The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its meaning
in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we,
too, shall be raised.
The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that
neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things
present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor
anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the
love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The
very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow
when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of
his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into
the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those
who mourn. (The Book of Common Prayer, page 507).
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