Gardens & Grounds

Memorials Guidelines and Procedures (pdf)

From a Rogation Procession on April 23, 2017, marking the 150th Anniversary of the first service held at Grace Church:

Leader:  As the earth puts forth its blossom, a garden bursts into flower, and a tree puts forth its leaves,
All:  So shall the Lord God make righteousness and praise blossom before all the nations.

Reader
Almighty God, you have always invited your servants to withdraw from time to time for quiet and refreshment; be present with all who come to this churchyard, set apart from the fever and rush of daily life, for prayer, remembrance and quiet contemplation.  Thank you, Lord, for the labor and dedication of those who have care for these grounds and gardens now, and have done so throughout Grace’s history.   
Hold in your heart the efforts of all these your servants, and prosper the works of their hands.  Make this place of trees and flowers, buds, leaves and blossoms, its changes mirroring the cycles of the seasons and of the human heart, a haven of peace and a source of strength and grace for all who enter these gates.
All:  Amen.

Leader:  As the earth puts forth its blossom, a garden bursts into flower, and a tree puts forth its leaves,
All:  So shall the Lord God make righteousness and praise blossom before all the nations.