Funeral 2nd Readings

Funeral Mass 1st Readings and Psalms

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Some suggestions for readings from the New Testament

 Second Readings

1. A reading from the Acts of the Apostles:

Peter addressed Cornelius and his household: “The truth I have now come to realize,” he said, “Is that God does not have favourites” but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to Him.

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“It is true, God sent his word to the people of Israel, and it was to them that the good news of peace was brought by Jesus Christ – but Jesus Christ is the Lord of all people, and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed Him to be judge of everyone, alive or dead. It is to Him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through His name.”

This is the word of the Lord.



2. A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans (14:7-12)The life and death of each of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life, it was that he might be both Lord of the dead and the living. We shall all have to stand before the judgement seat of God; as scripture says; By my life - it is the Lord who speaks - every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall praise God. It is God, therefore, that each of us must give an account of himself.This is the Word of the Lord.



3. A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans (8:35, 37-39)Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food and clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us.For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.This is the word of the Lord.


4. A reading from the second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (5:1,6-10)For we know that when the tent we live in on earth is folded up, there is a house built for us, an everlasting home not made by human hands, in the heavens.We are always full of confidence, then, when we remember that to live in the body means to be exiled from the Lord, going as we do by faith and not by sight, - we are full of confidence, I say, and actually want to be exiled from the body and make our home with the Lord. Whether we are living in the body or exiled from it, we are intent on pleasing him. For all the truth about us will be brought out in the law court of Christ, and each of us will get what we deserve for the things we did in the body, good and bad.This is the Word of the Lord.


5. A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians (3:20-21)For us, our homeland is in heaven, and from heaven comes the saviour we are waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body. He will do that by the same power with which he can subdue the whole universe.This is the Word of the Lord.




 6. A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians (3:8,10-14)I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. All I want is to know is Christ and the power of his Resurrection and to share his sufferings by reproducing the pattern of his death. That is the way I can hope to take my place in the resurrection of the dead. Not that I have become perfect yet: I have not yet won, but I am still running, trying to capture the prize for which Christ Jesus captured me. I can assure you, I am far from thinking I have already won. All I can say is that I forget the past and I strain ahead for what is to come; I am racing for the finish, for the prize to which God calls us upwards to receive in Christ Jesus.

This is the word of the Lord.



7. A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians (4:13-18)We want you to be quite certain about those who have died, to make sure that you do not grieve about them, like other people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus: God will bring them with him. At the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the Lord himself will come down from Heaven; those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and then those of us who are still alive will be taken up into the clouds, together with them, to meet the Lord in the air. So we shall stay with the Lord for ever. With such thoughts as these we will comfort one another.

This is the Word of the Lord.


8. A reading from the second letter of Saint Paul to Timothy (4,6-8)

As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteousness judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but to all who have longed for his appearing.

This is the Word of the Lord



9. A reading from the first letter of St. John (3:1-2)Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us,by letting us be called God"s children;and that is what we are.Because the world refused to acknowledge him,therefore it does not acknowledge us.My dear people, we are already the children of Godbut what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed;All we know is, that when it is revealed,we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.This is the Word of the Lord.



10. A reading from the first letter of St. John.

Let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love, does not know God, for God is love.

God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

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Since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.