At this point in the Divine Service the curtain separating this life from the next is drawn back and we sing with those who have gone before us the glory of Christ's victory over sin and death.  Here, in the Divine Service, as nowhere else on earth, we are together as one, saints above and saints on earth.  Here, more than anywerhe else in this life, we are near to those who have died in Christ.  No memories or private devotions can rival the reality that all the community of heaven worships with us when we worship together in the Divine Service on a Sunday morning.  What better place to find healing and reunion with loved ones than in the gathering of God's people before the altar?

Richard Eyer - "They Will See His Face" - CPH - 83-84.