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Funeral Mass Gospel readings

Some suggestions for readings from the Old Testament

 First Readings                                                                          

1.  A reading from the Book of Wisdom. (3:1-9)
The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God,
no torment shall ever touch them.
In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die,
their going looked like a disaster,
their leaving us, like annihilation;
but they are at peace.
If they experienced punishment as men see it,
their hope was rich with immortality;
slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be.
God has put them to the test
and proved them to be worthy with him;
he has tested them like gold in a furnace,
and accepted them as a holocaust.
When the time comes for his visitation they will shine out;
as sparks run through the stubble, so will they.
they shall judge nations, rule over peoples, and
the Lord will be their king forever.
They who trust in him will understand the truth,
those who are faithful will live with him in love;
for grace and mercy await those he has chosen.
This is the Word of the Lord!


2.  A reading from the Book of Wisdom (4:7-15)
The virtuous person, though he die before his time, will find rest.
Length of days is not what makes age honourable,
nor number of years the measure of life;
understanding, this is man's grey hairs, untarnished life, this is ripe old age.
He has sought to please God, so God has loved him;
as he was living among sinners, he has been taken up.
He has been carried off so that evil may not wrap his understanding
or treachery seduce his soul;
Coming to perfection in so short a while, he achieved long life;
his soul being pleasing to the Lord,
he has taken him quickly from the wickedness around him.
Yet people look on, uncomprehending;
it does not enter their heads that grace and mercy await the chosen of the Lord,
and protection, his holy ones.
This is the word of the Lord


 3. A reading from the prophet Isaiah
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name, you are mine.
Should you pass through the sea, I will be with you;
Or through the rivers, they will not swallow you up.
Should you walk through fire, you will not be scorched and the flames will not burn you.
For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
This is the Word of the Lord.




4. A reading from the Book of Ecclesiasticus
Let us praise the illustrious,
our ancestors in their successive generations.
Here is a list of the generous
whose good works have not been forgotten.
In their descendents there remains
a rich inheritance born of them.
Their descendents stand by their covenants and
thanks to them, so do their children's children.
Their offspring will last forever,
their glory will not fade.
Their bodies have been buried in peace,
and their names live on for all generations.
The peoples will proclaim their wisdom,
the assembly will celebrate their praise.
This is the word of the Lord.



5. A reading from the book of Ecclesiastes: (3:1-7,11)
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to root up what is planted;
A time to break down and a time to build up;
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance;
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep and a time to discard;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
God has made everything suitable for its time.
This is the word of the Lord.



6. A reading from the prophet Isaiah (25:6-9)
On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food. On this mountain he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples, and the shroud enwrapping all nations, he will destroy death forever.
The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek; he will take away his people's shame everywhere on earth, for the Lord has said so. That day, it will be said: See, this is our God in whom we hoped for salvation; the Lord is the one in whom we hoped. We exult and we rejoice that he has saved us.
This is the word of the Lord.



7. A reading from the prophet Isaiah (12,2-6)
Truly, God is my salvation, I trust, I shall not fear, for the Lord is my strength, my song, he became my Saviour. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name! Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples! Declare the greatness of his name! Sing a psalm to the Lord, for he has done glorious deeds, make them known to all the earth! People of Zion, sing and shout for joy for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

This is the word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalms.

The Psalm is usually sung. It is a response to the Word of God which is proclaimed in the First Reading. The following are some suggestions;


1. Responsorial Psalm: Ps 22

    Response: The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.


The Lord is my shepherd;

There is nothing I shall want.

Fresh and green are the pastures

Where he gives me repose.

Near restful waters he leads me,

To revive my drooping spirit. Response.


He guides me along the right path;

He is true to his name.

If I should walk in the valley of darkness

No evil would I fear.

You are there with your crook and your staff;

With these you give me comfort. Response.


You have prepared a banquet for me

In the sight of my foes.

My head you have anointed with oil;

My cup is overflowing. Response.


Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me

All the days of my life.

In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell

For ever and ever.  Response



2. Responsorial Psalm: Ps 102.8. 10. 13-18. Rv8

    Response: The Lord is compassion and love.


The Lord is compassion and love,

Slow to anger and rich in mercy.

He does not treat us according to our sins

Nor repay us according to our faults.  Response.


As a father has compassion on his children,

The Lord has pity on those who fear him;

For he knows of what we are made of’

He remembers that we are dust. Response.


As for man, his days are like grass;

He flowers like the flowers of the field;

The wind blows and he is gone

 and his place never sees him again. Response.


But the love of the Lord is everlasting

upon those who hold him in fear;

His justice reaches out to children’s children

When they keep his covenant in truth. Response