St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Funerals and Memorial Services at St. C’s

Inclement Weather Policy

For the most up-to-date information on scheduled activities, please call the parish office at 202-363-4119. If the automated attendant answers the phone, select option 9.

During periods of inclement weather, a liberal leave policy will be in effect for staff. So, while the parish may be open, individual activities, meetings, etc. may still be cancelled due to a staff member’s inability to get safely to the church. It’s best to call the parish office for current information.

On weekdays, St. Columba’s follows the DC Public Schools.  If they are closed, the parish is closed and all activities are cancelled (same for delayed openings). All activities scheduled before the delayed opening time are cancelled. All activities beginning after the delayed opening time will occur as scheduled.

On Sundays, while individual activities (Forum, Sunday School, meetings, etc.) might be canceled, worship services will occur as scheduled (except in very extreme conditions) and parishioners are asked to use their best judgment as to whether they can safely get to church. Call for the most up-to-date operational information.

One of the most significant and moving rites of the church is the Rite of Burial (found in The Book of Common Prayer, p. 491–505). The occasion of a funeral or memorial service provides an opportunity for friends and family to gather and give thanks for a life.

It seems strange to say that we give thanks when someone has died, but our tradition holds that just as Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, will be raised. The anthem spoken or sung at the start of the service begins "I am resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord. Whoever has faith in me shall have life, even though he die" (The Book of Common Prayer, p. 491). The burial rite is an Easter liturgy and its meaning is grounded in the promise and hope of the resurrection. Through these services of worship we give thanks to God who has given us life and who holds us in life even at our death. At a funeral service the body or cremated remains are present and are laid to rest at the conclusion of the service. A memorial service is one where the remains are not present.

At St. Columba’s we honor the profound mystery of grief and loss as we work to meet the needs of those who have experienced the death of a friend or family member. We are always ready to offer prayers for someone who has died. We are happy to convene a small gathering of friends to read scripture, say prayers and give thanks for a life or to prepare and offer a large formal funeral or memorial service. You can be sure that our team of clergy and staff will walk with you during this challenging time.

If you would like more information about funerals or memorial services call the office at 202-363-4119 or email pastoral@columba.org. To reach a member of the clergy concerning a death you may use the on-call telephone (202-669-4856) during and after office hours.

Columbarium

St. Columba’s has a columbarium on the 42nd Street side of the church property. This walled garden provides a place for cremated remains to be immured. The columbarium no longer has space available but plans are under way for additional niches to be built in the near future.

Receptions

Depending upon the family’s wishes and room availability, receptions following a funeral or memorial service may take place in the Common or Great Hall.

Click to download the following files:

Burial Service: Rite I
Burial Service: Rite II
Suggested Scriptures for Funerals and Memorial Services


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