FUNERAL READINGS FOR ADULTS

Below you will find the approved readings for planning a funeral liturgy.

Please select one reading from each of the categories (First reading, Psalm, Second reading, Gospel).

Each scripture reference is followed by a summary theme of that reading.

Click on the underlined scripture for the entire text.

Bring a copy of your four selections of the entire text to your meeting with the presider.

First Reading  - Old Testament  

For use at any time of the year:

C1 - 2 Maccabees 12: 43-46  “he acted in an excellent and noble way..."

C2 - Job 19: 1, 23-27a  "I know that my vindicator lives...."

C3 - Wisdom 3: 1-9 (long version)  "The souls of the just are in the hand of God..." OR  Wisdom 3: 1-6, 9 (short version)

C4 - Wisdom 4: 7-15  "The just man, though he die early, shall be at rest..."

C5 - Isaiah 25: 6a, 7-9  "he will destroy death forever..."

C6 - Lamentations 3: 17-26  "My portion is the Lord, says my soul..."

C7 - Daniel 12: 1-3  "many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake..."

FIRST READING EASTER SEASON ONLY (easter sunday-pentecost)

C8 - Acts 10: 34-43 (long version)  “He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead…”  OR Acts 10: 34-36, 42-43 (short version)

C9 - Revelation 14:13  “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…”

C10 - Revelation 20:11 - 21:1  “The dead were judged according to their deeds…”

C11 - Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7  “there shall be no more death or mourning …”

PSALM SELECTIONS

 D1 – Psalm 23:1-3, 4, 5, 6: “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.”

 D2 – Psalm 25:6 and 7b, 17-18, 20-21: “To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.”

 D3 – Psalm 27:1 ,4, 7and 8b, and 9a, 13-14: “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” or “I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the Land of           the living.”

D4 – Psalm 42:2, 3, 5cdef; 43:3, 4, 5: “My soul is thirsting for the living God: when shall I see him face to face?”

D5 – Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9:  My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord, my God.”

D6 - Psalm 103:8 and 10, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18: “The Lord is kind and merciful.”

D7 – Psalm 116:5, 6, 10-11, 15-16ac: “I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.”

D8 – Psalm 122;1-2, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9: “I rejoiced when I heard them say; let us go to the house of the Lord.”

D9 - Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6ab, 6c-7, 8: “Out of the depths, I cry to you, Lord.”

D10 - Psalm 143:1-2, 5-6, 7ab and 8ab, 10: “O Lord, hear my prayer.”

Second reading - New Testament

E1 - Romans 5: 5-11  "We were reconciled to God through the death of his Son..."

E2 - Romans 5: 17-21  "through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all..."

E3 - Romans 6:  3-9 (long version)  "...if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall live with him..."  OR   Romans 6: 3-4, 8-9  (short version)

E4 - Romans 8: 14-23  “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are Children of God"

E5 - Romans 8: 31-35, 37-39  "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

E6 - Romans 14: 7-9, 10c-12  "This is why Christ died and came to life"

E7 - 1 Corinthians 15: 20-28 (long version)  "In Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life."  OR  1 Corinthians 15: 20-23 (short version)

E8 - 1 Corinthians 15: 51-57  "Death where is your victory?"

E9 - 2 Corinthians 4: 15-5:1  "The one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us..."

E10 - 2 Corinthians 5: 1, 6-10  "We would rather leave the body and go home..."

E11 - Philippians 3: 20-21  "He will change our lowly body..."

E12 - 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18  "If we believe that Jesus died and rose..."

E13 - 2 Timothy 2: 8-13  "Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead..."

E14 - 1 John 3: 1-2  "Beloved, we are God's children now..."

E15 - 1 John 3: 14-16  "We know that we have passed from death to life..."

Gospel

G1 - Matthew 5: 1-12a  "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven."

G2 - Matthew 11: 25-30  "come to me . . . and I will give you rest."

G3 - Matthew 25: 1-13  "Behold the bridegroom! Come out to him"

G4 - Matthew 25: 31-46  "Come, you who are blessed by my father…"

G5 - Mark 15: 33-39, 16: 1-6 (long version)  "Jesus gave a laud cry and breathed his last." OR  Mark 15: 33-39 (short version)

G6 - Luke 7: 11-17  "Young man, I say to you, arise."

G7 - Luke 12: 35-40  "Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,..."

G8 - Luke 23: 33, 39-43  "Today you will be with me in paradise."

G9 - Luke 23: 44-46, 50, 52-53, 24:1-6a  "Father, I put my life in your hands."

G10 - Luke 24: 13-35 (long version)  "Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer ..."  OR  Luke 24: 13-16, 28-35 (short version)

G11 - John 5: 24-29  "Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from death to life..."

G12 - John 6: 37-40  "All who believe in the Son will have eternal life..."

G13 - John 6: 51-59  "All who eat this bread will live forever, and I will raise them up...."

G14 - John 11: 17-27 (long version)  "I am the resurrection and the life."  OR   John 11: 21-27  (short version)

G15 - John 11: 32-45  "Lazarus, come out."

G16 - John 12: 23-28 (long version)  "If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies..."  OR  John 12: 23-26 (short version)

G17 - John 14: 1-6  "There are many rooms in my Father's house."

G18 - John 17: 24-26  “I wish that where I am they also may be with me…"

G19 - John 19: 17-18, 25-39  "Jesus bowed his head and gave up his Spirit."