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Christian Burial in the Church

Our ancient custom as Christians was to bury the faithful dead in the churchyard. The gravestones of all the ancestors of the community were visible as one entered the Church. We cannot have a churchyard at St. John's but we do have a columbarium, a specially designed cabinet in the Vestry Room that serves as a permanent depository for cinerary urns. Each unit bears a bronze plaque with the name and dates of the deceased engraved on it.  

 

The name of the memorial cabinet is derived from the Latin word for a dovecote -- the nesting boxes of doves. Columba means "dove" in Latin. A columbarium is a structure of these boxes. The first structures of this type were built and so named by the ancient Romans.

There are thirty units in the structure located on site. Five are reserved at present. The fee of $1000 reserves and secures the niche until it is needed. The funds are deposited in the permanent endowment of St. John's Church. There will be no further cost at the time of use of for maintenance.

If you would like to place a reservation, please consult the Rector or a member of the Vestry.