Funeral Readings


Readings from the Old Testament

2 Maccabees 12:43-46
He acted in an excellent and noble way as he had the resurrection of the dead in view.

Job 19:1, 23-27a
I know that my Vindicator lives.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
No One Can Determine the Right Time to Act

Wisdom 3:1-9 (short form, 3:1-6, 9)
As sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.

Wisdom 4:7-15
An unsullied life, the attainment of old age.

Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9
He will destroy death forever.

Lamentations 3:17-26
It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.

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

Readings from the New Testament during Easter Time

Acts 10:34-43 (short form, 10:34-36, 42-43)
He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.

Revelation 14:13
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

Revelation 20:11—21:1
The dead were judged according to their deeds.

Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7
There shall be no more death.

Readings from the New Testament

Romans 5:5-11
Since we are now justified by his Blood, we will be saved through him from the wrath.

Romans 5:17-21
Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more.

Romans 6:3-9 (short form, 6:3-4, 8-9)
We too might live in newness of life.

Romans 8:14-23
We also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39
What will separate us from the love of Christ?

Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12
Whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 (short form, 15:20-23)
So too in Christ shall all be brought to life.

1 Corinthians 15:51-57
Death is swallowed up in victory.

2 Corinthians 4:14—5:1
What is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10
We have a building from God, eternal in heaven.

Philippians 3:20-21
He will change our lowly bodies to conform to his glory.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.

2 Timothy 2:8-13
If we have died with him we shall also live with him.

1 John 3:1-2
We shall see him as he is.

1 John 3:14-16
We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.


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