WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS

WEDDINGS

A wedding performed at Calvary Church is meant to be a not only a joyous time but also a reverent act of commitment between those who seek to be married. As an Episcopal Church, Calvary is also a liturgical and sacramental church. Therefore, our worship services, including weddings, reflect the sacramental nature of our tradition.

The Rite of Holy Matrimony is set forth in the Book of Common Prayer and is the order of worship used in all weddings that take place at Calvary. The rector has authority over any special requests. However, we believe you will find the Rite of Holy Matrimony to be a beautiful, stately, and majestic service, both traditional in its origins and contemporary in its spirit.

Our guidelines are intended to make sure that the wedding ceremony accommodates both the desires of the couple and the context of the church setting.

For more information about weddings at Calvary, including the requirement for pre-marital counseling, please click here for the guidelines and agreement form.

FUNERALS

Death often comes unexpectedly, and so the liturgy for honoring and celebrating the life of a deceased loved one is often arranged at short notice. We understand the stress of needing to arrange a funeral and deal with other business matters while under the burden of grief and sorrow. As a rule, then, we acknowledge that, generally, a funeral or memorial service will take precedence over other activities, except for Sunday morning worship.

The Burial Rite that is used in the Episcopal Church has two forms:  Rite I (traditional, Elizabethan language) and Rite II (contemporary language). Both services are Easter liturgies. The liturgy finds all its meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we, too, shall be raised. Therefore, these services contain strains of joy, in the certainty that we will at death be united with God, even as we pray and honor the deceased with deep sorrow.

Funerals and memorial services are arranged between the clergy and the family of the deceased, and the date and time often depends on family arrangements. Generally, the rector will preside at a funeral or memorial service. An exception to this rule may be requested of the rector. There may or may not be Communion offered at this service, at the discretion of those making the arrangements.

Note that Episcopal burial services include a homily but never a eulogy.