Christ the King Episcopal Church
The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.
The Rector, Richard Gillespie Proctor, will be assisting you. Please talk with him before making any announcements regarding the officiating clergy, date and time of the service or receptions at Christ the King. The Rector will contact the altar guild, organist and reception guild, as necessary. He may be reached at (850) 267-3332 or to set up a conversation.
Click for a Christian Burial at Christ the King checklist which will be useful in the conversation.