Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals

Funeral Lectionary: Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7

Of the three Revelation passages given for funerals, this is the one chosen most often: I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away,   and the sea was no … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Revelation 20:11—21:1

The funeral Lectionary offers three official passages from the book of Revelation. That very short passage about dead believers finding rest in Christ. One on the New Heaven and New Earth (Rev 21:1-8). And today’s on the Last Judgment (Rev … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 1 John 3:1-2

Is this reading familiar? If you went to Mass yesterday, it should be: See what love the Father has bestowed on us   that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.   The reason the … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Luke 24:13-35

The account of the two disciples encountering the Lord on the road to Emmaus is rich and much loved. I tend to think of it more as a metaphor for the Eucharistic liturgy, an exploration by the early disciples of … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: John 19:17-18, 25-29

A portion of the Passion from John’s Gospel is an option for funerals. Here’s the text: Jesus carrying the cross himself   went out to what is called the Place of the Skull,   in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 116:5, 6, 10-11, 15-16ac

Since Psalm 116 appears in the Holy Thursday Lectionary, I thought it appropriate to offer a post on it today. With an Alleluia refrain or this one based on verse 9: I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 42:2, 3, 5cdef; Psalm 43:3, 4, 5

Another Easter Vigil Scripture, though one you may not hear (or sing) unless your parish is bold enough to do all seven Old Testament readings. This merging of Psalms 42 and 43 followes the reading from Ezekiel 36. If it’s … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Romans 6:3-9

A frequent choice for funerals is the Easter Vigil reading from Romans: Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus   were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,   … Continue reading

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Italian Catholics Get OCF 2

I’m surprised that the Italians have had to wait forty years for a second edition of the funeral rites. What are listed at the link as innovations: a home visit, closing the coffin, texts for different situations of the deceased, … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Romans 8:14-23

Toward the end of Saint Paul’s “Gospel of Hope” (Romans chapters 5 through 8) another very appropriate passage for the funeral liturgy: Those who are led by the Spirit of God   are children of God. For you did not … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Romans 5:17-21

Continuing with Saint Paul’s Gospel of Hope (Romans 5-8), the Church gives us the second half of a comparison of two traditions. It’s not explicit in just this pericope, but the “one person” is Adam (See Romans 5:12-16). Or the joint transgression … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Romans 5:5-11

Paul offers a stellar treatment of hope in chapters 5 through 8 of his letter to the Romans. Last week, we looked at the concluding message of this “Gospel of hope.” With today’s passage, this theme is set up for … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39

Of the Church’s many New Testament choices for funerals, six from from Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans. And of those, five are contained in four central chapters 5 through 8. Is this significant? The Scripture scholar Brendan Byrne SJ … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6ab, 6c-7, 8

This is one of the three common psalms for Lent. I think this text is quite fitting for a funeral, but in my midwestern Catholic experience, it is rarely requested. It appears in today’s Lectionary in most places, so I thought … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Lamentations 3:17-26

One great expression of hope gets set up by a strong lament. Are you willing to engage the feeling of lament and grief so directly at the funeral? If so, here might be your reading: My soul is deprived of … Continue reading

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