Readings for Mass for Funerals

Old Testament

Job 19:1, 23-27

A reading from the book of Job

Then Job answered,
“O that my words were written down!
O that they were inscribed in a book!
O that with an iron pen and with lead
they were engraved on a rock forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see on my side,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another

The Word of the Lord

Wisdom 3:1-9 or 3:1-6. 9

A reading from the book of Wisdom

The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
Having been disciplined a little,
they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.
In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them forever.
Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.

The Word of the Lord

Wisdom 4:7-14

A reading from the book of Wisdom

The righteous, though they die early, will be at rest.
For old age is not honoured for length of time,
or measured by number of years;
but understanding is grey hair for anyone,
and a blameless life is ripe old age.
There were some who pleased God and were loved by him,
and while living among sinners were taken up.
They were caught up so that evil might not change
their understanding or guile deceive their souls.
For the fascination of wickedness obscures what is
good, and roving desire perverts the innocent mind.
Being perfected in a short time, they fulfilled long years;
for their souls were pleasing to the Lord,
therefore he took them quickly from the midst of wickedness.
Yet the peoples saw and did not understand,
or take such a thing to heart,
that God’s grace and mercy are with his elect,
and that he watches over his holy ones.

The Word of the Lord

Isaiah 25: 6. 7-9

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah

On this mountain the Lord of hosts
will make for all peoples a feast of rich food,
a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow,
of well-aged wines strained clear.
And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people
he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God;
we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

The Word of the Lord

Lamentations 3:17-26

My soul is bereft of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, “Gone is my glory,
and all that I had hoped for from the Lord.”
The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
is wormwood and gall!
My soul continually thinks of it
and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.

The Word of the Lord

Daniel 12:1-3

A reading from the book of the prophet Daniel

“At that time Michael, the great prince,
the protector of your people, shall arise.
There shall be a time of anguish,
such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence.
But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.
Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth sh all awake,
some to everlasting life,
and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness
of the sky,
and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

The Word of the Lord

2 Maccabees 12:43-46

Judas, the ruler of Israel,
took up a collection among all his soldiers,
amounting to two thousand silver drachmas,
which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice.

In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way,
inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view;
for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again,
it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death.
But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness,
it was a holy and pious thought.

Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin.

The Word of the Lord


Psalm 22 (23)

R/.  The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
     in verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths
     for his name sake.  R/.

Even though I walk in the dark valley
     I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
     that give me courage.  R/.

You spread the table before me
     in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
     my cup overflows.  R/.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
      all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
     for years to come.  R/.

Psalm 24 (25)

R/.  To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
     and your kindness are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
     because of your goodness, O LORD.  R/.

Relieve the troubles of my heart;
     And bring me out of my distress.
Put an end to my affliction and my suffering;
     and take away all my sins.  R/.

Preserve my life and rescue me;
     let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
     Because I wait for you, O LORD.  R/.

Psalm 26

R/.  The Lord is my light and my salvation.

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
     whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge;
     of whom should I be afraid?  R/.

One thing I ask of the LORD;
     this I seek:
To dwell in the house of the LORD
     all the days of my life.
That I may gaze on the loveliness of the LORD
     and contemplate his temple.  R/.

Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call;
     have pity on me, and answer me.
Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
     Hide not your face from me.  R/.

I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
     in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
     be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.  R/.

Psalm 41 (42)

R/.  My soul is thirsting for the living God: when shall I see him face to face?

As the hind longs for the running waters,
     so my soul longs for you, O God.  R/.

A thirst is my soul for God, the living God.
     When shall I go and behold the face of God?  R/.

I went with the throng and led them in procession
     to the house of God.
Amid loud cries of joy and thanksgiving,
     with the multitude keeping festival.  R/.

Send forth your light and your fidelity;
     they shall lead me on
And bring me to your holy mountain,
     to your dwelling-place.  R/.

Then will I go in to the altar of God,
     the God of my gladness and joy;
Then will I give you thanks upon the harp,
     O God, my God!  R/.

Why are you downcast, O my soul?
      Why do you sigh within me?
Hope in God! For I shall again be thanking him,
     in the presence of my savior and my God.  R/.

Psalm 62 (63)

R/.  My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

O God, you are my God whom I seek;
     for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
     like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water.  R/.

Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary
     to see your power and your glory,
For your kindness is a greater good than life;
     my lips shall glorify you.  R/.

Thus will I bless you while I live;
     lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied,
     and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.  R/.

You are my help,
     and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
My soul clings fast to you;
     your right hand upholds me.  R/.

Psalm 102

R/.  The Lord is kind and merciful.

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
     slow to anger, and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
     nor does he requite us according to our crimes.  R/.

As a father has compassion on his children,
     so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.
For he knows how we are formed,
     he remembers that we are dust.  R/.

Man’s days are like those of grass;
     like a flower of the field he blooms;
The wind sweeps over him and he is gone,
      and his place knows him no more.  R/.

But the kindness of the LORD is from eternity,
      to eternity toward those who fear him,
And his justice toward children’s children
     among those who keep his covenant
     and remember to fulfill his precepts.  R/.

Psalm 114 (116)

R/.  I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

Gracious is the LORD and just;
      yes, our God is merciful.  R/.

The LORD keeps the little ones;
     I was brought low, and he saved me.  R/.

I believed, even when I said,
     “I am greatly afflicted”;
I said in my alarm,
     “No man is dependable.”  R/.

Precious in the eyes of the LORD
     is the death of his faithful ones.
O LORD, I am your servant,
     you have loosed my bonds.  R/.

Psalm 121 (122)

R/.  I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go to the house of the Lord.

I rejoiced because they said to me,
     “We will go up to the house of the LORD.”
And now we have set foot
     within your gates, O Jerusalem.  R/.

To it the tribes go up,
     the tribes of the LORD,
According to the decree for Israel,
     to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats,
     seats for the house of David.  R/.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
     May those who love you prosper!
May peace be within your walls,
     prosperity in your buildings.  R/.

Because of my relatives and friends
     I will say “Peace be within you!”
Because of the house of the LORD, our God,
     I will pray for your good.  R/.

Psalm 129 (130)

R/.  I hope in the Lord, I trust in his word.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
      LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
     to my voice in supplication.  R/.

If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
     LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
     that you may be revered.  R/.

I trust in the LORD;
     my soul trusts in his word.
My soul waits for the LORD
     more than the sentinels wait for the dawn.  R/.

More than the sentinels wait for the dawn,
     let Israel wait for the LORD,
For with the LORD is kindness
     and with him is plenteous redemption.  R/.

And he will redeem Israel
     from all their iniquities.  R/.

Psalm 142

R/.  O Lord, hear my prayer.

O LORD, hear my prayer;
      hearken to my pleading in your faithfulness;
     in your justice answer me.
And enter not into judgment with your servant,
     for before you no living man is just.  R/.

I remember the days of old;
     I meditate on all your doings;
     the works of your hands I ponder.
I stretch out my hands to you;
     my soul thirsts for you like parched land.  R/.

Hasten to answer me, O LORD;
     for my spirit fails me.
At dawn let me hear of your mercy,
     for in you I trust.  R/.

Teach me to do your will,
     for you are my God.
May your good spirit guide me
     on level ground.  R/.

New Testament

Acts of the Apostles 10:34-36. 42-43

Then Peter began to speak to them:
“I truly understand that God shows no partiality,
but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right
is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel,
preaching peace by Jesus Christ – he is Lord of all.
That message spread throughout Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced:
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power;
how he went about doing good
and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem.
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree;
but God raised him on the third day and allowed him
to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by
God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
He commanded us to preach to the people
and to testify that he is the one ordained by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him
receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

The Word of the Lord

Romans 5:1-11

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans

Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person
— though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath of God.
For if while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his
Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.
But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

The Word of the Lord

Romans 8:31-35. 37-39

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans

If God is for us, who is against us?
He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us,
will he not with him also give us everything else?
Who will bring any charge against God’s elect?
It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn?
It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ?Will hardship, or distress, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God in
Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Word of the Lord

1 Corinthians 15:51-57

A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians

Listen, I will tell you a mystery!
We will not all die, but we will all be changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound,
and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For this perishable body must put on imperishability,
and this mortal body must put on immortality.
When this perishable body puts on imperishability,
and this mortal body puts on immortality,
then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God,
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Word of the Lord

2 Corinthians 4: 14- 5: 1

A Reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians

We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus,
and will bring us with you into his presence.
Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people,
may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away,
our inner nature is being renewed day by day.
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us
for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure,
because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen;
for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot
be seen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is
destroyed, we have a building from God,
a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

The Word of the Lord

2 Corinthians 5: 1,6-10

A Reading from the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians

We know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed,
we have a building from God, a house not made with hands,
eternal in the heavens.
So we are always confident;
even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away
from the Lord — we walk by faith, not by sight.
Yes, we do have confidence,
and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
So whether we are at home or away,
we make it our aim to please him.
For all of us must appear before the judgment seat
of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body,
whether good or evil.

