Funeral

Suggested Old Testament Readings for Funerals

Reading 1 - A reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes 3.1-11

There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven:

A time for giving birth, a time for dying;
a time for planting, a time for uprooting what has been planted.
A time for killing, a time for healing;
a time for knocking down, a time for building.
A time for tears, a time for laughter;
a time for mourning, a time for dancing.
A time for throwing stones away, a time for gathering them;
a time for embracing, a time to refrain from embracing.
A time for searching, a time for losing;
a time for keeping, a time for discarding.
A time for tearing, a time for sewing;
a time for keeping silent, a time for speaking.
A time for loving, a time for hating;
a time for war, a time for peace.
What do people gain from the efforts they make? I contemplate the task that God gives humanity to labour at.11All that he does is apt for its time; but although he has given us an awareness of the passage of time, we can grasp neither the beginning nor the end of what God does.

This is the word of the Lord

Reading 2 - A reading from the prophet Isaiah. 25.6-9

On this mountain, for all peoples, God is preparing a banquet of rich food. On this mountain, he has destroyed the veil which used to conceal all peoples, the dark cloud enveloping all nations; he has destroyed death for ever. Lord God has wiped away the tears from every cheek; he has taken his people’s shame away everywhere on earth, for God has spoken. And on that day, it will be said, ‘Look, this is our God, in him we put our hope that he should save us, this is God, we put our hope in him. Let us exult and rejoice since he has saved us.’

This is the word of the Lord.

Reading 3 - A reading from the Book of Job 19.1.23-27

Then Job answered and said:
Oh, would that my words were written down!
Would that they were inscribed in a record:
That with an iron chisel and with engraving tool cut in the rock forever!
But as for me, I know that my Vindicator lives,
and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust;
Whom I myself shall see:
my own eyes, not another’s, shall behold him,
And from my flesh I shall see God;
my inmost being is consumed with longing.

This is the word of the Lord

Reading 4 - A reading from the book of Lamentations 3.22-26

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is thy faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.

This the word of the Lord

Reading 5 - A reading from the book of Proverbs 10:6-14

Blessings are on the head of the upright, but the mouth of the godless is a cover for violence. The upright is remembered with blessings, the name of the wicked rots away. The wise of heart takes orders, but a gabbling fool heads for ruin. Anyone whose ways are honourable walks secure, but whoever follows crooked ways is soon unmasked. A wink of the eye brings trouble, a bold rebuke brings peace. The mouth of the upright is a life–giving fountain, but the mouth of the godless is a cover for violence. Hatred provokes disputes, but love excuses all offences. On the lips of the discerning is found wisdom, on the back of a fool, the stick. Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool makes ruin imminent.

This is the word of the Lord

Reading 6 - A reading from the Book of Wisdom 3:1-9

But the souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, and no torment can touch them. To the unenlightened, they appeared to die, their departure was regarded as disaster, their leaving us like annihilation; but they are at peace. If, as it seemed to us, they suffered punishment, their hope was rich with immortality; slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be. God was putting them to the test and has proved them worthy to be with him; he has tested them like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a perfect burnt offering. At their time of visitation, they will shine out; as sparks run through the stubble, so will they. They will judge nations, rule over peoples, and the Lord will be their king forever. Those who trust in him will understand the truth, those who are faithful will live with him in love; for grace and mercy await his holy ones, and he intervenes on behalf of his chosen.

This is the word of the Lord

Reading 7 - A reading from the Book of Wisdom 3:1-3

But the souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, and no torment can touch them. To the unenlightened, they appeared to die, their departure was regarded as disaster, their leaving us like annihilation; but they are at peace. If, as it seemed to us, they suffered punishment, their hope was rich with immortality; slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be.

This is the word of the Lord

Reading 8 - A reading from the book of Wisdom 4:7-15

The upright, though he die before his time, will find rest. Length of days is not what makes age honourable, nor number of years the true measure of life; understanding, this is grey hairs, untarnished life, this is ripe old age. Having won God’s favour, he has been loved and, as he was living among sinners, has been taken away. He has been carried off so that evil may not warp his understanding or deceitfulness seduce his soul; for the fascination of evil throws good things into the shade, and the whirlwind of desire corrupts a simple heart. Having come to perfection so soon, he has lived long; his soul being pleasing to the Lord, he has hurried away from the wickedness around him. Yet people look on, uncomprehending; and it does not enter their heads that grace and mercy await his chosen ones and that he intervenes on behalf of his holy ones.

