Ultimately, there is no difference between cremation and burial.
A Christian funeral service or Liturgy celebrates the faith of the deceased and Christ's victory over death and suffering.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. If you are not affiliated with a church, a priest or minister
representing your Christian Faith will be invited by the funeral home to lead a Christian Funeral Service at the funeral home chapel. We celebrate the life of the deceased
in the whole context of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
When cremation takes place before the Funeral Liturgy, the cremated remains which have been placed in a worthy vessel are set upon a pedestal. A candle is positioned
near the pedestal. The Prayers after Death and the Vigil for the Deceased may be adapted as necessary and appropriate and used before the Funeral Liturgy. The Rite of
Committal with Final Commendation may also be celebrated at that time.
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.
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."