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Funeral Readings


The list of approved funeral readings are below. It can be helpful to choose these before choosing the music. Typically, one Old Testament Reading, one New Testament Reading, and one Gospel Reading are needed for the Funeral Rite. To view the reading, simply click on it to open the link. You may need to scroll to find the specific reading you are looking for.

Old Testament Readings

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."


Wisdom 3:1-9 or 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."


New Testament Readings that can be used as the first reading during the Season of Easter.


Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43 or 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 



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

     "There shall be no more death."



* = Recommended for Funerals for Children





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New Testament Readings

Romans 5:5-11

     "Since we are now justified by his Blood,

      we will be saved through him from the



Romans 5:17-21

     "Where sin increased, grace overflowed

      all the more."


Romans 6:3-9 or 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



Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39

     "What will separate us from the love of



Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12*

     "Whether we live or die, we are the



1 Corinthians 15:20-28 or 15:20-23*

     "So too in Christ shall all be brought to



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 himj 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


Gospel Readings

Matthew 5:1-12a

     "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward

      will be great in heaven."


Matthew 11:25-30*

     "Come to me and I will give you rest."


Matthew 25:1-13

     "Behold the bridegroom! Come out to



Matthew 25:31-46

     "Come, you who are blessed by my



Mark 15:33-39; 16:1-6 or 15:33-39*

     "Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed

      his last."


Luke 7:11-17

     "Young man, I tell you, arise!"


Luke 12:35-40

     "You also must be prepared."


Luke 23:33, 39-43

     "Today you will be with me in Paradise."


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

         23:44-46, 50, 52- 53

     "Father, into your hands I commend my



Luke 24:13-35 or 24:13-16, 28-35

     "Was it not necessary that the Christ

      should suffer these things and enter

      into his glory?"


John 5:24-29

     "Whoever hears my word and believes

      has passed from death to life."


John 6:37-40*

     "Everyone who sees the Son and

      believes in him may have eternal life

      and I shall raise him on the last day."


John 6:51-58*

     "Whoever eats this bread will live

      forever, and I will raise them up on the

      last day."


John 11:17-27 or 11:21-27

     "I am the resurrection and the life."


John 11:32-45*

     "Lazarus, come out!"


John 12:23-28 or 12:23-26

     "If it dies, it produces much fruit."


John 14:1-6

     "In my Father's house there are many



John 17:24-26

     "I wish that where I am they also may

      be with me."


John 19:17-18, 25-39*

     "And bowing his head he handed over

      his Spirit."

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