Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals

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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