Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals

Funeral Lectionary: Luke 12:35-40

Ready for the master’s return? Jesus said to his disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps   and be like servants   who await their master’s return from a wedding,   ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 103:8+10, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18

The 103rd Psalm is one of my favorites. There’s a lot packed into less than two dozen verses. Scripture scholars divide it into four parts. I’ve long thought it deserves an extended musical treatment. But I’m not yet the composer … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Luke 7:11-17

Jesus raises a widow’s son. Not as dramatic as Lazarus, but a significant healing: Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain,   and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of the … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: John 6:51-58

Here’s a good Catholic reading: Jesus said to the crowd: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven;   whoever eats this bread will live forever;   and the bread that I will give   is my flesh for … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: John 6:37-40

The context of John 6 will be clear later this summer as we take our triennial sojourn into what is known as the Bread of Life Discourse. Jesus feeds the multitudes (1-15). And it surely impressed the crowds, as they … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: John 11:32-45

Prior to this section in John’s Gospel is Jesus’ encounter with Martha of Bethany. In the option below, we read of the dramatic raising of her brother Lazarus. I’m surprised this passage isn’t selected more often. In fact, I cannot … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9

Many passages in Isaiah hint, suggest, or proclaim a universal salvation. This isn’t confined to the later “incarnations” of the Isaiah tradition post-Exile (chapter 40ff.). One of the most popular Old Testament passages for a funeral lays out a vision … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: John 11:17-27

The Gospel of John provides so many possibilities for the Christian funeral. If the mourning community likes a story, why not select excerpts from the raising of Lazarus? Today’s passage highlights the conversation of the Lord with Martha of Bethany. … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10

With the pivot of chapter 5, verse 1, this reading continues an exploration of the end we encountered in the other Second Corinthians reading for a funeral. We know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent,   should be destroyed, … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 2 Corinthians 4:14—5:1

Of all Paul’s letters, Second Corinthians is the most intimate, the most revealing of the man, and the most emotional in terms of what we see in the apostle’s trials and sufferings. Not unlike the human spirit encountering the death … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57

In the whole of 1 Corinthians 15, Saint Paul is less comforting the mourners and more trying to exhort the believers into a better expression of the Christian life. This passage we look at today is definitely aimed at the … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 15:20-24a, 25-28

The funeral Lectionary includes two passages from Saint Paul’s fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians. In this chapter, the apostle addresses the Christian belief in the Resurrection in three stages. First, he teaches on Christ (15:1-11). Next, he addresses the skepticism … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12

Except for the Psalms and John’s Gospel, Romans is represented in the funeral Lectionary more than any other book. Possibly because of the apostle’s clarity of theology and teaching. In chapter 14 of Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, the apostle … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Mark 15:33-39; 16:1-6

Mark’s account of Jesus’ death and resurrection is mashed together as one option for a funeral Gospel: At noon darkness came over the whole land   until three in the afternoon. And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 2 Timothy 2:8-13

Scripture scholars think there are ancient Christian hymns quoted, embedded, or otherwise utilized in the texts of the New Testament. One is in 2 Timothy’s contribution to the funeral Lectionary: Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,   a descendant … Continue reading

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