Funeral Booklet and Prayers.
A selection of Old Testament Readings.
A selection of New Testament Readings.
A selection of Psalms.
A selection of Gospel Readings.
A selection of Prayers of the Faithful.

Funeral Booklet and readings:

(All Stand)

Entrance Hymn

1. Introduction

Priest: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

All: And with your spirit.

2. Placing of Christian symbols.

Sprinkling with Holy Water:

In the waters of baptism, ... died with Christ and rose with him to new life. May he/she now share with Christ eternal glory.

Placing of the Pall:

The Pall placed over the coffin is a reminder of the baptismal garment of ..., a sign of his/her Christian dignity.

The Book of the Gospels:

In life ... cherished the Gospel of Christ. May Christ now greet him/her with these words of eternal life: Come, blessed of my Father!

A Cross:

In baptism ... received the sign of the cross. May he/she now share in Christ's victory over sin and death.

A Burning (baptism) Candle:

The burning candle represents the faith ... had in Christ. This candle was given to ... in his / her baptism, to be kept burning brightly. May he/she now find Christ waiting for him / her in heaven.

(A reflection about the person may be said here, after the Gospel or at the end.)

Priest: Let us Pray.

(Choose from one of the following prayers.)

A. (Outside Easter Time)

O God, almighty Father, our faith professes that your Son died and rose again;
mercifully grant, that through this mystery your servant ..., who has fallen asleep in Christ, may rejoice to rise again with him.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

All: AMEN.

B. (Outside Easter Time)

O God, whose nature is always to forgive and to show mercy, we humbly implore you for your servant ...,
whom you have called (this day) to journey to you, and, since he (she) hoped and believed in you,
grant that he (she) may be led to our true homeland to delight in its everlasting joys.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

All: AMEN.

C.(Outside Easter Time)

O God, who are mercy for sinners and the happiness of your Saints, give, we pray, to your servant ...,
for whom (today) we perform the fraternal office of burial, a share with your chosen ones in the blessedness you give,
so that on the day or resurrection, freed from the bonds of mortality, he (she) may come before your face.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

All: AMEN.

D.(Outside Easter Time)

O God, who have set a limit to this present life, so as to open up an entry into eternity,
we humbly beseech you, that by the grace of your mercy you may command the name of your servant ... to be inscribed in the book of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

All: AMEN.

E.(During Easter Time)

Listen kindly to our prayers, O Lord:
as our faith in your Son, raised from the dead, is deepened,
may our hope of resurrection for your departed servant ... also find new strength.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

All: AMEN.

F.(During Easter Time)

O God, who through the ending of present things open up the beginning of things to come,
grant, we pray, that the soul of your servant ... may be led by you to attain the inheritance of eternal redemption.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

All: AMEN.

G.

O God, who alone are able to give life after death, free your servant ... from all sins,
that he (she), who believed in the Resurrection of your Christ, may, when the day of resurrection comes, be united with you in glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

All: AMEN.

(Please be seated)

3. First Reading.

(please choose one reading from the Old Testament)

4. Responsorial Psalm.

(the psalm may be either read or sung)

5. Second Reading.

(please choose one reading from the New Testament)

(Please stand)

6. Gospel Acclamation.

7. Gospel.

(please choose one gospel reading)

(Please be seated)

(8. If not shared earlier the reflection about the person may be done at this point.)

9. Homily.

(Please stand)

10. Prayers of the faithful.

Priest: Let us come to our loving Father, asking him to give eternal rest to ... and comfort and hope to the living.

(prayers to be read by the reader; please choose four)

Priest: Compassionate and loving God, hear the prayers of all who mourn the death of ..., and be with them in the hour of need. We make this and all our prayers through Christ our Lord.

All: AMEN.

(Please be seated)

11. Offertory Hymn.

Preparation of the gifts: (gifts to be presented by family members)

12. Prayer over the gifts:

(Choose from one of the following prayers.)

(Please stand)

Priest:

A. (Outside Easter Time.)

As we humbly present to you these sacrificial offerings, O Lord, for the salvation of your servant ...,
we beseech your mercy, that he (she), who did not doubt your Son to be a loving Saviour,
may find in him a merciful Judge.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

All: AMEN.

B. (Outside Easter Time.)

Be near, O Lord, we pray, to your servant ..., on whose funeral day we offer you this sacrifice of conciliation,
so that, should any stain of sin have clung to him (her) or any human fault have affected him (her),
it may, by your loving gift, be forgiven and wiped away.
Through Christ our Lord.

All: AMEN.

