"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 Book of Common Prayer
St. Paul's seeks to serve the sick, the dying, and their families through prayer, and sacraments, at home, the hospital, or hospice. Our ministry is about celebrating each person's Easter moment, and our trust in the resurrection to eternal life.
If you would like to talk to someone about ministration to the sick, please call the parish office at 203-637-2447.
The Funeral Liturgy is found in the Book of Common Prayer, and normally involves music and communion. This Liturgy, or a Burial service alone, can be offered at St. Paul's. We will guide you though the process of selecting scripture readings, remembrances from family and friends, and music, as well as choosing a date and time for the service.
These services may be followed by the Committal, a brief service of interment in St. Paul's Memorial Garden or a cemetery.
Flowers for funeral services are typically ordered by the family. Should the service be held on a Friday or Saturday, the flower arrangements for the Sunday worship can be used for the funeral service. Please contact the parish office if you have questions about flowers.
St. Paul's Memorial Garden is a portion of the church property designated for the internment of ashes following cremation.
You may wish to consult the Rector to help you make choices about your funeral liturgy. Please call the parish office to schedule a time to speak.