Use the following guide to help in making your selection:

  • The First Reading usually comes from the list of Old Testament readings.
  • The Psalm is usually sung with a response from the congregation between each verse. We have shown the selected psalms in their entirety. The responsorial version of the psalm that would be used at the mass would be taken from an appropriate hymnbook.
  • The Second Reading is usually selected from the list of New Testament readings, other than the Gospel.
  • The Gospel is read by the priest/celebrant but the First and Second readings would normally be read by family members or friends of the deceased.
  • Especially in smaller funerals, one reading may be chosen, either from the Old or New Testament, to be read alongside the Gospel and Responsorial Psalm.
  • You may find it helpful to fill out the attached PLANNING FORM to help you communicate your wishes with the parish.

Old Testament Readings

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11a

A Reading from the book of Ecclesiastes

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose,
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace;
What gain have the workers from their toil?

I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with.

He has made everything suitable for its time.

The Word of the Lord.

Job 19: 1,23-27

A Reading from the book of the Prophet Job

Job answered:

“O that my words were written down!
O that they were inscribed in a book!
O that with an iron pen and with lead
they were engraved on a rock for ever!

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see on my side,
and my eyes shall behold,
and not another.”

The Word of the Lord

Wisdom 3:1-9

A Reading from the Book of Wisdom.

The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.

In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.

For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.

Having been disciplined a little,
they will receive great good,
because God tested them
and found them worthy of himself;
like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt-offering he accepted them.

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.

They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them for ever.

Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.

The Word of the Lord

Wisdom 4:7-15

A Reading from the book of Wisdom.

The righteous, though they die early,
will be at rest.

For old age is not honoured for length of time,
or measured by number of years;
but understanding is grey hair for anyone,
and a blameless life is ripe old age.

There was one who pleased God and was loved by him,
and while living among sinners was taken up.

Such a person was caught up
so that evil might not change their understanding
or guile deceive their soul.

For the fascination of wickedness obscures what is good,
and roving desire perverts the innocent mind.

Being perfected in a short time, they fulfilled long years;
for their souls was pleasing to the Lord,
therefore he took them quickly from the midst of wickedness.

Yet the peoples saw and did not understand,
or take such a thing to heart,
that God’s grace and mercy are with his elect,
and that he watches over his holy ones.

The Word of the Lord

Ezekiel 37:12-14

A reading from the book of the Prophet Ezekiel

“Therefore prophesy, and say to them,
Thus says the Lord God:
I am going to open your graves,
and bring you up from your graves, O my people;
and I will bring you back to the land of Israel.

And you shall know that I am the Lord,
when I open your graves,
and bring you up from your graves, O my people.

I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live,
and I will place you on your own soil;
then you shall know that I, the Lord,
have spoken and will act,” says the Lord.

The word of the Lord.

Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9

A Reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food.

And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
he will swallow up death for ever.

Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people
he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.

It will be said on that day,
“See, this is our God;
we have waited for him, so that he might save us.

This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

The Word of the Lord

Isaiah 61:1-3d

A Reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me
because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to provide for those who mourn in Zion-
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.

The Word of the Lord.

Isaiah 65:17-21

A Reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah

Thus says the Lord:
I am about to create new heavens and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.

But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.

I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.

The Word of the Lord

Lamentations 3:17-26

A Reading from the book of Lamentations

My soul is deprived of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, “Gone is my glory,
and all that I had hoped for from the Lord.”

The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
is wormwood and gall!

My soul continually thinks of it
and is bowed down within me.

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.

It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.

The Word of the Lord

Daniel 12:1-3

A reading from the book of Prophet Daniel.

At that time Michael, the great prince,
the protector of your people, shall arise.

There shall be a time of anguish,
such as has never occurred
since nations first came into existence.

But at that time your people shall be delivered,
everyone who is found written in the book.

Many of those who sleep
in the dust of the earth shall awake,
some to everlasting life,
and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky,
and those who lead many to righteousness,
like the stars forever and ever.

The Word of the Lord

2 Maccabees 12:43-45

A Reading from the Second Book of Maccabees

Judas Maccabeus took up a collection, man by man,
to the amount of two thousand drachmas of silver,
and sent it to Jerusalem to provide for a sin-offering.

In doing this he acted very well and honourably,
taking account of the resurrection.

For if he were not expecting
that those who had fallen would rise again,
it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead.

But if he was looking to the splendid reward
that is laid up for those who fall asleep in godliness,
it was a holy and pious thought.

