Funeral Readings

Old Testament

2 Maccabees 12:43-46 He acted in a noble and excellent way as he had the resurrection of the dead in view.
2Job 19:1, 23-27I know that my Vindicator lives.
3 Wisdom 3:1-9 (Long Form) As sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
Wisdom 3:1-6,9 (Short Form)
4Wisdom 4:7-15 An unsullied life, the attainment of old age.
5Isaiah 25:6a,7-9  He will destroy death forever.
6Lamentations 3:17-26It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.
7Daniel 12:1-3 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.

New Testament

1Romans 5:5-11 Since we are now justified by his Blood, we will be saved through him from the wrath.
2Romans 5:17-21 Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more.
3Romans 6:3-9 (Long Form) We too might live in newness of life.
Romans 6:3-4,8-9 (Short Form)
4Romans 8:14-23 We also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
5Romans 8:31b-35,37-39 What will separate us from the love of Christ?
6Romans 14:7-9,10c-12 Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
71 Corinthians 15:20-28 So too in Christ shall all be brought to life.
81 Corinthians 15:20-23 Death is swallowed up in victory.
91 Corinthians 15:51-57 What is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.
102 Corinthians 4:14-5:1 We have a building from God, eternal in heaven.
112 Corinthians 5:1,6-10 He will change our lowly bodies to conform to his glory.
12Philippians 3:20-21 Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
131 Thessalonians 4:13-18 If we have died with him we shall also live with him.
142 Timothy 2:8-13 We shall see him as he is.
151 John 3:1-2 We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.
161 John 3:14-16 He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.
17Acts 10:34-43   (Long Form)Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
Acts 10:34-36,42-43 (Short Form)
18Revelation 14:13 The dead were judged according to their deeds.
19Revelation 20:11-21:1There shall be no more death.
20Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7


1Matthew 5:1-12a Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
2Matthew 11:25-30 Come to me and I will give you rest.
3Matthew 25:1-13 Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to him!
4Matthew 25:31-46 Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
5Mark 15:33-39;16:1-6 Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
Mark 15:33-39
6Luke 7:11-17 Young man, I tell you, arise!
7Luke 12:35-40 You also must be prepared.
8Luke 23:33,39-43 Today you will be with me in Paradise.
9Luke 23:44-46,50,52-53;24:1-6a Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
Luke 23:44-46,50,52-53
10Luke 24:13-35 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?
Luke 24:13-16,28-35
11John 5:24-29 Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from death to life.
12John 6:37-40 I shall raise him on the last day.
13John 6:51-59 Whoever eats this bread will live forever, and I will raise them up on the last day.
14John 11:17-27 I am the resurrection and the life.
John 11:21-27
15John 11:32-45 Lazarus, come out!
16John 12:23-28 If it dies, it produces much fruit.
John 12:23-26
17John 14:1-6In my Father’s house, there are many dwellings.
18John 17:24-26I wish that where I am they also may be with me.
19John 19:17-18,25-39And bowing his head he handed over his Spirit.