Funerals at St. James

funerals-1It is most appropriate that whenever a Christian dies, his funeral and burial should be conducted under the auspices of the parish of which he was an active member. Sometimes, however, this is not possible and other times the person who has died is not a member of a church family. Should these circumstances arise, at the request of the family; St. James will provide a Christian funeral and burial for any baptized Christian.

All funerals should be held in the parish church itself with Fr. Sweeney directing the event with the funeral home professionals. However, many times the use of funeral home chapels or simple graveside services are preferred and we certainly will assist in those cases. It is however preference of the Church that the funeral be conducted at the altar of the parish church.

Funerals held here at St. James should include either the casket or the urn containing remains of the deceased. Flowers for the altar of the church are available through the Altar Guild of the church. It is not appropriate to flood the altar with flowers; however some flowers may be place in the narthex. The service will be conducted using the Burial Office of the Book of Common Prayer (p. 324ff.) 

This information is meant to give you a basic understanding of what we can do for in the event you wish the church to handle the funeral and burial of your loved one. Please contact Fr. Kevin Sweeney, at the church office (804-824-9552) or email him at  He can guide you through the process and fill you in on all the details of having a funeral here or elsewhere.

If you are a member of All Saints, we expect your funeral will occur here at the parish church. If one our members are at the point of death Fr. Sweeney should be called immediately regardless of the hour (540-476-1471). He should also be called immediately when a member has died. The funeral for an active participant in the life of this parish may include a celebration of the Holy Communion. This is commonly called a Requiem Mass. Contact Fr. Sweeney for any questions you may have or even if you would like to pre-plan for your funeral.

 St. James Anglican Church
6124 Abingdon Glebe Lane
Gloucester, VA 23061
(804) 824-9552
Fr. Kevin Sweeney
(540) 476-1471

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