This is the word of the Lord

 

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Suggested New Testament Readings For Funerals

Reading 1 - A reading from the first letter of St John 4.7-12

A reading from the first letter of St John 4.7-12

My dear friends, let us love one another, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever fails to love does not know God, because God is love. This is the revelation of God’s love for us, that God sent his only Son into the world that we might have life through him. Love consists in this: it is not we who loved God, but God loved us and sent his Son to atone our sins. My dear friends, if God loved us so much, we too should love one another. No one has ever seen God, but as long as we love one another God remains in us and his love comes to its perfection in us.
This is the word of the Lord

Reading 2 - A reading from the first letter of St John 3.1-2

A reading from the first letter of St John  3.1-2

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of
God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
This is the word of the Lord

Reading 3 - A reading from the 1st letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians. 5.1-6, 9-11

A reading from the 1st letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians. 5.1-6, 9-11

I don’t need to write you about the time or date when all this will happen.2You surely know that the Lord’s return will be as a thief coming at night. People will think they are safe and secure. But destruction will suddenly strike them like the pains of a woman about to give birth. And they won’t escape.
My dear friends, you don’t live in darkness, and so that day won’t surprise you like a thief. You belong to the light and live in the day. We don’t live in the night or belong to the dark. Others may sleep, but we should stay awake and be alert. God doesn’t intend to punish us, but wants us to be saved by our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ died for us, so that we could live with him, whether we are alive or dead when he comes. That’s why you must encourage and help each other, just as you are already doing.
This is the word of the Lord

Reading 4 - A reading from the First letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 15.51-57

A reading from the First letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 15.51-57

Now I am going to tell you a mystery: we are not all going to fall asleep, but we are all going to be changed, instantly, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet sounds. The trumpet is going to sound, and then the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed, because this perishable nature of ours must put on imperishability, this mortal nature must put on immortality.
And after this perishable nature has put on imperishability and this mortal nature has put on immortality, then will the words of scripture come true: Death is swallowed up in victory.
Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin comes from the Law. Thank God, then, for giving us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This is the word of the Lord

Reading 5 - A reading from the First letter of St Paul to the Corinthian 15:20-28.

A reading from the First letter of St Paul to the Corinthian

Christ has been raised from the dead, as the first–fruits of all who have fallen asleep. As it was by one man that death came, so through one man has come the resurrection of the dead. Just as all die in Adam, so in Christ all will be brought to life; but all of them in their proper order: Christ the first–fruits, and next, at his coming, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he will hand over the kingdom to God the Father, having abolished every principality, every ruling force and power. For he is to be king until he has made his enemies his footstool, and the last of the enemies to be done away with is death, for he has put all things under his feet. But when it is said everything is subjected, this obviously cannot include the One who subjected everything to him. When everything has been subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subjected to the One who has subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.
This is the word of the Lord

Reading 6 - A reading from the First letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians 4.13-18

A reading from the First letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians

We want you to be quite certain, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, to make
sure that you do not grieve for them, as others do who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that in the same way God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. We can tell you this from the Lord’s own teaching, that we who are still alive for the Lord’s coming will not have any advantage over those who have fallen asleep. At the signal given by the voice of the Archangel and the trumpet of God, the Lord himself will come down from heaven; those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and only after that shall we who remain alive be taken up in the clouds, together with them, to meet the Lord in the air. This is the way we shall be with the Lord forever. With such thoughts as these, then, you should encourage one another.
This is the word of the Lord

Reading 7 - A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 15.20-28

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians

He who raised up the Lord Jesus will raise us up with Jesus in our turn, and bring us to himself—and you as well. You see, everything is for your benefit, so that as grace spreads, so, to the glory of God, thanksgiving may also overflow among more and more people. That is why we do not waver; indeed, though this outer human nature of ours may be falling into decay, at the same time our inner human nature is renewed day by day. The temporary, light burden of our hardships is earning us for ever an utterly incomparable, eternal weight of glory, since what we aim for is not visible but invisible. Visible things are transitory, but invisible things eternal.
For we are well aware that when the tent that houses us on earth is folded up, there is a house for us from God, not made by human hands but everlasting, in the heavens.