Therefore he made atonement for the dead,
so that they might be delivered from their sin.

The Word of the Lord.

Psalms

Psalm 23

The psalm is shown in its entirety. The responsorial version of the psalm that is used in the funeral mass would be taken from an appropriate hymn book.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff— they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

Psalm 25

The psalm is shown in its entirety. The responsorial version of the psalm that is used in the funeral mass would be taken from an appropriate hymn book.

Psalm 25

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust;
do not let me be put to shame;
do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.
For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Who are they that fear the Lord?
He will teach them the way that they should choose.
They will abide in prosperity,
and their children shall possess the land.
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes his covenant known to them.
My eyes are ever towards the Lord,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress.
Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
O guard my life, and deliver me;
do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
Redeem Israel, O God, out of all its troubles.

Psalm 27

The psalm is shown in its entirety. The responsorial version of the psalm that is used in the funeral mass would be taken from an appropriate hymn book.

Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.
One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock.
Now my head is lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,
be gracious to me and answer me!
‘Come,’ my heart says, ‘seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, do I seek.
Do not hide your face from me.
Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation!
If my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up.
Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they are breathing out violence.
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Psalm 42 and 43

The psalm is shown in its entirety. The responsorial version of the psalm that is used in the funeral mass would be taken from an appropriate hymn book.

Psalm 42

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and behold the face of God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
while people say to me continually, ‘Where is your God?’
These things I remember, as I pour out my soul:
how I went with the throng,
and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.
My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock,
‘Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?’ As with a deadly wound in my body,
my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
‘Where is your God?’
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.
Psalm 43
Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust deliver me!
For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully because of the oppression of the enemy?
O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.

Psalm 63

The psalm is shown in its entirety. The responsorial version of the psalm that is used in the funeral mass would be taken from an appropriate hymn book.

Psalm 63

O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
they shall be given over to the power of the sword, they shall be prey for jackals.
But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

Psalm 103

The psalm is shown in its entirety. The responsorial version of the psalm that is used in the funeral mass would be taken from an appropriate hymn book.

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he keep his anger for ever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
For he knows how we were made; he remembers that we are dust.
As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word.
Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will.
Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Psalm 116

The psalm is shown in its entirety. The responsorial version of the psalm that is used in the funeral mass would be taken from an appropriate hymn book.

Psalm 116

I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
The Lord protects the simple;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest,
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.
I walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
I kept my faith, even when I said, ‘I am greatly afflicted’;
I said in my consternation, ‘Everyone is a liar.’
What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones.
O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the child of your serving-maid. You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 122

The psalm is shown in its entirety. The responsorial version of the psalm that is used in the funeral mass would be taken from an appropriate hymn book.

Psalm 122

I was glad when they said to me,
‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’
Our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem—built as a city
that is bound firmly together.
To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord,
as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For there the thrones for judgement were set up, the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers.’
For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.

Psalm 130

The psalm is shown in its entirety. The responsorial version of the psalm that is used in the funeral mass would be taken from an appropriate hymn book.

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Psalm 143

The psalm is shown in its entirety. The responsorial version of the psalm that is used in the funeral mass would be taken from an appropriate hymn book.

Psalm 143

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness; answer me in your righteousness.
Do not enter into judgement with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.
For the enemy has pursued me,
crushing my life to the ground,
making me sit in darkness like those long dead.
Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.
I remember the days of old,
I think about all your deeds,
I meditate on the works of your hands.
I stretch out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.
Selah
Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me,
or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Save me, O Lord, from my enemies; I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.
Let your good spirit lead me on a level path.
For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life. In your righteousness bring me out of trouble.
In your steadfast love cut off my enemies, and destroy all my adversaries,
for I am your servant.

New Testament

Acts 10:34-43

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Peter began to speak:
“I truly understand that God shows no partiality,
but in every nation
anyone who fears him and does what
is right is acceptable to him.

You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all.

That message spread throughout Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced:
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and with power;
how he went about doing good
and healing all who were oppressed by the devil,
for God was with him.

We are witnesses to all that he did
both in Judea and in Jerusalem.

They put him to death by hanging him on a tree;
but God raised him on the third day
and allowed him to appear,
not to all the people
but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses,
and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify
that he is the one ordained by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
All the prophets testify about him
that everyone who believes in him
receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

The Word of the Lord

Romans 5:5-11

A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
Hope does not disappoint us,
God’s love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit
that has been given to us.

