Below you will find the approved First Readings (Old Testament) for planning a funeral liturgy for use at any time of the year.
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Each scripture reference is followed by a summary theme of that reading.
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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..."
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)
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 …”