The Word of the Lord

Philippians 3: 20-21

A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians

Our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory,
by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.

The Word of the Lord

1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18

A Reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,
about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died.
For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will by no means precede those who have died.
For the Lord himself, with a cry of command,
with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God‘s trumpet,
will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air;
and so we will be with the Lord forever.
Therefore encourage one another with these words.

The Word of the Lord

2 Timothy 2: 8-13

A Reading from the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David
— that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship,
even to the point of being chained like a criminal.
But the word of God is not chained.
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect,
so that they may also obtain the salvation that is
in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
The saying is sure:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself.

The Word of the Lord

John 3:1-2

See what love the Father has given us,
that we should be called children of God;
and that is what we are.
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we will be has not yet been revealed.
What we do know is this:
when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

The Word of the Lord.

John 3:14-16

We know that we have passed from death to life
because we love one another.
Whoever does not love abides in death.
All who hate a brother or sister are murderers,
and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them. We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us
— and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.

The Word of the Lord.

Revelation 14:13

I heard a voice from heaven saying,
“Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.” “Yes,” says the Spirit,
“they will rest from their labours, for their deeds follow them.”

The Word of the Lord.

Revelation 20:11 – 21:1

I saw a great white throne and the one who sat on it;
the earth and the heaven fled from his presence,
and no place was found for them.
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne,
and books were opened. Also another book was opened, the book of life.
And the dead were judged according to their works,
as recorded in the books. And the sea gave up the dead that were in it,
Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them,
and all were judged according to what they had done.
Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.
This is the second death, the lake of fire;
and anyone whose name was not found written in the
book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed
away, and the sea was no more.

The Word of the Lord.

Revelation 21:1-5a,6b-7

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,
and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”
And the one who was seated on the throne said,
“See, I am making all things new.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the
spring of the water of life.
Those who conquer will inherit these things,
and I will be their God and they will be my children.”

The Word of the Lord.


Matthew 5:1-12a

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Matthew

Jesus went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.
Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you
and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Matthew 11:25-30

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Matthew

At that time Jesus said,
“I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent
and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father;
and no one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Matthew 25:1-13

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Matthew

“The kingdom of heaven will be like this.
Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;
but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.
As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept.
But at midnight there was a shout,
“Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’
Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish said to the wise,
“Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough
for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came,
and those who were ready went with him into the wed
ding banquet; and the door was shut.
Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.’
But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’
Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Matthew 25:31-46

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Matthew

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him,
then he will sit on the throne of his glory.
All the nations will be gathered before him,
and he will separate people one from another
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,
and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the
goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand,
“Come, you that are blessed by my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
for I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me,
I was in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him,
“Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave
you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?
And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you,
or naked and gave you clothing?
And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’
And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you,
just as you did it to one of the least of these who
are members of my family, you did it to me.’
Then he will say to those at his left hand,
“You that are accursed,
depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels;
for I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
I was a stranger and you did not welcome me,
naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’
Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’
Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you,
just as you did not do it to one of the least of these,
you did not do it to me.’
And these will go away into eternal punishment,
but the righteous into eternal life.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Mark 15:33-39

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Mark

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice,
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,
“Listen, he is calling for Elijah.”
And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine,
put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink,
saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come
to take him down.” Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from
top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him,
saw that in this way he breathed his last,
he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene,
and Mary the mother of James, and Salome
bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
And very early on the first day of the week,
when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.
They had been saying to one another,
“Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”
When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which
was very large, had already been rolled back.
As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man,
dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side;
and they were alarmed. But he said to them,
“Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here.
Look, there is the place they laid him.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Luke 7:11-17

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Luke

Jesus went to a town called Nain,
and his disciples and a large crowd went with him.
As he approached the gate of the town,
a man who had died was being carried out.
He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow;
and with her was a large crowd from the town.
When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came forward and touched the bier,
and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them;
and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!”
and “God has looked favourably on his people!”
This word about him spread throughout Judea
and all the surrounding country.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Luke 12:35-40

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Luke

Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit;
be like those who are waiting for their master
to return from the wedding banquet,
so that they may open the door for him
as soon as he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes;
truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have
them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.
If he comes during the middle of the night, or near
dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour th
e thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.“

The Gospel of the Lord.

