PCS 217-218: Scriptures at the Time of Death

These two sections respectively give short Scriptures (single sentences) and longer passages of up to 22 verses. PCS 217 suggests in order Romans 8:35, Romans 14:8, 2 Corinthians 5:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:17, 1 John 3:2, 1 John 3:14, Psalm 25:1, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 27:13, Psalm 42:3, Psalm 23:4, Matthew 25:34, Luke 23:43, John 14:2a, John 14:2b-3, John 17:24, John 6:40, Psalm 31:5a, Acts 7:59.

Now for one of my rare criticisms of the PCS rites. It’s not that I find these brief passages lacking in any way. In fact, they are ideal material for prayer, and even for musical composition. My comment is that the framers of this rite didn’t seem to do much more than browse the funeral lectionary. These examples are exclusively from the psalms and the New  Testament. Nothing from the prophets (like Isaiah 43:2-3) or the Wisdom literature (Wisdom 5:15 or Sirach 18:9-10).

The hallmark of pastoral flexibility continues in PCS 218 with thirteen suggestions for readings, noting also that selections from Part III of the Rite (PCS 297-298) may be used instead. The selections: Job 19:23-27a, Psalms 23, 25, 91, and 121, 1 John 4:16, Revelation 21:1-5a, 6-7, Matthew 25:1-13, Luke 22:39-46 or 23:44-49 or 24:1-8, John 6:37-40, and John 14:1-6, 23, 27.

Again, Lectionary offerings that mostly ignore the bulk of the Old Testament possibilities.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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