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Funerals and Memorials
Funerals and Memorial Services are an important feature of the Cathedral’s ministry, and we put time and care into the preparation of the service with others who are involved. Every one of these services is different, and they are tailor-made for each individual, to be an apt rite of passage during which the bereaved can rightly mourn and reflect upon their own mortality, as well as celebrating and giving thanks for their deceased loved-one and commending him or her into the merciful arms of God, through whose son, Jesus, we have the hope of life beyond the grave. Where appropriate, we will also offer pastoral support to those who are bereaved.
Who can have a funeral or memorial at the Cathedral?
It is not easy to provide an exhaustive list in answer to this question, but the following might offer useful guidance:
- Members of the Cathedral community.
- People from the Cathedral’s Residual Parish.*
- People from a parish in the Anglican Diocese of Manchester, whose parish church would be too small to accommodate the congregation.
- People with a demonstrable connection with the Cathedral (e.g. a member of staff).
- People with a demonstrable connection with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, whose Regimental Chapel is in Manchester Cathedral.
- Significant public figures from the local community, whose funeral or memorial would require a church of substantial size, or whose local or national profile has been such that it is fitting for the service to take place in the ‘mother’ church of the Diocese of Manchester.
How do we book a funeral or memorial service?
In the first instance, please get in touch with the Precentor who will discuss the possibility with you. In the case of a funeral, it is usual for the Funeral Directors/local parish priest/Regiment (as appropriate) to be in touch with the Precentor, on behalf of the family.
The Precentor will discuss the costs of the service and other details with you.
Preparing and leading the service
In all cases the service is prepared by, or in consultation with, the Precentor, who has oversight of worship in the Cathedral. The officiant at the service is usually one of the Cathedral clergy, although there is ample opportunity for other ministers and people to take part, such as in the preaching, reading, prayers and tributes.
* Residual Parish
You can find out if you live in the Cathedral’s residual parish by going to www.acny.org.uk and typing in your postcode.