Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals

Funeral Lectionary: Titus 2:11-14

It’s a Christmas reading, and if you attend Midnight Mass it should be familiar: Beloved: the grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

At a wedding, when 1 Corinthians 13 is read, usually it’s the whole chapter. This second half of that larger reading seems appropriate for a reflection on the end of life and to what lies beyond human death. What does … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

I know what a few of you are going to say. “But this is a wedding reading!” Will mourners sit up straight, cock their heads, and ask if nuptials broke out at a funeral? A reading like this will get … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 2:6-9

I’m not sure which priest I worked for suggested this brief reading to his parishioners, but I thought it a succinct and appropriate selection for the occasion of a funeral. It seems to touch on three important points. But before … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Revelation 7:9-10, 15-17

The first reading for All Saints has a narrow intersection with one of the readings suggested for a funeral of a child (but not for an adult): verses 9 and 10. The commonality: I had a vision of a great … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Ephesians 1:3-10

Overlooked in the funeral Lectionary is this selection suggested for the funeral of a child. You can find more Catholic suggestions in the Order of Christian funerals right after the adult readings, in chapter 14. The framers of the rite suggest … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Isaiah 46:3-4

A brief passage here, taken out of context of a larger narrative in Isaiah 46 in which pagan gods are mocked for being empty and powerless statues, dependent on human beings to carry them from place to place. God, however, … Continue reading

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