C. (During Easter Time.)

Look favourably on our offerings, O Lord, so that your departed servant ...
may be taken up into glory with your Son,in whose great mystery of love we are all united.
Through Christ our Lord.

All: AMEN.

D.

Almighty and merciful God, by means of these sacrifical offerings, wash away, we pray, in the Blood of Christ,
the sins of your departed servant ..., and purify unceasingly by your merciful forgiveness those you once cleansed in the waters of Baptism.
Through Christ our Lord.

All: AMEN.

13. Preface.

Priest: The Lord be with you.

All: And with your spirit.

Priest: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them up to the Lord.

Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right and just.

Priest:
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord.

In him the hope of blessed resurrection has dawned, that those saddened by the certainty of dying
might be consoled by the promise of immortality to come.
Indeed for your faithful, Lord, life is changed not ended, and, when this earthly dwelling turns to dust,
an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven.

And so, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven,
we sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim:

All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

(Please kneel)

14. Acclamation.

ALL: We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

15. Communion Rite:

(Please stand)

Priest: At the Saviour's command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

Priest: Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days,
that by your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress,
as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

All: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.

Priest: Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you.
Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will.
Who live and reign for ever and ever.

All: AMEN.

Priest: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

All: And with your spirit.

Priest: Let us offer each other a sign of peace.

16. Communion:

All: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, your take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

(Please kneel)

Priest: Behold the lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

All: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

17. Communion antiphon:

All: May eternal light shine upon him, O Lord with all your saints forever, for you are rich in mercy.
Give them eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him forever, for you are rich in mercy.

18. Communion Song

19. Reflection Hymn

(Please stand)

20. Prayer after Communion

Priest:
Let us pray.

(Choose from one of the following prayers.)

A. (Outside Easter Time.)

Lord God, whose Son left us, in the Sacrament of his Body, food for the journey,
mercifully grant that, strengthened by it, our brother (sister) ... may come to the eternal table of Christ.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

All: AMEN.

B. (Outside Easter Time.)

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that your servant ..., who (today) has journeyed from this world
may by this sacrifice be cleansed and freed from sin and so receive the everlasting joys of the resurrection.
Through Christ our Lord.

All: AMEN.

C. (During Easter Time.)

Grant, we pray, O Lord, that your servant ..., for whom we have celebrated this paschal Sacrament,
may pass over to a dwelling place of light and peace.
Through Christ our Lord.

All: AMEN.

D.

Having received the Sacrament of your Only Begotten Son, who was sacrificed for us and rose in glory,
we humbly implore you, O Lord, for your departed servant ..., that, cleansed by the paschal mysteries,
he (she) may glory in the gift of the resurrection to come.
Through Christ our Lord.

All: AMEN.

21. Final Commendation

Priest: Trusting in God, we have prayed together for ... and now we come to the last farewell. There is sadness in parting, but we take comfort in the hope that one day we shall see ... again and enjoy his friendship.

Although we will disperse in sorrow, the mercy of God will gather us together again in the joy of his kingdom.

Therefore let us console one another in the faith of Jesus Christ.

(all pray quietly in silence)

Signs of Farewell:

The coffin is now sprinkled with holy water. This sprinkling reminds us of ...'s baptism here he/she was adopted by God as his son / daughter, he/she became a brother / sister of Jesus Christ, his/her Lord and Saviour. He/she was made a living temple of God's Spirit and was incorporated into the Communion of Saints.

After the sprinkling, the coffin is incensed. This shows our respect for the body which had within it the Spirit of God. Also as the smoke rises towards heaven so do our prayers for ... and ourselves.

Priest: Saints of God, come to his/her aid. Hasten to meet him/her, angels of the Lord.

All: Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the most high.

Priest: May Christ, who called you ..., take you to himself: may angels lead you to the bosom of Abraham.

All: Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the most high.

Priest: Eternal rest, grant unto him/her O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him/her.

All: Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the most high.

Priest: Into your hands, Father of mercies, we commend our brother / sister ... in the sure and certain hope that, together with all who have died in Christ, he/she will rise with him on the last day. We give you thanks for the blessings which you bestowed upon ... in this life, they are signs to us of goodness and our fellowship with the saints of Christ Merciful Lord turn toward us and listen to our prayers: open the gates of paradise to your servant and help us who remain to comfort one another with assurances of faith, until we meet in Christ and are with you and with our brother / sister ... forever.

Priest: In peace let us take our brother / sister ... to his/her final rest.