For while we were still weak,
at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—
though perhaps for a good person
someone might actually dare to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we still were sinners
Christ died for us.

Much more surely then,
now that we have been justified by his blood,
will we be saved through him
from the wrath of God.

For if while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
much more surely, having been reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.
But more than that,
we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.

The Word of the Lord

Romans 5:17-21

A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
if, because of the one man’s trespass,
death exercised dominion through that one,
much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace
and the free gift of righteousness
exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

Therefore just as one man’s trespass
led to condemnation for all people,
so one man’s act of righteousness
leads to justification and life for all people.

For just as by the one man’s disobedience
the many were made sinners,
so by the one man’s obedience
the many will be made righteous.

But law came in,
with the result that the trespass multiplied;
but where sin increased,
grace abounded all the more,
so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death,
so grace might also exercise dominion through justification
leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Word of the Lord

Romans 6:3-9

A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
do you not know
that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death?

Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his,
we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.

We know that our old self was crucified with him
so that the body of sin might be destroyed,
and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.

For whoever has died is freed from sin.
But if we have died with Christ,
we believe that we will also live with him.
We know that Christ, being raised from the dead,
will never die again;
death no longer has dominion over him.

The Word of the Lord

Romans 8:14-23

A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters,
all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons and daughters of God.

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery
to fall back into fear,
but you have received a spirit of adoption to sonship.

When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’
it is that very Spirit bearing witness
with our spirit that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs,
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—
if, in fact, we suffer with him
so that we may also be glorified with him.

I consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worth comparing with the glory
about to be revealed to us.
For the creation waits with eager longing

for the revealing of the children of God;
for the creation was subjected to futility,
not of its own will
but by the will of the one who subjected it,
in hope that the creation itself
will be set free from its bondage to decay
and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation
has been groaning in labour pains until now;
and not only the creation,
but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit,
groan inwardly while we wait for adoption to sonship,
the redemption of our bodies.

The Word of the Lord

Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39

A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who is against us?

He who did not withhold his own Son,
but gave him up for all of us,
will he not with him also give us everything else?

Who will bring any charge against God’s elect?
It is God who justifies.

Who is to condemn?
It is Christ Jesus, who died,
yes, who was raised,
who is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will hardship, or distress, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor Angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us
from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Word of the Lord

Romans 14:7-12

A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
we do not live to ourselves,
and we do not die to ourselves.

If we live, we live to the Lord,
and if we die, we die to the Lord;
so then, whether we live or whether we die,
we are the Lord’s.

For to this end Christ died and lived again,
so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.

For it is written,
‘As I live, says the Lord,
every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.’

So then, each of us will be accountable to God.

The Word of the Lord

1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20

A Reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.

If Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead,
how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead?
For if the dead are not raised,
then Christ has not been raised.

If Christ has not been raised,
you faith is futile and you are still in your sins.

Then those who have died in Christ have perished.
If for this life only we have hoped in Christ,
we are of all people most to be pitied.

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

The Word of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:20-24a, 26-28

A Reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

For since death came through a man,
the resurrection of the dead has also come through a man;
for as all die in Adam,
so all will be made alive in Christ.

But each in his own order:
Christ the first fruits,
then at his coming those who belong to Christ.
Then comes the end,
when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet”
But when it says, “All things are put in subjection,”
it is plain that this does not include the one
who put all things in subjection under him.

When all things are subjected to him,
then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one
who put all things in subjection under him,
so that God may be all in all.

The Word of the Lord

1 Corinthians 15:51-57

A Reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Listen, I will tell you a mystery!

We will not all die,
but we will all be changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.

For the trumpet will sound,
and the dead will be raised imperishable,
and we will be changed.

For this perishable body must put on imperishability,
and this mortal body must put on immortality.
When this perishable body puts on imperishability,
and this mortal body puts on immortality,
then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:
‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’

‘Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?’
The sting of death is sin,
and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God,
who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Word of the Lord

2 Corinthians 4:14-5:1

A Reading from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus,
and will bring us with you into his presence.

Yes, everything is for your sake,
so that grace, as it extends to more and more people,
may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

So we do not lose heart.

Even though our outer nature is wasting away,
our inner nature is being renewed day by day.

For this slight momentary affliction
is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure,
because we look not at what can be seen
but at what cannot be seen;
for what can be seen is temporary,
but what cannot be seen is eternal.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed,
we have a building from God,
a house not made with hands,
eternal in the heavens.

