The Christian community gathers in its funeral liturgies to give thanks to God for the lives of those who have died, to grieve our loss and to express our faith in the resurrection by entrusting them to the eternal love of God. Our funeral services from the Book of Common Prayer normally take place in the church nave and most include a celebration of the Eucharist. Click here for further information about funerals and memorial services at St. Columba’s.
This moving and powerful ceremony is a recent development in the life of the Church. It is held twice a year and celebrates the transition from childhood to adulthood of young members who have reached or are approaching the age of 13. The rite marks an important stage in our comprehensive program for youth called Journey to Adulthood, and involves a two-year program of preparation. Click here for further information about our Journey to Adulthood program for youth.
This short ceremony of thanksgiving may take place during a Sunday Eucharist and provides a joyful opportunity to offer gratitude to God and welcome a child into the community. The service may be found on p. 439 of the Book of Common Prayer. If you are interested in having this ceremony for your child, please contact Peter Antoci (firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-363-4119, ext. 245).