This is the word of the Lord

Reading 8 - A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 5.1.6-10

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Corinthians

We know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

This is the word of the Lord

Reading 9 - A reading from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy 4:6-8

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy

For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of justice, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

This is the word of the Lord

Reading 10 - A reading from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy 2.8-13

A reading from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.

This is the word of the Lord

Reading 11 - A reading from the 2nd letter of St Paul to Timothy 4:6-8

A reading from the 2nd letter of St Paul to Timothy

As for me, my life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to depart. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come for me now is the crown of uprightness which the Lord, the upright judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his appearing.

This is the word of the Lord

Reading 12 - A reading from the book of Revelation 21:1-7

A reading from the book of Revelation

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them as their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.”
The one who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then he said, “Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.” He said to me, “They are accomplished. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give a gift from the spring of life-giving water. The victor will inherit these gifts, and I shall be his God, and he will be my son.

This is the Word of the Lord

Reading 13 - A reading from the letter to the Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12

A reading from the letter to the Ephesians

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.
In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.

This is the word of the Lord

Reading 14 - A reading from the First letter of St John 3.1-2

A reading from the First letter of St John

You must see what great love the Father has lavished on us by letting us be called God’s children—which is what we are! The reason why the world does not acknowledge us is that it did not acknowledge him. My dear friends, we are already God’s children, but what we shall be in the future has not yet been revealed. We are well aware that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he really is.

This is the word of the Lord

Reading 15 - A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians. 3.20-21

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians

But we are citizens of heaven and are eagerly waiting for our Saviour to come from there. Our Lord Jesus Christ has power over everything, and he will make these poor bodies of ours like his own glorious body.

This is the word of the Lord.

Reading 16 - A reading from the Book of Revelation 14.13

A reading from the Book of Revelation

I, John, heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this down: Happy are those who die in the Lord, Happy indeed, the spirit says; now they can rest for ever after their work, since their good works go with them.”

This is the Word of the Lord

Reading 17 - A reading from the letter of St Paul to Romans. 5.5-11

A reading from the letter of St Paul to Romans

A reading from the letter of St Paul to Romans. 5.5-11

Hope which will not let us down, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. When we were still helpless, at the appointed time, Christ died for sinful man. You could hardly find anyone ready to die even for someone upright; though it is just possible that, for a really good person, someone might undertake to die. So it is proof of God’s own love for us, that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. How much more can we be sure, therefore, that, now that we have been justified by his death, we shall be saved through him from the retribution of God. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more can we be sure that, being now reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. What is more, we are filled with exultant trust in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have already gained our reconciliation.

This is the word of the Lord.

Reading 18 - A reading from the letter of St Paul to Romans. 5.17-21

A reading from the letter of St Paul to Romans. 5.17-21

For if, by the transgression of one person, death came to reign through that one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of justification come to reign in life through the one person Jesus Christ. In conclusion, just as through one transgression condemnation came upon all, so through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all. For just as through the disobedience of one person the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one the many will be made righteous. The law entered in so that transgression might increase but, where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through justification for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is the word of the Lord.

Reading 19 - A reading from the letter of St Paul to Romans. 6.3-9

A reading from the letter of St Paul to Romans. 6.3-9

When we were baptized into Christ Jesus, were baptized into his death. So by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we too should begin living a new life.
If we have been joined to him by dying a death like his, so we shall be by a resurrection like his; realizing that our former selves were crucified with him, so that the sinful body which belonged to sin should be destroyed and we should be freed from the slavery of sin. Someone who has died, of course, no longer has to answer for sin.
But we believe that, if we died with Christ, then we shall live with him too. We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again. Death has no power over him any more.

This is the word of the Lord.

