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FUNERALS - READINGS
The readings from the Sacred Scriptures proclaim the Paschal mystery, teach remembrance of the dead, convey the hope of being gathered together again in God's kingdom, and encourage the witness of Christian life. The readings tells of God's design for a world in which suffering and death will relinquish their hold on all whom God has called his own.

Usually there are three readings during the Funeral Mass. One from the Old Testament, a second from the New Testament epistles, and a third from the Gospels proclaimed by the Deacon or Priest. During the Easter Season, the Old Testament reading may be replaced with a reading from the New Testament.

Clicking on the links below will open a pdf of the reading.



He acted in a noble and excellent way as he had the resurrection of the dead in view.
I know that my Vindicator lives.
As sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.

An unsullied life, the attainment of old age.
He will destroy death forever.
It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.
Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.




Since we are now justified by his Blood, we will be saved through him from the wrath.
Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more.
We too might live in newness of life.


We also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
So too in Christ shall all be brought to life.
Death is swallowed up in victory.
What is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.
We have a building from God, eternal in heaven.
He will change our lowly bodies to conform to his glory.
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
If we have died with him we shall also live with him.
We shall see him as he is.
We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.
He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.


The dead were judged according to their deeds.
There shall be no more death.





Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
Come to me and I will give you rest.
Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to him!
Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.


Young man, I tell you, arise!
You also must be prepared.
Today you will be with me in Paradise.
Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.


Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?


Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from death to life.
I shall raise him on the last day.
Whoever eats this bread will live forever, and I will raise them up on the last day.
I am the resurrection and the life.


Lazarus, come out!
If it dies, it produces much fruit.


In my Father's house there are many dwellings.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me.
And bowing his head he handed over his Spirit.

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Gospel


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2 Maccabees 12:43-46
Job 19:1, 23-27
Wisdom 3:1-9
(Long Form)
Wisdom 3:1-6,9
(Short Form)
Wisdom 4:7-15
Isaiah 25:6a,7-9            
Lamentations 3:17-26
Daniel 12:1-3




Romans 5:5-11
Romans 5:17-21
Romans 6:3-9
(Long Form)
Romans 6:3-4,8-9
(Short Form)

Romans 8:14-23
Romans 8:31b-35,37-39
Romans 14:7-9,10c-12
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
1 Corinthians 15:20-23
1 Corinthians 15:51-57
2 Corinthians 4:14-5:1
2 Corinthians 5:1,6-10
Philippians 3:20-21
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
2 Timothy 2:8-13
1 John 3:1-2
1 John 3:14-16
Acts 10:34-43  
(Long Form)
Acts 10:34-36,42-43
(Short Form)

Revelation 14:13
Revelation 20:11-21:1
Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7            




Matthew 5:1-12a
Matthew 11:25-30
Matthew 25:1-13
Matthew 25:31-46
Mark 15:33-39;16:1-6
Mark 15:33-39

Luke 7:11-17
Luke 12:35-40
Luke 23:33,39-43
Luke 23:44-46,50,52-53;24:1-6a
Luke 23:44-46,50,52-53

Luke 24:13-35
Luke 24:13-16,28-35

John 5:24-29
John 6:37-40
John 6:51-59
John 11:17-27
John 11:21-27

John 11:32-45
John 12:23-28
John 12:23-26

John 14:1-6
John 17:24-26
John 19:17-18,25-39