Church of the Good Shepherd
The Memorial Garden and Good Shepherd Columbarium were both dedicated on the
19th Sunday after Pentecost, All Saint's Day, October 6, 1996, by former rector
and Bishop of the Diocese, The Rt. Rev. William Grant Black, and by the current
rector, Fr. Morgan, as officiants. The Columbarium Ground Breaking
Ceremony originally occurred on the 40th anniversary of the Laying of the Good
Shepherd cornerstone, All Saint's Day, November 1, 1992. The site is
central to the church grounds, and maintained with great care and attention by
members of the Altar Guild, Good Shepherd Garden Committee, and the parish
sexton. Niches in the columbarium are available to parishioners, and may
be placed on reserve for future use.
Those interred to date: (2001)
Columbarium Ground Breaking
(Adapted from Good Shepherd Ground Breaking Ceremony, Epiphany, 1952)
November 1, 1992
For as much as devout and faithful people have taken in hand to build on this ground a Columbarium to be dedicated to the glory of God, let us ask the blessing of Almighty God upon this undertaking.
Eternal God, who hast taught us that whatsoever we do we shall do in the Name
of thy Son Jesus Christ; Mercifully hear us, coming to thee in his Name, and
vouchsafe to bless and hallow this ground, upon which we propose to build a
columbarium dedicated to thy eternal and everlasting
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we break ground for this church's columbarium, and may the Lord bless our undertaking. Amen.
(Rector and former rector each turn over a shovel of earth)
Accept we pray thee, O Lord, the service of this day. Let thy continued blessing rest upon the work now begun. Watch over all those who shall take part in the work, that they may be preserved from all danger or distractions. Give us all thankful hearts that we may ever praise thee for all thy goodness to us: through thy Son our Lord, who, with thee and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. AMEN.
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