The Word of the Lord

2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10

A Reading from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
We know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed,
we have a building from God,
a house not made with hands,
eternal in the heavens.

So we are always confident;
even though we know that while we are at home in the body
we are away from the Lord—
for we walk by faith, not by sight.

Yes, we do have confidence,
and we would rather be away from the body
and at home with the Lord.
So whether we are at home or away,
we make it our aim to please him.

For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
so that each may receive recompense
for what has been done in the body,
whether good or evil.

The Word of the Lord

Philippians 3:20-21

A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians

Brothers and sisters:
Our citizenship is in heaven,
and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour,
the Lord Jesus Christ.

He will transform the body of our humiliation
so that it may be conformed to the body of his glory,
by the power that also enables him
to make all things subject to himself.

The Word of the Lord

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,
about those who have died,
so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.

For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so, through Jesus,
God will bring with him those who have died.

For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive,
who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will by no means precede those who have died.
For the Lord himself, with a cry of command,
with the Archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet,
will descend from heaven,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left,
will be caught up in the clouds together
with them to meet the Lord in the air;
and so we will be with the Lord for ever.

Therefore encourage one another with these words.

The Word of the Lord

2 Timothy 2:8-13

A Reading from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

Beloved, remember Jesus Christ,
raised from the dead,
a descendant of David—
that is my gospel,
for which I suffer hardship,
even to the point of being chained like a criminal.

But the word of God is not chained.

Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect,
so that they may also obtain
the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

The saying is sure:
If we have died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he will also deny us;
if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.

The Word of the Lord

1 John 3:1-2

A Reading from the First Letter of Saint John

Beloved, see what love the Father has given us,
that we should be called children of God;
and that is what we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.

Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we will be has not yet been revealed.
What we do know is this:
when he is revealed, we will be like him,
for we will see him as he is.

The Word of the Lord

1 John 3:14-16

A Reading from the First Letter of Saint John

Beloved, we know that we have passed
from death to life because we love one another.
Whoever does not love abides in death.
All who hate a brother or sister are murderers,
and you know that murderers
do not have eternal life abiding in them.

We know love by this,
that he laid down his life for us—
and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.

The Word of the Lord

Revelation 14:13

A Reading from the book of Revelation

And I, John, heard a voice from heaven saying,
“Write this:

Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labours,
for their deeds follow them.”

The Word of the Lord

Revelation 20:11-21:1

A Reading from the book of Revelation

Then I, John, saw a great white throne
and the one who sat on it;
the earth and the heaven fled from his presence,
and no place was found for them.
And I saw the dead, great and small,
standing before the throne, and books were opened.
Also another book was opened, the book of life.

And the dead were judged according to their works,
as recorded in the books.

And the sea gave up the dead that were in it,
Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them,
and all were judged according to what they had done.
Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.

This is the second death, the lake of fire;
and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,
and the sea was no more.

The Word of the Lord

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

A Reading from the book of Revelation

Then I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth;
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,
and the sea was no more.

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among humans.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said,
“See, I am making all things new.
I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the beginning and the end.
To the thirsty I will give water as a gift
from the spring of the water of life.
Those who conquer will inherit these things,
and I will be their God and they will be my children.”

The Word of the Lord

Revelation 7:9, 14b-17

A Reading from the book of Revelation.

After this, I, John, looked,
and there was a great multitude that no one could count,
from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,
standing before the throne and before the Lamb,
robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.

And one of the elders said to me,
“These are they who have come out of the great ordeal;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.

They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.

The Word of the Lord.

Alleluia Verses

Matthew 11:25

At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

John 6:39

And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.

John 6:40

This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.

John 6:51

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.

John 11:25a-26

Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’

Philippians 3:20

But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 2:11-12a

The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us.

Revelation 1:5a, 6b

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 14:13

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labours, for their deeds follow them.’

Gospel Readings

Matthew 5:1-12a

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Matthew 11:25-30

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew

At that time Jesus said,
“I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because you have hidden these things
from the wise and the intelligent
and have revealed them to infants;
yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”

He continued: “All things have been handed over to me
by my Father;
and no one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you that are weary
and are carrying heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me;
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Matthew 25:1-13

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew

Jesus spoke this parable to the disciples:
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this.

Ten bridesmaids took their lamps
and went to meet the bridegroom.

Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
When the foolish took their lamps,
they took no oil with them;
but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.

