Holy Sepulcher, Orange

7845 Santiago Canyon Road
Orange, CA 92669
(714) 532-6551

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Established in 1930… The largest of the Diocesan cemeteries, Holy Sepulcher is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills. Holy Sepulcher is the final resting place for many Diocesan priests and religious. Our annual All Souls Day Masses and Memorial Day Masses take place at the outdoor altar, donated by the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Holy Sepulcher refers to the tomb in which the Body of Jesus Christ was laid after His death upon the Cross. The Evangelists tell us that it was Joseph of Arimathea’s own new monument, which he had hewn out of a rock, and that it was closed by a great stone rolled to the door (Matthew 27:60, Mark 15:46; Luke 23:53). It was in a garden in the place of the Crucifixion and was nigh to the Cross (John 19:41, 42) which was erected outside the walls of Jerusalem, in the place called Calvary but close to the city (John 19:20) and by a street (Matthew 27:39; Mark 15:29).

 

The new Mt. of Olives Mausoleum

The recently completed Mt. of Olives Mausoleum is an impressive construction project that will enable the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery to serve our community for an additional 75 years.

Mt. of Olives offers more than 20 family estates of various capacities. The property has more than 1,000 double-depth companion lawn crypts, 450 single-depth lawn crypts, and 550 niche spaces for two-urn placements each. Finally, there are almost 2,000 wall crypts, all of which have direct street access.

A life-size statue of Jesus is currently being cast in bronze for placement atop a continuously running fountain in the center rotunda of the complex. Delivery and installation of the statue is anticipated in the very near future.

A public dedication and special blessing ceremony by Bishop Kevin Vann is currently tentatively scheduled for November 2nd to coincide with the annual celebration of the Eucharist on All Souls Day.

 

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north-facing lower terrace of Mt of Olives

Holy Sepulcher Cemetery: View of the lower terrace from the south

Upper Terrace Mt of Olives facing south

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Overhead view of the Mt. of Olives Mausoleum*

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GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Lawn Crypts

A lawn crypt is a pre-placed, concrete burial vault in which caskets are placed at the time of interment. Lawn crypts, which are below ground, help to protect the casket after burial.

Single Depth: Single depth lawn crypts are designed to hold one casket / $8,050 – $12,075

Double Depth: Double depth lawn crypts are designed to hold two caskets, with one casket on top of the other / $13,455

Oversize:  Oversize lawn crypts are designed to hold oversized (larger than normal) caskets. Oversized lawn crypts can either be single- or double-depth.

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Wall Crypts

Wall crypts are vertically-stacked burial spaces for caskets, and are usually above-ground burial spaces accessed from a crypt front, or shutter at the time of interment.

Single Depth: A single wall crypt provides space for one casket.

Tandem (Double Depth): Tandem wall crypts, sometimes referred to as double-depth wall crypts, provide burial space for two caskets, in which the caskets are arranged next to each other on the same level with the shorter sides of the casket next to each other (head to head).

Companion: Companion wall crypts provide burial space for two caskets, in which the caskets are arranged next to each other lengthwise (side by side).

Westminster: Westminster refers to a wall crypt arrangement in which there is burial space for two caskets, with one casket residing above ground and one casket residing below ground, with a single crypt front or shutter.

Westminster Double Depth: A Westminster Double Depth lawn crypt refers to a wall crypt arrangement in which there is burial space for four caskets, with two caskets residing above ground in a tandem arrangement, and two caskets residing below ground in a tandem arrangement (over under), with a single crypt front or shutter.

Oversize: Oversize wall crypts are designed to hold oversized (larger than normal) caskets.

 

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Cremation Options

Columbarium: A columbarium is a structure of vaults designed to hold urns (similar to wall crypts except for urns instead of caskets). Columbariums can either be part of a building facade, interior room, or as a free-standing wall.

Companion Niches: A companion niche refers to a space within a columbarium that provides space for two urns, often with a wide shutter or front.

 

Family Estate Options

Private Family Estates: A private family estate is a parcel of land, surrounded by half-high walls with a gate for privacy, that provides for either tradition burial (casket) or inurnment (urn).