Reading 20 - A reading from the letter of St Paul to Romans. 8.31-39

A reading from the letter of St Paul to Romans. 8.31-39

After saying this, what can we add? If God is for us, who can be against us? Since he did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for the sake of all of us, then can we not expect that with him he will freely give us all his gifts? Who can bring any accusation against those that God has chosen? When God grants saving justice who can condemn? Are we not sure that it is Christ Jesus, who died—yes and more, who was raised from the dead and is at God’s right hand—and who is adding his plea for us? Can anything cut us off from the love of Christ—can hardships or distress, or persecution, or lack of food and clothing, or threats or violence; No; we come through all these things triumphantly victorious, by the power of him who loved us. For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nothing already in existence and nothing still to come, nor any power, nor the heights nor the depths, nor any created thing whatever, will be able to come between us and the love of God, known to us in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is the word of the Lord.

Reading 21 - A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans. 14.7

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans. 14.7

For none of us lives for himself and none of us dies for himself; while we are alive, we are living for the Lord, and when we die, we die for the Lord: and so, alive or dead, we belong to the Lord. It was for this purpose that Christ both died and came to life again: so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. All of us will have to stand in front of the judgement–seat of God: as scripture says: By my own life says the Lord, every knee shall bow before me, every tongue shall give glory to God. It is to God, then, that each of us will have to give an account of himself.

This is the word of the Lord.

 

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Suggested Gospels for Funerals

Gospel 1

Alleluia Alleluia!

“My father has blessed you! Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world was created.

Alleluia

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John                           19:16-18,25-30.

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).  There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”  A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.  When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 2

Alleluia Alleluia!

My Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I am grateful that you hid all this from wise and educated people and showed it to ordinary people.

Alleluia

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me; I will certainly not turn anyone away who comes to me, because I have come from heaven, not to do my own will, but to do the will of him who sent me. Now the will of him who sent me is that I should lose nothing of all that he has given to me, but that I should raise it up on the last day. It is my Father’s will that whoever sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and that I should raise that person up on the last day.

This is the gospel of the Lord

Gospel 3

Alleluia Alleluia!

God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.

Alleluia

A reading from the holy gospel according to John. 6.51-58
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus said to them, "I tell you truly, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever."

This is the gospel of the Lord.

Gospel 4

Alleluia Alleluia!

I am that bread from heaven! Everyone who eats it will live forever. My flesh is the life-giving bread that I give to the people of this world.

Alleluia

A reading from the holy gospel according to John 11.17-27

On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already. Bethany is only about two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming she went to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died, but even now I know that God will grant whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said, ‘I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said: I am the resurrection. Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? ‘Yes, Lord,’ she said, ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel 5

Lent:
Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!
Now is the favourable time:
this is the day of salvation.
Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

A reading from the holy gospel according to John

Jesus said to his disciples, "Do not let your hearts be troubled! Have faith in God and have faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house. I wouldn't tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together. You know the way to where I am going."
Thomas said, "Lord, we don't even know where you are going! How can we know the way?"
"I am the way, the truth, and the life!" Jesus answered. "Without me, no one can go to the Father.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 6

Alleluia Alleluia!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Alleluia

A reading from the holy gospel according to John

Jesus said to his disciples, "Do not let your hearts be troubled! Have faith in God and have faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father's house. I wouldn't tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together. You know the way to where I am going."
Thomas said, "Lord, we don't even know where you are going! How can we know the way?"
"I am the way, the truth, and the life!" Jesus answered. "Without me, no one can go to the Father.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 7

Alleluia Alleluia!
Happy are those who hear the word, and keep it.
Alleluia

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel 8

Alleluia Alleluia!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Alleluia

A reading from the holy gospel according to John

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother* and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 9

Alleluia Alleluia!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Alleluia

A reading from the holy gospel according to John

Jesus' mother stood beside his cross with her sister and Mary the wife of Clopas. Mary Magdalene was standing there too. When Jesus saw his mother and his favourite disciple with her, he said to his mother, "This man is now your son." Then he said to the disciple, "She is now your mother." From then on, that disciple took her into his own home.