As the bridegroom was delayed,
all of them became drowsy and slept.
But at midnight there was a shout,
‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’

Then all those bridesmaids got up
and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you
and for us;
you had better go to the dealers
and buy some for yourselves.’

And while they went to buy it,
the bridegroom came,
and those who were ready went with him
into the wedding banquet;
and the door was shut.

Later the other bridesmaids came also,
saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’
But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’

Keep awake therefore,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Matthew 25:31-46

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him,
then he will sit on the throne of his glory.

All the nations will be gathered before him,
and he will separate people one from another
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,
and he will put the sheep at his right hand
and the goats at the left.

Then the king will say to those at his right hand,
‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world;
for I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me,
I was in prison and you visited me.’

Then the righteous will answer him,
‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry
and gave you food,
or thirsty and gave you something to drink?
And when was it that we saw you a stranger
and welcomed you,
or naked and gave you clothing?
And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison
and visited you?’

And the king will answer them,
‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it
to one of the least of these
who are members of my family,
you did it to me.’

Then he will say to those at his left hand,
‘You that are accursed,
depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil
and his angels;
for I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
I was a stranger and you did not welcome me,
naked and you did not give me clothing,
sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’

Then they also will answer,
‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison,
and did not take care of you?’

Then he will answer them,
‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it
to one of the least of these,
you did not do it to me.’
And these will go away into eternal punishment,
but the righteous into eternal life.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Mark 15:33-39, 16:1-6

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Mark

When it was noon,
darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon.
At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice,
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
which means, “My God, my God,
why have you forsaken me?”

When some of the bystanders heard it,
they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.”
And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine,
put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink,
saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come
to take him down.”

Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

And the curtain of the temple was torn in two,
from top to bottom.

Now when the centurion, who stood facing him,
saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said,
“Truly this man was God’s Son!”

When the Sabbath was over,
Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James,
and Salome bought spices,
so that they might go and anoint him.

And very early on the first day of the week,
when the sun had risen,
they went to the tomb.

They had been saying to one another,
“Who will roll away the stone for us
from the entrance to the tomb?”
When they looked up, they saw that the stone,
which was very large, had already been rolled back.

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man,
dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side;
and they were alarmed.

But he said to them,
“Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,
who was crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here.
Look, there is the place they laid him.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Luke 7:11-17

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Luke

Jesus went to a town called Nain,
and his disciples and a large crowd went with him.

As he approached the gate of the town,
a man who had died was being carried out.
He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow;
and with her was a large crowd from the town.

When the Lord saw her,
he had compassion for her and said to her,
“Do not weep.”
Then he came forward and touched the bier,
and the bearers stood still.
And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.

Fear seized all of them;
and they glorified God, saying,
“A great prophet has risen among us!”
and “God has looked favourably on his people!”

This word about him spread throughout Judea
and all the surrounding country.

The Gospel of the Lord

Luke 12:35-40

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Luke

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit;
be like those who are waiting
or their master to return from the wedding banquet,
so that they may open the door for him
as soon as he comes and knocks.

Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert
when he comes;
truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt
and have them sit down to eat,
and he will come and serve them.

If he comes during the middle of the night,
or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

“But know this: if the owner of the house had known
at what hour the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be ready,
for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Luke 22:33, 39-43

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Luke

Jesus said to him,
“Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!”
He came out and went, as was his custom,
to the Mount of Olives;
and the disciples followed him.

When he reached the place, he said to them,
“Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”
Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw,
knelt down, and prayed,
“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me;
yet, not my will but yours be done.”
Then an angel from heaven appeared to him
and gave him strength.

The Gospel of the Lord

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

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Luke

It was now about noon,
and darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon,
while the sun’s light failed;
and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said,
‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’
Having said this, he breathed his last.

Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph,
who was a member of the council.
This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth,
and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb
where no one had ever been laid.

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn,
they came to the tomb,
taking the spices that they had prepared.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
but when they went in, they did not find the body.
While they were perplexed about this,
suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.
The women were terrified
and bowed their faces to the ground,
but the men said to them,
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here, but has risen.
Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Luke 24:13-35

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint Luke

On the first day of the week
two of the disciples were going to a village called Emmaus,
about seven miles from Jerusalem,
and talking with each other about
all these things that had happened.

While they were talking and discussing,
Jesus himself came near and went with them,
but their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
And he said to them,
“What are you discussing with each other
while you walk along?”
They stood still, looking sad.
Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him,
“Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem
who does not know the things
that have taken place there in these days?”

