Readings for the Funeral Liturgy at St. Edmond

The Readings from the Sacred Scriptures proclaim the Paschal mystery, teach remembrance of the dead, convey the hope of being gathered together again in God's kingdom, and encourage the witness of Christian life.  The readings tells of God's design for a world in which suffering and death will relinquish their hold on all whom God has called his own.

Usually there are three readings during the Funeral Mass.  One from the Old Testament, a second from the New Testament epistles, and a third from the Gospels proclaimed by the Deacon or Priest.  During the Easter Season, the Old Testament reading may be replaced with a reading from the New Testament.

St. Edmond parish uses the book “Through Death to Life” to help the family choose appropriate and meaningful readings for the funeral liturgy.  The alpha-numeric numbers indicate the reference number in “Through Death to Life”.  The numbers in parentheses indicate the reference number in the “Lectionary for Mass”.

Clicking on the links below will open a page on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

First Reading

Outside Easter Time:  Old Testament

2 Maccabees 12:43-46  C1  (1011-1)

He acted in an excellent and noble way as he had the resurrection of the dead in view.

Job 19:1, 23-27a  C2  (1011-2)

I know that my Vindicator lives.

Wisdom 3:1-9 (Long Form) or Wisdom 3:1-6,9 (Short Form)  C3  (1011-3)

As sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.

Wisdom 4:7-15  C4  (1011-4)

An unsullied life, the attainment of old age.

Isaiah 25:6a,7-9  C5  (1011-5)

He will destroy death forever.

Lamentations 3:17-26  C6  (1011-5)

It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.

Daniel 12:1-3  C7  (1011-7)

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.

During Easter Time:  New Testament

During the Easter season one of the following four readings is used as a first reading instead of a passage from the Old Testament.

Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43 (Long Form) or Acts of the Apostles 10:34-36, 42-43 (Short Form)  C8  (1012-1)

He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.

Revelation 14:13  C9  (1012-2)

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

Revelation 20:11-21:1  C10  (1012-3)

The dead were judged according to their deeds.

Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7  C11  (1012-4)

There shall be no more death.

Second Reading

New Testament

Romans 5:5-11  E1  (1014-1)

Since we are now justified by his Blood, we will be saved through him from the wrath.

Romans 5:17-21  E2  (1014-2)

Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more.

Romans 6:3-9 (Long Form) or Romans 6:3-4,8-9 (Short Form)  E3  (1014-3)

We too might live in newness of life.

Romans 8:14-23  E4  (1014-4)

We also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 8:31b-35,37-39  E5  (1014-5)

What will separate us from the love of Christ?

Romans 14:7-9,10c-12  E6  (1014-6)

Whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 (Long Form) or 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 (Short Form)  E7  (1014-7)

So too in Christ shall all be brought to life.

1 Corinthians 15:51-57  E8  (1014-8)

Death is swallowed up in victory.

2 Corinthians 4:14-5:1  E9  (1014-9)

What is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 5:1,6-10  E10  (1014-10)

We have a building from God, eternal in heaven.

Philippians 3:20-21  E11 (1014-11)

He will change our lowly bodies to conform to his glory.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  E12  (1014-12)

Thus we shall always be with the Lord.

2 Timothy 2:8-13  E13  (1014-13)

If we have died with him we shall also live with him.

1 John 3:1-2  E14  (1014-14)

We shall see him as he is.

1 John 3:14-16  E15  (1014-15)

We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.


Matthew 5:1-12a  G1  (1016-1)

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.

Matthew 11:25-30  G2  (1016-2)

Come to me and I will give you rest.

Matthew 25:1-13  G3  (1016-3)

Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to him!

Matthew 25:31-46  G4  (1016-4)

Come, you who are blessed by my Father.

Mark 15:33-39;16:1-6 (Long Form) or Mark 15:33-39 (Short Form)  G5  (1016-5)

Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

Luke 7:11-17  G6  (1016-6)

Young man, I tell you, arise!

Luke 12:35-40  G7  (1016-7)

You also must be prepared.

Luke 23:33,39-43  G8  (1016-8)

Today you will be with me in Paradise.

Luke 23:44-46,50,52-53;24:1-6a (Long Form) or Luke 23:44-46,50,52-53 (Short Form)  G9  (1016-9)

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Luke 24:13-35 (Long Form) or Luke 24:13-16,28-35 (Short Form)  G10  (1016-10)

Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?

John 5:24-29  G11  (1016-11)

Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from death to life.

John 6:37-40  G12  (1016-12)

Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life and I shall raise him on the last day.

John 6:51-59  G13  (1016-13)

Whoever eats this bread will live forever, and I will raise them up on the last day.

John 11:17-27 (Long Form) or John 11:21-27 (Short Form)  G14  (1016-14)

I am the resurrection and the life.

John 11:32-45  G15  (1016-15)

Lazarus, come out!

John 12:23-28 (Long Form) or John 12:23-26 (Short Form)  G16  (1016-16)

If it dies, it produces much fruit.

John 14:1-6  G17  (1016-17)

In my Father's house there are many dwellings.

John 17:24-26  G18  (1016-18)

I wish that where I am they also may be with me.

John 19:17-18,25-39  G19  (1016-19)

And bowing his head he handed over his Spirit.