Jesus knew that he had now finished his work. And in order to make the Scriptures come true, he said, "I am thirsty!" A jar of wine was there. Someone then soaked a sponge with the wine and held it up to Jesus' mouth on the stem of a hyssop plant. After Jesus drank the wine, he said, "Everything is done!" He bowed his head and died.

This is the gospel of the Lord.

Gospel 10

Alleluia Alleluia!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Alleluia

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.

When they reached the place called The Skull, there they crucified him and the two criminals, one on his right, the other on his left.
When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left.
Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel 11

Lent:

Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!
A pure heart create for me, O God,
and give me again the joy of your help.
Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

A reading from the Gospel according to Luke 23.44-45, 24.1-6

44It was now about the sixth hour and the sun’s light failed, so that darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.45The veil of the Sanctuary was torn right down the middle.46Jesus cried out in a loud voice saying, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ With these words he breathed his last.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 12

Alleluia Alleluia!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Alleluia

A reading from the Gospel according to Luke 23.44-45, 50-56, 24.1-6
44It was now about the sixth hour and the sun’s light failed, so that darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.45The veil of the Sanctuary was torn right down the middle.46Jesus cried out in a loud voice saying, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ With these words he breathed his last.

50And now a member of the Council arrived, a good and upright man named Joseph.51He had not consented to what the others had planned and carried out. He came from Arimathaea, a Jewish town, and he lived in the hope of seeing the kingdom of God.52This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.53He then took it down, wrapped it in a shroud and put it in a tomb which was hewn in stone and which had never held a body.54It was Preparation day and the Sabbath was beginning to grow light.55Meanwhile the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus were following behind. They took note of the tomb and how the body had been laid.56Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. And on the Sabbath day they rested, as the Law required.
On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, they went to the tomb with the spices they had prepared.2They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb,3but on entering they could not find the body of the Lord Jesus.4As they stood there puzzled about this, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side.5Terrified, the women bowed their heads to the ground. But the two said to them, ‘Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? 6He is not here; he has risen.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 13

Alleluia Alleluia!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Alleluia

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

When the soldiers came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified Jesus, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[f]"
Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 14

Alleluia Alleluia!
“My father has blessed you! Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world was created.
Alleluia

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

When the sixth hour came there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ When some of those who stood by heard this, they said, ‘Listen, he is calling on Elijah.’ Someone ran and soaked a sponge in vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink saying, ‘Wait! And see if Elijah will come to take him down.’ But Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the veil of the Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The centurion, who was standing in front of him, had seen how he had died, and he said, ‘In truth this man was Son of God.’ When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices with which to go and anoint him. And very early in the morning on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 15

Alleluia Alleluia!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Alleluia

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

When the sixth hour came there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ When some of those who stood by heard this, they said, ‘Listen, he is calling on Elijah.’ Someone ran and soaked a sponge in vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink saying, ‘Wait! And see if Elijah will come to take him down.’ But Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the veil of the Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The centurion, who was standing in front of him, had seen how he had died, and he said, ‘In truth this man was Son of God.’ When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices with which to go and anoint him. And very early in the morning on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ But when they looked they saw that the stone—which was very big—had already been rolled back. On entering the tomb they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right–hand side, and they were struck with amazement. But he said to them, ‘There is no need to be so amazed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he has risen.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 16

Lent:

Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Glory to you, O Christ, you are the Word of God!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices with which to go and anoint him. And very early in the morning on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ But when they looked they saw that the stone—which was very big—had already been rolled back. On entering the tomb they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right–hand side, and they were struck with amazement. But he said to them, ‘There is no need to be so amazed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he has risen.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 17

Alleluia Alleluia!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Alleluia

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices with which to go and anoint him. And very early in the morning on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. They had been saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?’ But when they looked they saw that the stone—which was very big—had already been rolled back. On entering the tomb they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right–hand side, and they were struck with amazement. But he said to them, ‘There is no need to be so amazed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he has risen.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 18

Alleluia Alleluia!
Happy are those who hear the word, and keep it.
Alleluia

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew

At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants;
yes, Father, for such was your good will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 19

Alleluia Alleluia!
“My father has blessed you! Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world was created.
Alleluia

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew

Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 20

Alleluia Alleluia!
“My father has blessed you! Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world was created.
Alleluia