He asked them, “What things?”
They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth,
who was a prophet mighty in deed
and word before God and all the people,
and how our chief priests and leaders
handed him over to be condemned to death
and crucified him.
But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.
Yes, and besides all this,
it is now the third day since these things took place.

Moreover, some women of our group astounded us.
They were at the tomb early this morning,
and when they did not find his body there,
they came back and told us
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who said that he was alive.
Some of those who were with us
went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said;
but they did not see him.”

Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are,
and how slow of heart
to believe all that the prophets have declared!
Was it not necessary that the Messiah
should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?”

Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them the things
about himself in all the scriptures.

As they came near the village
to which they were going,
he walked ahead as if he were going on.
But they urged him strongly, saying,
“Stay with us, because it is almost evening
and the day is now nearly over.”
So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at the table with them,
he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him;
and he vanished from their sight.

They said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he was talking to us on the road,
while he was opening the scriptures to us?”

That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem;
and they found the eleven
and their companions gathered together.
They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed,
and he has appeared to Simon!”

Then they told what had happened on the road,
and how he had been made known to them
in the breaking of the bread.

The Gospel of the Lord

John 5:24-29

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jesus said to the people:
“Very truly, I tell you,
anyone who hears my word
and believes him who sent me has eternal life,
and does not come under judgment,
but has passed from death to life.

“Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming,
and is now here,
when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God,
and those who hear will live.

For just as the Father has life in himself,
so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself;
and he has given him authority to execute judgment,
because he is the Son of Man.
Do not be astonished at this;
for the hour is coming
when all who are in their graves will hear his voice
and will come out—
those who have done good, to the resurrection of life,
and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

The Gospel of the Lord

John 6:37-40

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jesus said to the people:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away;
for I have come down from heaven,
not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
And this is the will of him who sent me,
that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me,
but raise it up on the last day.
This is indeed the will of my Father,
that all who see the Son and believe in him
may have eternal life;
and I will raise them up on the last day.”

The Gospel of the Lord

John 6:51-59

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jesus said to the people:
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I will give for the life of the world
is my flesh.”

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying,
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
So Jesus said to them,
“Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh
of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you have no life in you.
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life,
and I will raise them up on the last day;
for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.

Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me,
and I in them.

Just as the living Father sent me,
and I live because of the Father,
so whoever eats me will live because of me.

This is the bread that came down from heaven,
not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died.
But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.”

He said these things while he was teaching
in the synagogue at Capernaum.

The Gospel of the Lord

John 11:17-27

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint John

When Jesus arrived,
he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb
or four days.

Now Bethany was near Jerusalem,
some two miles away,
and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary
to console them about their brother.

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went and met him,
while Mary stayed at home.
Martha said to Jesus,
“Lord, if you had been here,
my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that God will give you
whatever you ask of him.”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again
in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.
Those who believe in me, even though they die,
will live, and everyone who lives
and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”

She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe
that you are the Messiah, the Son of God,
the one coming into the world.”

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John 11:32-45

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint John

When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
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(John 11:32-45) GOS15

John 12:23-28

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jesus said to his disciples: “
The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Very truly, I tell you,
unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,
it remains just a single grain;
but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Those who love their life lose it,
and those who hate their life in this world
will keep it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there will my servant be also.
Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.

“Now my soul is troubled.
And what should I say—‘
Father, save me from this hour?’
No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour.
Father, glorify your name.”
Then a voice came from heaven,
“I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”

The Gospel of the Lord

John 14:1-6

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If it were not so, would I have told you
that I go to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and will take you to myself,
so that where I am, there you may be also.
And you know the way to the place where I am going.”

Thomas said to him,
“Lord, we do not know where you are going.
How can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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John 17:24-26

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint John

Jesus said: “Father, I desire that those also,
whom you have given me,
may be with me where I am, to see my glory,
which you have given me
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

“Righteous Father, the world does not know you,
but I know you; and these know that you have sent me.
I made your name known to them,
and I will make it known,
so that the love with which you have loved me
may be in them,
and I in them.”

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John 19:17-18, 25-29

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Saint John

Carrying the cross by himself,
Jesus went out to what is called The Place of the Skull,
which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.
There they crucified him,
and with him two others, one on either side,
with Jesus between them.
And that is what the soldiers did.

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus
were his mother, and his mother’s sister,
Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved
standing beside her, he said to his mother,
“Woman, here is your son.”
Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished,
he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.”
A jar full of sour wine was standing there.
So they put a sponge full of the wine
on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.

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