PipeChat Digest #4573 - Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Re: Anglican funeral rites
  by "Russ Greene" <rggreene2@shaw.ca>

(back) Subject: Re: Anglican funeral rites From: "Russ Greene" <rggreene2@shaw.ca> Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 19:26:17 -0500   Yet again, St. Andrew's Anglican Woodhaven here in Winnipeg, Canada is doubly blessed.   Our congregation numbers about 700 souls, counting only those who are envelope subscribers (no bloated "parish" list here). We can seat 250 in a pinch, more like 200 without setting out extra chairs. Choir of 25 in a reasonably resonant building. And a separate funeral choir of 10-20, many of whom are retired choristers. Very little crossover between the active members of the two groups. What a joy this place is!   Russ Greene     On Jun 22, 2004, at 3:11 PM, Raymond H. Clark, Quilisma Publications wrote:   > The MAIN problem with Anglican funeral rites is that they haven't been > done correctly since (probably) WWII, at least not in the USA. > > ...Problem #1: it's a CHORAL service, REQUIRING the presence of a > CHOIR, not just an organist or an organist and a soloist. There was a > time when parish choirs (large and small) turned out for funerals as a > matter of course, both in the US and the UK. > > It's a self-fulfilling prophecy: "Oh, we can't get the choir to come > out for funerals," so the family is never offered the OPTION of having > the choir.