A reading from the gospel according to Matthew

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks,* and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 21

Alleluia Alleluia!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Alleluia

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
When they had reached a place called Golgotha, that is, the place of the skull,34they gave him wine to drink mixed with gall, which he tasted but refused to drink.35When they had finished crucifying him they shared out his clothing by casting lots,36and then sat down and stayed there keeping guard over him.37Above his head was placed the charge against him; it read: ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’38Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.
From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.46And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ 47When some of those who stood there heard this, they said, ‘The man is calling on Elijah,’48and one of them quickly ran to get a sponge which he filled with vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it him to drink.49But the rest of them said, ‘Wait! And see if Elijah will come to save him.’50But Jesus, again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit.51And suddenly, the veil of the Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth quaked, the rocks were split,52the tombs opened and the bodies of many holy people rose from the dead,53and these, after his resurrection, came out of the tombs, entered the holy city and appeared to a number of people.54The centurion, together with the others guarding Jesus, had seen the earthquake and all that was taking place, and they were terrified and said, ‘In truth this man was son of God.’55And many women were there, watching from a distance, the same women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and looked after him.56Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Gospel 22

Alleluia Alleluia!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Alleluia

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew 27.45

45From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.46And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ 47When some of those who stood there heard this, they said, ‘The man is calling on Elijah,’48and one of them quickly ran to get a sponge which he filled with vinegar and, putting it on a reed, gave it him to drink.49But the rest of them said, ‘Wait! And see if Elijah will come to save him.’50But Jesus, again crying out in a loud voice, yielded up his spirit.51And suddenly, the veil of the Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth quaked, the rocks were split, 52the tombs opened and the bodies of many holy people rose from the dead,53and these, after his resurrection, came out of the tombs, entered the holy city and appeared to a number of people.54The centurion, together with the others guarding Jesus, had seen the earthquake and all that was taking place, and they were terrified and said, ‘In truth this man was son of God.’55And many women were there, watching from a distance, the same women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and looked after him.56Among them were Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

The burial
57When it was evening, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, called Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.58This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be handed over.59So Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean shroud60and put it in his own new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a large stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away. 28After the Sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre.2And suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it.3His face was like lightning, his robe white as snow.4The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they were like dead men.5But the angel spoke; and he said to the women, ‘There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.6He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay,7then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has risen from the dead and now he is going ahead of you to Galilee; that is where you will see him.” Look! I have told you.’8Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel 23

Alleluia Alleluia!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Alleluia

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew

After the Sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre.2And suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it.3His face was like lightning, his robe white as snow.4The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they were like dead men.5But the angel spoke; and he said to the women, ‘There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.6He is not here, for he has risen.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel 24

Alleluia Alleluia!
I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord:
whoever believes in me will never die
Alleluia

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew

After the Sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre.2And suddenly there was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it.3His face was like lightning, his robe white as snow.4The guards were so shaken by fear of him that they were like dead men.5But the angel spoke; and he said to the women, ‘There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.6He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay,7then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has risen from the dead and now he is going ahead of you to Galilee; that is where you will see him.” Look! I have told you.’8Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 

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Prayers of the Faithful

Prayers of the Faithful 1

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL 1

Choose four or six of the following.

