Standard lectionary summaries for funeral readings

Readings and summaries from Masses for the Dead; reference numbers from Lectionary for Ritual Masses IV; old lectionary numbers added in parentheses.

Reading I from the Old Testament

2 Maccabees 12:43-46: Our prayer for the dead assists in the expiation of sin. [1011-1 (789-7)]
Job 19:1, 23-27a: We trust that our Redeemer lives. [1011-2 (789-1)]
Wisdom 3:1-9: The just are at peace in God's hands. [1011-3 (789-2)]
Wisdom 4:7-15: Honor is not measured in terms of years. The just who die early will know God's rest. [1011-4 (789-3)]
Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9: The God who saves us will wipe the tears from every face. [1011-5 (789-4)]
Lamentations 3:17-26: The reason for our hope is that God's mercies are not exhausted. [1011-6 (789-5)]
Daniel 12:1-3: The wise will shine like the stars forever. [1011-7 (789-6)]
 

Reading I during the season of Easter

Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43: Forgiveness is available for all who believe in the name of Jesus. [1012-1 (790-1)]
Revelation 14:13: Those who die in the Lord are blessed, for their works go with them. [1012-2 (790-16)]
Revelation 20:11-21:1: John shares a vision of death, Hades, and a new heaven and earth. [1012-3 (790-17)]
Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7: John sees the holy city like a bride, the old order gone, and all things made new. [1012-4 (790-18)]
 

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 23:1-3, 4, 5-6: My shepherd is the Lord, and I want for nothing. [1013-1 (791-1)]
Psalm 25:6 and 7b, 17-18, 20-21: I lift my soul to the God whose kindness and compassion are ageless. [1013-2 (791-2)]
Psalm 27:1, 4, 7, 8b, 9a, 13-14: Whom should I fear? The Lord is my salvation. [1013-3 (792-3)]
Psalm 42:2, 3, 5cdef; 43:3, 4, 5: My soul thirsts for God like the deer yearns for running streams. [1013-4 (791-4)]
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9: You are my God, my help, and my soul clings to you. [1013-5 (791-5)]
Psalm 103:8 and 10, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18: God remembers we are dust, and is gracious and merciful. [1013-6 (791-6)]
Psalm 116:5, 6, 10-11, 15-16ac: Precious in God's eyes is the death of those who are faithful. [1013-7 (791-7 edited)]
Psalm 122:1-2, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9: We go rejoicing to the house of God. [1013-8 (791-8 edited)]
Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6ab, 6c-7, 8: Out of the depths I cry, counting on God's word. [1013-9 (791-9)]
Psalm 143:1-2, 5-6, 7ab and 8ab, 10: May God's good spirit guide me as I stretch out my hands to the Lord. [1013-10 (791-10)]
 

Reading II from the New Testament

Romans 5:5-11: Christ died for sinners; our hope will not be disappointed. [1014-1 (790-2)]
Romans 5:17-21: Sin rules in death, but grace also rules through Jesus our Lord. [1014-2 (790-3)]
Romans 6:3-9: If we die with Christ, we will also live with him. [1014-3 (790-4)]
Romans 8:14-23: Our suffering now cannot be compared with the glory to come.[ 1014-4 (790-5)]
Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39: What could separate us from the love of Christ? [1014-5 (790-6)]
Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12: Jesus is Lord of both the dead and the living. [1014-6 (790-7)]
1 Corinthians 15:20-28: Even death will be subjected to Christ the King. [1014-7 (790-8)]
1 Corinthians 15:51-57: Death has no victory--thanks be to God! [1014-8 (790-9)]
2 Corinthians 4:14-5:1: We fix our sights not on what is seen but what is unseen, an eternal dwelling to come. [1014-9]
2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10: We appear before the judgment of Christ with courage. [1014-10 (790-10)]
Philippians 3:20-21: We have our citizenship in heaven. [1014-11 (790-11)]
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18: Console each other with these words: We shall be with God forever. [1014-12 (790-12)]
2 Timothy 2:8-13: Trust this saying: If we have died with Christ, we will also live with him. [1014-13 (790-13)]
1 John 3:1-2: Beloved, we are God's children now, and we will see God face to face. [1014-14 (790-14)]
1 John 3:14-16: If we love, we will not remain in death. [1014-15 (790-15)]
 