22. Procession to the hearse:

23. Additional Miscellaneous material

A. Thank you

Thank you to all who shared in ...'s life.
May his beautiful life and memories give our heart wings to rise above our loss.
Special thanks to the priests and all who helped to make this such a loving, caring and memorable ceremony.
Thank you to all who visited ... in his last days in hospital, and to all who sent sympathy cards and flowers and phone calls to the family.

B. Refection: Ready for the Journey.

I have got my leave.
Bid me farewell, my brothers and sisters.
I bow to you all and take my departure.
Here I give back the keys of my door,
and I give up all claims to my house.
I only ask for last kind words from you.
We were neighbours for long,
but I have received more than I could give.
Now the day has dawned
and the lamp that lit my dark corner is out.
A summons has come
and I am ready for my journey.

C. Reflection on Saint Joseph.

What a humble and holy man was Joseph, the man whom God had chosen to be his own foster father. He did few things that anyone would think extraordinary. But he did everything with a great love for God and for his family. Today, we pray to St. Joseph the patron saint of ... to be with us and with people we love at the moment of death. We pray that he will watch and protect the church, the "family" of Jesus, as he watched over and protected his own family. St. Joseph was a quiet man. He knew what God wanted him to do, and he was happy to do it. He is the special friend of all fathers who work hard to care for their families.


Readings form the Old Testament

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A. A reading from the book of Job (19:1. 23-27a)

Job said:

"Ah, would that these words of mine were written down, inscribed on some monument with iron chisel and engraving tool, cut into the rock for ever.

This I know: that my Avenger lives, and he, the Last, will take his stand on earth. After my awaking, he will set me close to him, and from my flesh I shall look on God.

He whom I shall see will take my part: these eyes will gaze on him and find him not aloof."

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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B. A reading from the book of Wisdom (3:1-9)

The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them. In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die, their going looked like a disaster, their leaving us, like annihilation; but they are in peace. If they experienced punishment as people see it, their hope was rich with immortality; slight was their affliction, great will their blessing be. God has put them to the test and proved them worthy to be with him; God has tested them like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a holocaust.

When the time comes for his visitation, they will shine out; as sparks run through the stubble, so will they. They shall judge nations, rule over peoples, and the Lord will be their king for ever.

They who trust in him will understand the truth, those who are faithful will live with Him in love; for grace and mercy await those He has chosen.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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A reading from the book of Wisdom (3:1-6.9)

The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them. In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die, their going looked like a disaster, their leaving us, like annihilation; but they are in peace. If they experienced punishment as people see it, their hope was rich with immortality; slight was their affliction, great will their blessing be. God has put them to the test and proved them worthy to be with him; God has tested them like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a holocaust. They who trust in him will understand the truth, those who are faithful will live with Him in love; for grace and mercy await those He has chosen.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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C. A reading from the book of Wisdom (4:7-15)

The virtuous, though they die before their time, will find rest. Length of days is not what makes age honourable, nor number of years the true measure of life; understanding, this is one's grey hairs, untarnished life, this is ripe old age.

They has sought to please God, so God has loved them; as they were living among sinners, they have been taken up.

They have been carried off so that evil may not warp their understanding or treachery seduce their soul; for the fascination of evil throws good things into the shade, and the whirlwind of desire corrupts a simple heart. Coming to perfection in so short a while, they achieved long life; their soul being pleasing to the Lord, he has taken them quickly from the wickedness around them.

Yet people look on, uncomprehending; it does not enter their heads that grace and mercy await the chosen of the Lord, and protection, his holy ones.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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D. A reading from the prophet Isaiah (25:6-9)

On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food. On this mountain he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples, and the shroud enwrapping all the nations, he will destroy Death for ever.

The Lord God will wipe away the tears from every cheek; he will take away his people's shame everywhere on earth, for the Lord has said so.

That day, it will be said: See, this is our God in whom we hoped for salvation; the Lord is the one in whom we hoped. We exult and we rejoice that he has saved us.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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E. A reading from the book of Lamentations (3:17-26)

My soul is shut out from peace; I have forgotten happiness. And now I say, "My strength is gone, that hope which came from the Lord." Brooding on my anguish and affliction is gall and wormwood.

My spirit ponders it continually and sinks within me. This is what I shall tell my heart, and so recover hope: the favours of the Lord are not all past, his kindnesses are not exhausted; every morning they are renewed; great is his faithfulness.

"My portion is the Lord," says my soul, "and so I will hope in him." The Lord is good to those who trust him, to the soul that searches for him.

