Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals

Funeral Lectionary: Sirach 41:1-4a

Sometimes death is a welcome relief from suffering. Dare we say it? Sometimes we do. And in church circles there may be some degree of trepidation mouthing that sentiment. We accept life from conception to natural death, do we not? … Continue reading

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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 18:9-12

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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