Gospel

Matthew 5:1-12a: Blessed are the mourners for they will be comforted. [1016-1 (793-1)]
Matthew 11:25-30: All who are burdened will find rest in Christ. [1016-2 (793-2)]
Matthew 25:1-13: Stay awake, for the Bridegroom comes. [1016-3 (793-3)]
Matthew 25:31-46: Inherit the kingdom, you who took care of Christ in his needy ones. [1016-4 (793-4)]
Mark 15:33-39; 16:1-6: The crucified one is revealed as the Son of God. [1016-5 (793-5)]
Luke 7:11-17: Jesus raises up the dead son and gives him to his mother. [1016-6 (793-6)]
Luke 12:35-40: Be prepared for the hour of the Son of Man. [1016-7 (793-7)]
Luke 23:33, 39-43: Jesus remembers his own when he comes into his Kingdom. [1016-8 (793-8)]
Luke 23:44-46, 50, 52-53; 24:1-6a: Do not seek the living among the dead. [1016-9 (793-9)]
Luke 24:13-35: Jesus is known to his friends in the breaking of the bread. [1016-10 (793-10)]
John 5:24-29: The one who listens to Jesus will pass from death to life. [1016-11]
John 6:37-40: Jesus will not reject anyone who comes to him. [1016-12 (793-11)]
John 6:51-59: Whoever eats and drinks of the Son of Man will have life because of him. [1016-13 (793-12)]
John 11:17-27: We believe our brothers and sisters in Christ will rise on the last day. [1016-14 (793-13)]
John 11:32-45: Lazarus is called out of death to life. [1016-15 (793-14)]
John 12:23-28: A grain of wheat may fall and die, but it produces much fruit. [1016-16 (793-15)]
John 14:1-6: Do not be troubled, for Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. [1016-17 (793-16)]
John 17:24-26: Jesus loves his own with the love he has from his Father. [1016-18 (793-17)]
John 19:17-18, 25-39: Blood and water flows from Christ crucified as a sign of new and everlasting life. [1016-19]

 

Funerals For Baptized Children

Reading I from the Old Testament

Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9: The God who saves will wipe away every tear. [1017-1 (794-1)]
Lamentations 3:22-26: We hope for the saving help of our God. [1017-2 (794-2)]
 

Reading 1 during the Easter Season

Revelation 7:9-10, 15-17: The Lamb of God will shepherd and protect his own. [1018-1 (795-6)]
Revelation 21:1a, 3-5a: The old order is passed, and all things will be made new. [1018-2 (795-7)]
 

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 23:1-3, 4, 5-6: I want for nothing, for my shepherd is the Lord. [1013-1 (796-1)]
Psalm 25:4-5ab, 6, 7b, 20-21: God will rescue me with kindness and compassion. [1019-2 (796-2)]
Psalm 42:2, 3, 5cdef; 43:3, 4, 5: My hope is in God; when will I see God face to face? [1019-3 (796-3)]
Psalm 148:1-2, 11-13a, 13c-14: All praise God, whether rulers, judges, or children. [1019-4 (796-4)]
 

Reading II from the New Testament

Romans 6:3-4, 8-9: We share Christ's death so as to live in his new life. [1020-1 (795-1)]
Romans 14:7-9: Whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. [1020-2 (795-2)]
1 Corinthians 15:20-23: Those who belong to Christ will be raised up. [1020-3 (795-3)]
Ephesians 1:3-5: Before the world was made, we were chosen in Christ. [1020-4 (795-4)]
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, 18: Be consoled: through Jesus, those who sleep will come to God. [1020-5 (795-5)]
 

Gospel

Matthew 11:25-30: All who are burdened find rest in Jesus. [1022-1 (798-1)]
Mark 10:13-16: The Kingdom of God belongs to the children and those like them. [1022-2]
John 6:37-40: Jesus rejects no one who comes to him. [1022-3 (798-2)]
John 6:51-58: Whoever eats the bread of life will live forever. (For a child who has already received the Eucharist) [1022-4 (798-3)]
John 11:32-38, 40: Jesus promises that all who believe will see the glory of God. [1022-5 (798-4)]
John 19:25-30: The crucified one surrenders his spirit in confidence. [1022-6]
 
 

Funerals for children who died before Baptism

Reading I from the Old Testament

Isaiah 25:6a, 7-8: God will wipe away every tear and destroy death forever. [1023-1 (799-1)]
Lamentations 3:22-26: We hope in God whose mercies are renewed every morning. [1023-2 (799-2 edited)]
 

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 25:4-5ab, 6, 7b, 17, 20: God will preserve my life in mercy and kindness. [1024 (799)]
 

Gospel

Matthew 11:25-30: Jesus will give rest to the weary and burdened. [1026-1]
Mark 15:33-46: The crucified one is revealed as the Son of God. [1026-2 (799)]
John 19:25-30: Jesus surrenders his spirit to the Father he trusts. [1026-3]