Luke 23:33, 39-43

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Luke

When they came to the place that is called The Skull,
they crucified Jesus there with the criminals,
one on his right and one on his left.
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying,
“Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
But the other rebuked him, saying,
“Do you not fear God,
since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
And we indeed have been condemned justly,
for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds,
but this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Luke 23:44-46. 50. 52-53; 24:1-6a

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Luke

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed;
and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.
Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph.
This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth,
and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid.
On the first day of the week, at early dawn,
the women came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared.
found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
but when they went in, they did not find the body.
While they were perplexed about this,
suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.
The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground,
but the men said to them,
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here, but has risen.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Luke 24: 13-16,28-35

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Luke

Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus,
about seven miles from Jerusalem,
and talking with each other about all these things
that had happened. While they were talking and discussing,
Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you
walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him,
“Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem
who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?”
He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders
handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.
Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place.
Moreover, some women of our group astounded us.
They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there,
they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb
and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.”
Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are,
and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!
Was it not necessary that the Messiah
should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them the things about himself in
all the scriptures. As they came near the village to which they were going,
he walked ahead as if he were going on.
But they urged him strongly, saying,
“Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it,
and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him;
and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road,
while he was opening the scriptures to us?” That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem;
and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together.
They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to
Simon!” Then they told what had happened on the road,
and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

The Gospel of the Lord.

John 5:24-29

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to John

Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent
me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.
“Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here,
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,
and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself,
so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself;
and he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their
graves will hear his voice and will come out — those who have done good,
to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil,
to the resurrection of condemnation.

The Gospel of the Lord.

John 6:37-40

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to John

Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away;
for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will,
but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me,
that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me,
but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father,
that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life;
and I will raise them up on the last day.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

John 6:51-59

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to John

I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them,
“Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day;
for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.
Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father,
so whoever eats me will live because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven,not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died.
But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”
He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

The Gospel of the Lord.

John 11:17-27

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to John

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb
four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away,
and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
to console them about their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that God will give you whatever
you ask of him.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection
on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.
Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?” She said to him,
“Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the
Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

John 11:32-45

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to John

When Mary, the sister of Lazarus, came where Jesus was and saw him,
she knelt at his feet and said to him,
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping,
he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.
He said, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”
Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
But some of them said,
“Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb.
It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him,
“Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”
Jesus said to her,
“Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would
see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone.
And Jesus looked upward and said,
“Father, I thank you for having heard me.
I knew that you always hear me,
but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here,
so that they may believe that you sent me.”
When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth,
and his face wrapped in a cloth.
Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
Many of the Jews therefore,
who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

The Gospel of the Lord.

John 12:23-28

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to John

Jesus answered Andrew and Philip,
“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,
it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Those who love their life lose it,
and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there will my servant be also.
Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.
“Now my soul is troubled.
And what should I say — “Father, save me from this hour’?
No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour.
Father, glorify your name.”
Then a voice came from heaven,
“I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

John 14:1-6

Reading from the Holy Gospel According to John

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself,
so that where I am, there you may be also.
And you know the way to the place where I am going.
“Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going.
How can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.

The Gospel of the Lord.

John 17:24-26

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to John

Jesus prayed in the following words:
Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me,
may be with me where I am, to see my glory,
which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you;
and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known,
so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

John 19:17-18. 25-30

A Reading from the Holy Gospel According to John

Carrying the cross by himself,
Jesus went out to what is called The Place of the Skull,
which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.
There they crucified him, and with him two others,
one on either side, with Jesus between them.
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother,
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother
and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her,
he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.”
Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.
“And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished,
he said (in order to fulfill the scripture),
“I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there.
So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop
and held it to his mouth.

The Gospel of the Lord.

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