Abput the project
Liturgy for the Visitation of the Dying
Lake Chelan Lutheran Church proposes to create a liturgy for the visitation of the dying that will connect the hope of dying daily in our baptism with the dying that takes place daily in the bodies of those around us.
Accompanying the dying is hard work. It means swimming against the stream of our culture of denial by acknowledging that death is all around us. It means facing our own mortality in the dying eyes of a fellow human being.
A common liturgy, shared by the community, not only comforts the dying, but also forms the community. It offers words and song to people who feel they have no adequate words. It offers courage to face the helplessness of our dying sisters and brothers in Christ while facing our own vulnerability.
Combining the beauty of music and poetry with that of the fine arts., the liturgy to be developed will be set in illuminated manuscript by local artists. The goal is to have the manuscript printable for distribution to other congregations.