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The Bereavement Group - Choosing Readings for Funeral

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About Readings and Psalms.

As part of the participation of the family of the deceased in the funeral service, we invite you to choose the readings for the funeral Mass or funeral Service. The Priest or a member of the Bereavement team can help in choosing readings during the process of making the funeral arrangements. Alternatively it is also possible just to use the readings that happen to be used for that day in the liturgical calendar.

The readings form part of the funeral Mass or Service which is called 'The Liturgy of the Word' and structure of 'The Liturgy of the Word' is as follows:


First Reading
Responsorial Psalm
Second Reading - which may be omitted
Gospel Acclamation
Gospel - read by the priest
Homily - given by the Priest
Prayer of the Faithful (also known as Intercessions)




A reader who is a family member or friend can be chosen to deliver each one of the above readings except those by the Priest.

The Word of God is of great importance in the funeral rite. The readings proclaim the meaning that Christ himself gave to death, teach us to remember the dead, nourish our hope of being gathered together again in God’s kingdom, and encourage us to live the Christian life. Above all, the readings tell of God’s design for a world in which suffering and death will be destroyed. In the readings all present have an opportunity to hear God speak to them in their needs, sorrows, fears and hopes.

In the celebration of the Word of God at the funeral liturgy, the biblical readings may not be replaced. A non-biblical reading may be incorporated into the words of remembrance spoken by a member of the family or a friend later in the funeral liturgy, perhaps as part of a eulogy.

The psalms express the suffering and pain, the hope and trust of people of every age. Above all they sing of faith in God and of redemption. They enable us to pray in the words that Jesus himself, who knew anguish and the fear of death, used during his life on earth.

Psalms are used in many places in the funeral rites, in particular as responses to the readings, and at the vigil service.

The psalms are songs, and should be sung whenever possible.

Some Suggested Readings at Masses for the Dead.


First Reading from the Old Testament
(Outside the Easter Season )

Each reading is paired with a recommended psalm.



Recommended Psalm

1 Job 19:1. 23–27
2 Wisdom 3:1–9
2a shorter version Wisdom 3:1–6. 9
3 Wisdom 4:7–15
4 Isaiah 25:6–9
5 Lamentations 3:17–26
6 Daniel 12:1–3
7 2 Maccabees 12:43–45

'This I know: that my Avenger lives. '
'He accepted them as a holocaust '
'He accepted them as a holocaust '
'Untarnished life, this is ripe old age. '
'The Lord will destroy Death for ever. '
'It is good to wait in silence for the Lord to save. '
'Those who lie sleeping in the dust will awake. '
'A fine and noble action, in which he took account of the resurrection. '

22 r.4
22 r.1


First Reading from the New Testament
(In the Easter Season )


Recommended Psalm

1 Acts 10:34–43
1a shorter Acts 10:34–36. 42–43
2 Apocalypse 14:13
3 Apocalypse 20:11–21:1
4 Apocalypse 21:1–7

'God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. '
'God has appointed Jesus to judge everyone, alive or dead. '
'Happy are those who die in the Lord! '
'The dead are judged according to what they had done in their lives. '
'There will be no more death. '



Responsorial Psalms


Ps 22 r.1

Ps 22 r.4

Ps 24:6–7. 17–18. 20–21 r.1 or 3

Ps 26:1.4.7–9. 13–14 r. 1 or 12

Ps 41:2. 3. 5 r.3

Ps 62:2–6. 8–9 r.2

Ps 102: 8. 10. 13–18 r. 8 or Ps 36:39

Ps 114:5–6; Ps 115:10–11. 15–16 r. 114:9

Ps 121 r. 1 or cf. 1

Ps 129 r.1 or cf. 5

Ps 142:1–2. 5–8. 10 r.1

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

'If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear,
for you are there with me. '

' To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.'
'Those who hope in you, O Lord, shall not be disappointed. '

' The Lord is my light and my help.' or
'I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. '

'My soul is thirsting for God , the God of my life. '

'For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord, my God. '

'The Lord is compassion and love.'
'The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.'

'I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.'
'Alleluia! '

'I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’'
'Let us go to God’s house, rejoicing. '

'Out of the depths, I cry to you, O Lord.'
'I wait for the Lord, I count on his word. '

'Lord, listen to my prayer.'



