Funeral Scripture Readings

Selecting Scripture passages plays an important part in the planning of a funeral ceremony, for we know that God gives us the words to say when no words can be found. For this reason, the Word of God is at the heart of the funeral liturgy that we might view this experience of death in light of the resurrection of the body to come.

Old Testament - 1st Reading

C-1: 2 Maccabees 12:43-46 "He made atonement for the dead"

C-2: Job 19: 1, 23-27a "I know that my vindicator lives"

C-3: Wisdom 3:1-9 "The souls of the just are in the hand of God" (Long)

C-3: Wisdom 3:1-6,9 "The souls of the just are in the hand of God" (Short)

C-4: Wisdom 4:7-14 "An unsullied life, the attainment of old age"

C-5: Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9 "He will destroy death forever"

C-6: Lamentations 3:17-26 "My portion is the Lord, says my soul"

C-7: Daniel 12:1-3 "The wise shall shine brightly"

New Testament - 1st Reading during Easter Season

C-8: Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43 "Everyone who believes in Him" (Long)

C-8: Acts of the Apostles 10:34-36,42-43 "Everyone who believes in Him" (Short)

C-9: Revelation 14:13 "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord"

C-10: Revelation 20:11-12:1 "The sea gave up its dead; then Death and Hades"

C-11: Revelation 21:1-5a,6b-7 "I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem"


New Testament - 2nd Reading

E-1:  Romans 5:1,5-11  "...We were reconciled to God through the death of his Son..."

E-2:  Romans 5:17-21  "...through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all..."

E-3:  Romans 6:3-9  "...if we have died with Christ, we believe..." (Long)

E-3:  Romans 6:3-4,8-9  "...if we have died with Christ, we believe,,,"  (Short)

E-4:  Romans 8:14-23  "Those who are led by the Spirit of God are Children of God"

E-5:  Romans 8:31b-35,37-39  "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

E-6:  Romans 14:7-9,10c-12  "This is why Christ died and came to life"

E-7:  1 Corinthians 15:20-28  "In Adam all die, so too if Christ shall all be brought to life." (Long)

E-7:  1 Corinthians 15:20-23  "In Adam all die, so too if Christ shall all be brought to life." (Short)

E-8:  1 Corinthians 15:51-57  "Death where is your victory?"

E-9:  2 Corinthians 4:14--5:1  "The one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us..."

E-10: 2 Corinthians 5:1,6-10  "We would rather leave the body and go home..."

E-11: Philippians 3:20-21   "He will change our lowly body..."

E-12: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18   "If we believe that Jesus died and rose..."

E-13: 2 Timothy 2:8-13  "Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead..."

E-14: 1 John 3:1-2  "Beloved, we are God's children now..."

E-15: 1 John 3:14-16   "We know that we have passed from death to life..."



G-1:  Matthew 5:1-12a  "The Eight Beatitudes"

G-2:  Matthew 11:25-30  "come to me . . . and I will give you rest."

G-3:  Matthew 25:1-13  "Look. The bridegroom comes. Go out to meet him"

G-4:  Matthew 25:31-46  "Come, you whom my Father has blessed"

G-5:  Mark 15:33 ---16:6 "Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last"  (Long)

G-5:  Mark 15:33-39  "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"  (Short)

G-6:  Luke 7:11-17 "Young man, I say to you, arise."

G-7:  Luke 12:3-40  "Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,..."

G-8:  Luke 23:33-43  "Today you will be with me in paradise."

G-9:  Luke 23:44 -24:6a  "Father, I put my life in your hands."  (Long)

G-9:  Luke 23:44-46,50,52-53  "Father into your hands I commend my spirit" (Short)

G-10: Luke 24:13-35  "Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer..."  (Long)

G-10: Luke 24:13-16,28-35  "Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer..."  (Short)

G-11: John 5:24-29  "Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from..."

G-12: John 6:37-40  "All who believe in the Son will have eternal life..."

G-13: John 6:51-59  "All who eat this bread will live for ever...."

G-14: John 11:17-27  "I am the resurrection and the life."  (Long)

G-14: John 11:21-27  "I am the resurrection and the life."  (Short)

G-15: John 11:32-45  "Lazarus, come out."

G-16: John 12:23-28  "If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies..."  (Long)

G-16: John 12:23-26  "If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies..."  (Short)

G-17: John 14:1-6  "There are many rooms in my Father's house."

G-18: John 17:24-26  "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me..."

G-19: John 19:17-18,25-39  "Jesus bowed his head and gave up his spirits."



To make this easier for the family, the Catholic Church has pre-selected a number of Biblical passages which are appropriate for the occasion of a funeral. Please look over these passages as part of your funeral preparations, and select those readings which speak most to you in this time.

Please choose and place the Letter and Number on your information page.

1 First Reading                   C   ______

1 Responsorial Psalm     D   ______

1 Second Reading            E  ______

1 Gospel Reading             G  ______