It is good to wait in silence for the Lord to save.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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F. A reading from the prophet Daniel (12:1-3)

I, Daniel, was doing penance, wen I received this message from the Lord:

"At that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who mounts guard over your people. There is going to be a time of great distress, unparalleled since nations first came into existence. When that time comes, your own people will be spared, all those whose names are found written in the Book. Of those who lie sleeping in the dust of the earth many will awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting disgrace. The learned will shine as brightly as the vault of heaven, and those who have instructed many in virtue, as bright as stars for all eternity."

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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G. A reading from the second book of Maccabees (12:43-45)

Judas, the leader of the Jews, took a collection from the people individually, amounting to nearly two thousand drachmae, and sent it to Jerusalem to have a sacrifice for sin offered, an altogether fine and noble action, in which he took full account of the resurrection. For if he had not expected the fallen to rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead, whereas if he had in view the splendid recompense reserved to those who make a pious end, the thought was holy and devout. This was why he had this atonement sacrifice offered for the dead, so that they might be released from their sin.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.


Readings from the New Testament

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A. A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (10:34-43)

Peter addressed Cornelius and his household:

'The truth I have now come to realise,' he said, 'is that God does not have favourites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him. 'It is true, God sent his word to the people of Israel, and it was to them that the good news of peace was brought by Jesus Christ - but Jesus Christ is Lord of all peoples. You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea; about Jesus of Nazareth and how he began in Galilee, after John had been preaching baptism. God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, because God was with him, Jesus went about doing good and curing all who had fallen into the power of the devil. Now I, and those with me, can witness to everything he did throughout the countryside of Judaea and in Jerusalem itself: and also to the fact that they killed him by hanging him on a tree, yet three days afterwards God raised him to life and allowed him to be seen, not by the whole people but only by certain witnesses God had chosen beforehand. Now we are those witnesses - we have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead - and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed him to judge everyone alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (10:34-36. 42-43)

Peter addressed Cornelius and his household:

'The truth I have now come to realise,' he said, 'is that God does not have favourites, but that anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him.'

'It is true, God sent his word to the people of Israel, and it was to them that the good news of peace was brought by Jesus Christ - but Jesus Christ is Lord of all peoples, and he has ordered us to proclaim this to his people and to tell them that God has appointed him to judge everyone, alive or dead. It is to him that all the prophets bear this witness: that all who believe in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name.'

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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B. A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans (5:5-11)

Hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy SPirit, which has been given us. We were still helpless when at his appointed moment Christ died for sinful people. It is not easy to die even for a good person - though of course for someone really worthy, one might be prepared to die - but what proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Having died to make us righteous, is it likely that he would now fail to save us from God's anger? When we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, we were still enemies; now that we have been reconciled, surely we may count on being saved by the life of his Son? Not merely because we have been reconciled but because we are filled with joyful trust in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have already gained our reconciliation.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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C. A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans (5:17-21)

If it is certain that death reigned over everyone as the consequence of one person's fall, it is even more certain that one person, Jesus Christ, will cause everyone to reign in life who receives the free gift that he does not deserve, of being made righteous. Again, as one person's fall brought condemnation on everyone, so the good act of one person brings everyone life and makes them justified. As by one person's disobedience many were made sinners, so by one person's obedience many will be made righteous. When law came, it was to multiply the opportunities of falling, but however great the number of sins committed, grace was even greater; and so, just as sin reigned wherever there was death, so grace will reign to bring eternal life thanks to the righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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D. A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans (6:3-9)

When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glory, we too might live a new life.

If in union with Christ we have imitated his death, we shall also imitate him in his resurrection. We must realise that our former selves have been crucified with him to destroy this sinful body and to free us from the slavery of sin. When a we die, of course, we have finished with sin.

But we believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him: Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him any more.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans (6:3-9)

You have been taught that when we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glory, we too might live a new life.

But we believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him: Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him any more.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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E. A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans (8:14-23)

Everyone moved by the Spirit is a Child of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of children, and it makes us cry out, 'Abba, Father!' The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And is we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.

I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us. The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his children. It was not for any fault on the part of creation that it was made unable to attain its purpose, it was made so by God; but creation still retains hope of being freed, like us, from its slavery to decadence, to enjoy the same freedom and glory as the children of God. From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies to be set free.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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F. A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans (8:31b-35. 37-39)

With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us - he rose form the dead, and there at God's right hand he stands and pleads for us.

Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us.