Second Reading from the New Testament


1Romans 5:5–11

2 Romans 5:17–21
3 Romans 6:3–9
3a shorter Romans 6:3–4. 8–9
4 Romans 8:14–23
5 Romans 8:31–35. 37–39
6 Romans 14:7–12
7 1 Corinthians 15:20–28
7a shorter 1 Corinthians 15:20–23
8 1 Corinthians 15:51–57
9 2 Corinthians 4:14–5:1
10 2 Corinthians 5:1. 6–10
11 Philippians 3:20–21
12 Thessalonians 4:13–18
13 2 Timothy 2:8–13
14 1 John 3:1–2
15 1 John 3:14–16

'Having died to make us righteous, is it likely that he would now fail to save us from God’s anger.'
'However great the number of sins committed, grace was even greater.'
'Let us live a new life.'
'Let us live a new life.'
'We wait for our bodies to be set free.'
'Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ.'
'Alive or dead, we belong to the Lord.'
'All men will be brought to life in Christ.'
'All men will be brought to life in Christ.'
'Death is swallowed up in victory.'
'Visible thiongs last only for a time, but the invisible are eternal.'
'We have an everlasting home in heaven.'
'He will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body.'
'We shall stay with the Lord for ever.'
'If we die with him, then we shall live with him.'
'We shall see him as he really is.'
'We have passed our of death and into life because we love our brothers.'



Gospel Acclamation


1 Matthew 11:25

2 Matthew 25:34

3 John 3:16

4 John 6:39

5 John 6:40

6 John 6:51–52

7 John 11:25–26

8 Philippians 3:20

9 2 Timothy 2:11–12

10 Apocalypse 1:5–6

11 Apocalypse 14:13

'Blessed are you, Father,
Lord of heaven and earth;
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children.'

'Come, you whom my Father has blessed,
says the Lord;
take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you
since the foundation of the world.'

'God loved the world so much
that we gave his only Son;
everyone who believes in him has eternal life.'

'It is my Father’s will, says the Lord,
that I should lose nothing of all that he has given to me,
and that I should raise it up on the last day.'

' It is my Father’s will, says the Lord,
that whoever believes in the Son shall have eternal life,
and that I shall raise him up on the last day. '

' I am the living bread which has come down from heaven,
says the Lord.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.'

'I am the resurrection and the life,
says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die.'

'Our homeland is in heaven,
and from heaven comes the Saviour we are waiting for,
the Lord Jesus Christ. '

'If we have died with Christ, then we shall live with him;
if we hold firm, then we shall reign with him.'

' Jesus Christ is the First-born from the dead;
to him be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen '

'Happy are those who die in the Lord!
Now they can rest for ever after their work,
since their good deeds go with them.'



Gospel Readings are paired with a recommended Gospel Acclamation


Gospel Acclamation

1 Matthew 5:1–12
2 Matthew 11:25–30
3 Matthew 25:1–13
4 Matthew 25:31–46
5 Mark 15:22–29; 16:1–6
5a shorter Mark 15:33–39
6 Luke 7:11–17
7 Luke 12:35–40
8 Luke 23:33. 39–43
9 Luke 23:44-46. 50. 52–53; 24:1–6
9a shorter Luke 23:44–46. 50. 52–53
10 Luke 24:13–35
10a shorter Luke 24:13–16. 28–35
11 John 5:24–29
12 John 6:37–40
13 John 6:51–58
14 John 11:17–27
14a shorter John 11:21–27
15 John 11:32–45
16 John 12:23–28
16a shorter John 12:23–26
17 John 14:1–6
18 John 17:24–26
19 John 19:17–18. 25–30

'Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.'
'Come to me, and I will give you rest.'
'The bridegroom is here! Go out and meet him.'
'Come, you whom my Father has blessed'
'Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.'
'Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.'
'Young man, I tell you to get up.'
'Stand ready'
'Today you will be with me in paradise.'
'Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.'
'Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.'
'Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and enter into his glory?'
'Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and enter into his glory?'
'Whoever listens to my words and believes has passed from death to life.'
'Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day.'
'Anyone who eats this bread has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day.'
'I am the resurrection and the life.'
'I am the resurrection and the life.'
'Lazarus, come out'
'If a wheat grain dies, it yields a rich harvest.'
'If a wheat grain dies, it yields a rich harvest.'
'There are many rooms in my Father’s house.'
'I want them to be with me where I am.'
'Bowing his head he gave up his spirit.'



It is obviously possible to pick other texts from the Bible that you might like as readings appropriate to a funeral service, however these should be discussed and agreed with the Priest first.

There are other recommended texts that can be used in special circumstances for example, when there is the death of a child. Please speak to the priest or the Bereavement Group to discuss these other recommended texts.


God BlessYou!