If you are visiting this page, we wish to begin by expressing our most sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved.
May their soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
For more information regarding having a funeral at St. Paul's / San Pablo please contact the parish office at 713-645-5031. Please also let your funeral director or funeral home know that St. Paul's Episcopal Church will be conducting the funeral services.
More about death and resurrection...
The liturgy of the dead is an Easter liturgy. All its meaning is found in the resurrection. Because Jesus was resurrected from the dead we too will be resurrected. The liturgy is therefore characterized by joy in the certainty that "neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor the present, nor what is to come, nor powers, nor what is high, nor deep, nor anything in all creation, can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. "This joy, however, does not make human pain not Christian. The same love that we have for each other in Christ brings deep sadness when we say goodbye to death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that the people we love have entered the close presence of our Lord, we are in solidarity with those who mourn. - The Book of Common Prayer pg. 507
Death is a part of life; Conscious Christians recognize this and prepare for it. For the Christian, the time to prepare for death is when one is physically and mentally healthy. Planning in advance allows family and friends to deal with the pain at the time of the deatah of a loved one and lighten the burden of the many details that will come on the way.
Christian burial is marked by three characteristics. The first is an act of worship that glorifies God for the gift of the eternal life of Jesus Christ. The second is a moment in which the members of the Body of Christ come together to console one another and to offer the mutual guarantee of God's permanent love. And third, it is a liturgy of the celebration for which we give thanks for a deceased loved one and congratulate that person when being in the care of Almighty God.
The funeral is an act of collective worship rather than a private matter. It is a time to celebrate, commemorate and give thanks for the life of the deceased. A funeral is an appropriate value in a church for a service of the Holy Eucharist.
Parish clergy consider death and funerals an important part of their work. They care about their family and are anxious to offer comfort and are always available to help you understand God's love. The Christian funeral usually includes two or three lessons from the Old Testament, the epistle or the Gospels. The readings of the Bible speak of the care of God and the hope of eternal life.
Some churches have a columbarium to contain the cremated ashes. A columbarium is a structure for the placement of the ashes of the dead and can be placed inside or outside. The ashes are placed in niches within the columbarium and are marked with a commemorative plaque.