CHRISTIAN CREMATION PRACTICES

In biblical times fire was often regarded as symbolic of the divine presence, so it was appropriate to feature fire in sacred ceremonies. God was represented by a flaming torch in an encounter with Abraham, and at Mt. Sinai 'the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire' (Exod. 24:17). Since fire represents God, cremation can be a symbol of the believer entering into the presence of God. There are other biblical occurrences of people being burned...

aJoshua 7:25
"And Joshua said, 'Why have you troubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day.' And all Israel stoned them
with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones."
b1 Sam. 31:12
"All the valiant men rose and walked all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of
Beth-shan, and they came to Jabesh, and burned them there."
c2 Kings 23:20
"And all the priests of the high places who were there he slaughtered on the altars and burned human bones on
them; then he returned to Jerusalem."

Ultimately, there is no difference between cremation and burying. When the body is buried, given enough time, it will completely disintegrate. So, cremation and burying ultimately lead to the same physical condition of complete disintegration. In the resurrection, our infinitely powerful God who knows all things, will be able to produce our resurrected bodies.There is nothing to prevent God from accomplishing His promises to raise us.

Funeral Liturgy



The casketed bodily remains are honored by being brought to the Church. This is the most important part of the celebration of the Christian Funeral. We celebrate the life of the deceased in the whole context of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It is important to know that cremation does not preclude the casketed remains from being present at Mass.

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CHRISTIAN MEMORIAL SERVICE

Choosing cremation rather than burial does not diminish the value of a wonderful life. Cremation, like burial...is simply the final destination of the physical body of the deceased. The remembrance of the heart, spirit and soul is a treasure which only you and your family can truly know and honor. The goal is to help you find joy in the way you choose to celebrate and cherish the memories. You may wish to have a Christian Memorial Service at the funeral home chapel or cremation garden.



REMEMBRANCE

The memories of our loved ones live on in our hearts and minds. Remembrance Jewelry & Remembrance Keepsakes should symbolize the treasure that those memories represent. Family Remembrance Vessels capture a person's individuality & personality while honoring a life that has been loved and lost.