Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals

Funeral Lectionary: Genesis 48:21; 49:29-33

Some might find this farewell from  Jacob to his sons edifying. It had to be edited, as most of the offspring do not get good words from their father. Jacob addresses his eleventh son: Jacob said to Joseph: “I am … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Genesis 9:12-17

Here’s another Bible passage that’s not in the Catholic Lectionary for funerals. This passage was suggested by a priest I once worked with. There’s no obvious mention of death, but God does acknowledge in this covenant with Noah he is … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Sirach 44:1a, 10b-15

In my last parish, the pastor and I shared some gems in the Scriptures that seemed fitting for funerals, but weren’t in the Lectionary. The book of Sirach seems an especially fertile field for such possibilities. I hesitate a bit … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

Pete Seeger and the Byrds placed these words in many ears and on singers’ lips in the sixties of the last century. That may be why this is one of the more popular readings selected for a funeral, even though … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Sirach 18:7-10

Over the years, I’ve worked with many priests and families who bring their own ideas to the choice of funeral readings. I thought I would share today’s section from deep in the book of Sirach, as it seems appropriate, brief, … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Matthew 5:1-12a

(This is Fran’s contribution, who blogs here and here.) This well-known and well-loved passage seems to be rarely chosen for a funeral Gospel in my experience. I’m not really sure why that is. The words paint a very clear picture … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Matthew 25:1-13

A parable, and one of the best: Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins   who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were … Continue reading

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

Another narrative of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It’s interesting that the Lectionary framers carefully omitted some verses (47-49, 51, 54-56), but they also give the option of a shorter reading (in blue below). This narrative picks up where the good … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Luke 23:33, 39-43

Jesus, remember me: this would be one of the most recognizable quotes of the Gospel. The text is sung at funerals more than it is proclaimed. I know of at least two adaptations of the Taize refrain, adding verses, to … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 122

The common Psalm for the last weeks in Ordinary Time is a good choice for funerals, though hardly ever used. It is paired with the apocalyptic readings of the end times in November. It appears in Advent, too. It is … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 143:1-2, 5-6, 7ab+8ab, 10

I’ve never played a funeral or attended one in which Psalm 143 was chosen. I suspect many planners stop at the 23rd and look no further. Or draw on the more commonly used settings of other psalms–the 143rd does not … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Matthew 25:31-46

In this context, we sure hope we’re sheep: Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory,   and all the angels with him,   he will sit upon his glorious throne,   and all the … Continue reading

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Funeral Vestments for Madison

I noted the discussion on PrayTell about funeral vestment colors in southern Wisconsin. That territory is well-traveled on this blog. My own sense is that the monochromatic vestments seen in too many parishes do not do justice to the Mass. … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Matthew 11:25-30

A reading for the care of the mourners, and one of the more popular among funeral choices: On one occasion, Jesus spoke thus: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,   for although you have hidden … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 25:6+7bc, 17-18, 20-21

Psalm 25 is a frequent choice for funerals. It is familiar to many Catholics as one of the common psalms of the season of Advent. It also appears now and then during Lent and Ordinary time. It is an acrostic … Continue reading

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