Funeral Readings

Sacred Scriptures for the Mass of Christian Burials

Old Testament Reading: Must be read by a practicing Catholic

1. Job 19: 1, 23-27 - I know that my Redeemer lives.
2. Wisdom 3:1-9 - The souls of the just are in the hand of God - He accepted them as a holocaust
3. Wisdom 4: 7-15 - A blameless life is a ripe old age.
4. Isaiah 25: 6a, 7-9 - On this mountain, the Lord will provide. The Lord God will destroy death forever.
5. Lamentations 3: 17-26 - It is good to wait in silence for the Lord God to save.
6. Daniel 12: 1-3 - Of those who lie sleeping in the dust of the earth many will awake.
7. 2 Maccabees 12: 43-46 - It is good and holy to think of the dead rising again.

Psalms: (sung by the parish cantor – you may suggest a Psalm)

New Testament Readings: Must be read by a practicing Catholic

1. Acts 10: 34-43 - God has appointed Jesus to judge everyone, alive and dead.
2. Romans 5: 5-11 - Hope does not disappoint; Having been justified by his blood, we will be saved from God's anger through him.
3. Romans 5: 17-21 - Where sin increased, there grace abounded all the more.
4. Romans 6: 3-9 - Let us walk in newness of life.
5. Romans 8: 14-23 - We grow while we wait for the redemption of our bodies.
6. Romans 8: 31b-39 - Who can ever come between us and the love of Christ?
7. Romans 14: 7-9, 10b-12 - Whether alive or dead, we belong to the Lord
8. 1 Corinthians 15: 20-28 - All people will be brought to life in Christ.
9. 1 Corinthians 15: 51-57 - Death is swallowed up in victory.
10. 2 Corinthians 4: 14- 5:1 - What is seen is transitory; what is unseen is eternal.
11. 2 Corinthians 5: 1, 6-10 - We have an everlasting home in heaven.
12. Philippians 3: 20-21 - Jesus will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours to be like His glorious body.
13. 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 - We shall stay with the Lord for ever.
14. 2 Timothy 2: 8-13 - If we have died with him, we shall live with him.
15. 1 John 3: 1-2 - We shall see God as He really is.
16. 1 John 3: 14-16 - We have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers and sisters.
17. Revelation 14: 13 - Happy are those who die in the Lord.
18. Revelation 20: 11- 21: 1 - The dead have been judged according to their works.
19. Revelation 21: 1-5a, 6b-7 - There will be no more death.

Gospel Readings: Read by Deacon or Priest

1. Matthew 5: 1-12 - The Beatitudes - Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
2. Mathew 11: 25-30 - Come to me and I will give your rest.
3. Matthew 25: 1-13 - Look, the bridegroom comes. Go out to meet him.
4. Matthew 25: 31-46 - Come, you whom my Father has blessed.
5. Mark 15: 33-39 - Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed His last.
6. Luke 7: 11-17 - Young one, I say to you, arise.
7. Luke 12: 35-40 - Be prepared.
8. Luke 23: 33, 39-43 - Today you will be with me in paradise. (The death on the cross)
9. Luke 23: 44-46, 50, 52-53; 24:1-6a - Father, I put my life in your hands.
10. Luke 24: 13-35 - The Emmaus Story - Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer and so enter into His glory?
11. John 5: 24-29 - Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from death to life.
12. John 6: 37-40 - All who believe in the Son will have eternal life and I will raise them to life again on the last day.
13. John 6: 51-58 - All who eat this bread will live for ever; and I will raise them up on the last day.
14. John 11: 17-27 - I am the resurrection and the life.
15. John 11: 32-45 - Lazarus, come out.
16. John 12: 23-28 - If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest.
17. John 14: 1-6 - There are many rooms in my Father's house.
18. John 17: 24-26 - Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am.
19. John 19: 17-18, 25-30 - Jesus bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

 
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