For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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G. A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans (14:7-12)

The life and death of each of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life, it was so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. We shall all have to stand before the judgement seat of God; as Scripture says: By my life - it is the Lord who speaks - every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall praise God. It is to God, therefore, that each of us must give account of oneself.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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H. A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians (15:20-28)

Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one person and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one person. Just as all die in Adam, so all will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order; Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death, for everything is to be put under his feet. Though when it is said that everything is subjected, this clearly cannot include the One who subjected everything to him. And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in his turn to the One who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians (15:20-23)

Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one person and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one person. Just as all die in Adam, so all will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him.

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ALL: Thanks be to God.

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I. A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians (15:51-57)

I will tell you something that has been secret: that we are not all going to die, but we shall all be changed. This will be instantaneous, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet sounds. It will sound, and the dead will be raised, imperishable, and we shall be changed as well, because our present perishable nature must put on imperishability and this mortal nature must put on immortality.

When this perishable nature has put on imperishability, and when this mortal nature has put on immortality, then the words of Scripture will come true: Death is swallowed up in victory. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting? Now the sting of death is sin, and sin gets its power from the Law. So let us thank God for giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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ALL: Thanks be to God.

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J. A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians (4:14 - 5:1)

We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus to life will raise us with Jesus in our turn, and put us by his side and you with us. You see, all this is for you benefit, so that the more grace is multiplied among people, the more thanksgiving there will be, to the glory of God.

That is why there is no weakening on our part, and instead, though this outer human form of ours may be falling into decay, the inner person is renewed day by day. Yes, the troubles which are soon over, though they weigh little, train us for the carrying of a weight of eternal glory which is out of all proportion to them. And so we have no eyes for things that are visible, but only for things that are invisible; for visible things last only for a time, and the invisible things are eternal.

For we know that when the tent that we live in on earth is folded up, there is a house built by God for us, an everlasting home not made by human hands, in heavens.

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ALL: Thanks be to God.

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K. A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians (5:1. 6-10)

We know that when the tent that we live in on earth is folded up, there is a house built by God for us, an everlasting home not made by human hands, in the heavens.

We are always full of confidence, then, when we remember that to live in the body means to be exiled from the Lord, going as we do by faith and not by sight - we are full of confidence, I say, and actually want to be exiled from the body and make our home with the Lord. Whether we are living in the body or exiled from it, we are intent on pleasing him. For all the truth about us will be brought out in the law court of Christ, and each of us will get what we deserve for the things we did in the body, good or bad.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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L. A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Philippians (3:20-21)

For us, our homeland is in heaven, and from heaven comes the saviour we are waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body. He will do that by the same power with which he can subdue the whole universe.

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ALL: Thanks be to God.

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M. A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians (4:13-18)

We want you to be quite certain, brothers, about those who have died, to make sure that you do not grieve about them, like the other people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus: God will bring them with him. We can tell you this from the Lord's own teaching, that any of us who are left alive until the Lord's coming will not have any advantage over those who have died. At the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the Lord himself will come down from heaven; those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and then those of us who are still alive will be taken up in the clouds, together with them, to meet the Lord in the air. So we shall stay with the Lord for ever. With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another.

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ALL: Thanks be to God.

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N. A reading from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy (2:8-13)

Remember the Good News that I carry, 'Jesus Christ risen from the dead, sprung from the race of David'; it is on account of this that I have my own hardships to bear, even to being chained like a criminal - but they cannot chain up God's news. So I bear it all for the sake of those who are chosen so that in the end they may have the salvation that is in Christ Jesus and the eternal glory that comes with it.

Here is a saying that you can rely on:
If we have died with him, then we shall live with him.
If we hold firm, then we shall reign with him.
If we disown him, then he will disown us.
We may be unfaithful, but he is always faithful,
For he cannot disown his own self.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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O. A reading from the second letter of Paul to Timothy (4:6-11)

As for me, my life is already being poured away as an offering, and the time has come for me to depart.

I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come for me now is the crown of uprightness which the Lord, the upright judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his appearing.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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P. A reading from the first letter of St John (3:1-2)

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God's children; and that is what we are. Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us. My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

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Q. A reading from the first letter of St John (3:14-16)

We have passed out of death and into life, and of this we can be sure because we love our brothers and sisters. If you refuse to love, you must remain dead; to hate your brother or sister is to be a murderer, and murderers, as you know, do not have eternal life in them. This has taught us love - that he gave up his life for us; and we, too, ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.


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Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal, © 2010, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.
Scripture readings are taken from the Jerusalem Bible © 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday and Company Inc. Used by permission.
Psalm text taken from Psalms: The New Translation © 1963 published by HarperCollinsReligious by permission of A.P. Watt Ltd on behalf of The Grail, England.

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