Picking up on yesterday’s post, the OCF underscores the importance of readings from Scripture, and also who proclaims these texts:
23. In the celebration of the liturgy of the word at the funeral liturgy, the biblical readings may not be replaced by nonbiblical readings. But during prayer services with the family nonbiblical readings may be used in addition to readings from Scripture.
My reading of this is that non-biblical readings may not be used at either the Vigil or the Committal rites. However, for the Office of Readings we know readings from the saints and other spiritual sources are within bounds. Rarely have I heard of a request for readings from outside the Bible, though sometimes at the sharing portion of the Vigil or at a funeral eulogy, I’ve noted quotes from literary (and less literary) sources.
24. Liturgical tradition assigns the proclamation of the readings in the celebration of the liturgy of the word to readers and the deacon. The presiding minister proclaims the readings only when there are no assisting ministers present. Those designated to proclaim the word of God should prepare themselves to exercise this ministry. (Lectionary for Mass (1981), General Introduction, nos. 49, 52, and 55)
How does your parish handle this ministry? In some places I’ve served, generally only trained lectors proclaim the Scripture at Mass. In others, the role is usually left to family members. My own personal leaning would be to the former option, but leaving open the possibility of the second given a willingness to prepare and practice.