"Let light perpetual shine upon them."
—Book of Common Prayer
Churches have traditionally laid the departed to rest within their walls. In keeping with this tradition, Grace has established a columbarium within the chapel to ensure those who desire to be interred within the church will remain a part of our community, even as they have entered the nearer presence of God.
The word "columbarium" is derived from "columba," the Latin for "dovecote," a compartmented house where doves, the symbol of God's spirit and peace, come to roost. In modern terms, a columbarium is a consecrated structure used for the interment of ashes after cremation. It can be a place of remembrance, meditation, and prayer.
At Grace, ashes may be interred in the chapel or spread in the courtyard garden. Our services are available for anyone, whether they are members of Grace or not, whether they are baptized Christians or not. Plans may be made for future or immediate use.
Please contact Father Jonathan Grieser, Rector, for additional information. The columbarium is administrated by the Rector and members of the Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium Trust.