  1. Let us pray for N. In baptism he/she died with Christ, may he/she now share in the fullness of his resurrection. Let us pray to the Lord.
  2. God is full of mercy and compassion. May he forgive N. any sins he/she committed through human frailty. Let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For the sorrowing family, relatives and friends of N., that you may find strength and consolation in your Christian faith and in the love and support of this community. Let us pray to the Lord.
  4. We pray for those who mourn N’s death (especially ….); that you may find strength and consolation in the hope we have through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Let us pray to the Lord.
  5. God of all consolation, help us to comfort one another in our grief, finding light in time of darkness, and faith in time of doubt. Let us pray to the Lord.
  6. We pray for all those we have loved and have died. Lord give them the reward of their goodness. Let us pray to the Lord. Let us pray to the Lord.
  7. We pray for those who care for the sick and dying, especially those who cared for N. during his/her illness. Let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For all parents who grieve over the death of their children; that they may be comforted in the knowledge that they rest in God. Let us pray to the Lord.
  9. May the prayers of Mary, the Mother of God, who stood by the cross as her son was dying, help those who mourn and be with all of us in our time of need. Let us pray to the Lord.
  10. We pray for those here today, that our memory of N. whom we loved inspire us with a renewed love for all our sisters and brothers. Let us pray to the Lord.
  11. We pray for all of us here today and for all members of our Church; that we may be prepared for the hour of our death, when God will call us by name, to pass from this world to the next. Let us pray to the Lord.
  12. Let us pray for (N) our Holy Father (N) our Bishop and all those who proclaim the consolation of Christ’s death and resurrection to families and communities in sorrow. Increase their faith and make them bearers of lasting and meaningful hope. Let us pray to the Lord.
  13. You knew that your death, O Jesus would mean suffering for your friends; give us the courage to follow God’s way through the mystery of pain throughout the world. Let us pray to the Lord.
  14. O God You promised eternal life to all who follow your way; raise up all who have died. We pray especially for N in gratitude for her/his life in family and those with whom she/he came in contact. Let us pray to the Lord.
  15. Now that N has come to the end of her/his earthly journey, may Christ give her/him a place at the banquet of the kingdom of heaven. Let us pray to the Lord.
  16. We pray for N who leaves us in death, that God will bring her/him safely home and share with her/him the joys of the Kingdom of light, happiness and peace. Let us pray to the Lord.
  17. We pray for all who mourn N; they may be assured of Christ’s closeness to them in their sorrow and find strength and comfort through their faith in Jesus our risen Saviour Let us pray to the Lord.
  18. Let us pray that the emptiness of our lives may be gradually filled with peace and hope which Christ’s Resurrection gives to each of us, we pray. Let us pray to the Lord.

19  As we reflect on the contribution of N to her/his family, friends and the wider community let us remember her/him with affection. May we strive for perfection in the service of Christ, his Church and the community in general. Let us pray to the Lord.

  1.  We pray for N, that God the Father will lead home and share with her/him the joys of the Kingdom – light, happiness and peace. Let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For the deceased members of the (N) Family God our Father, you have gathered us all into the family of your love. We pray for the deceased members of the (N) family (or (N) and (N) families). We remember especially her/his deceased parents (N) sons and daughters (N) brothers and sisters (N) others (N) May the light of Christ shine on them. Let us pray to the Lord.
  3. Let us pray in thanksgiving for those who tended to N her/his illness; (Doctors, nurses, medical staff, carers, home help personnel); Lord we thank you for the gifts you have given them and ask you to bless them. Let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For all of us gathered here: that we may remember at all times, but especially in times of trouble and anxiety, that we are loved by You, God and that You will take care of us. Let us pray to the Lord.
  5. Let us pray for those who cannot be here today, especially N. We present to the Lord their grieving, their mourning and their desire to be here. Let us pray to the Lord.
  6. As we pray for N let us remember all the deceased, those we have loved and cherished; all the dead of this parish; those who died recently and all those who have no one remember them. May you, O God, welcome them into the radiant light of your presence. Let us pray to the Lord.

 

 

Prayers of the Faithful 2

1. In Baptism N was given the promise of eternal life. May she/he now be admitted to the company to the company of the saints. Let us pray to the Lord.
2. For the Family of N: in these challenging and dark days they may be sustained by their faith, and by the knowledge that they will be united with N one day in God’s heavenly kingdom. Let us pray to the Lord.
3. For all here present: for your help and strength over the last few days that our remembrance of N may be a source of comfort and strength to us. Let us pray to the Lord.
4. The gift of life, which we all share, is very precious. Lord, make us more aware of the gifts and talents that you have given us, especially those that we often take for granted. May we use them to make the world a better place. Let us pray to the Lord.
5. We pray for the tremendous medical teams and nursing staff in , That took such good care of N in the last day of his life. Let us pray to the Lord.
6. N. has finally reached the shore of eternity: now that all his/her earthly tasks are complete, may he /she enjoy rest from all his/her labours. Let us pray to the Lord.
7. N fought the good fight: he /she finished the race: he /she kept the faith: may he /she now receive form Christ the crown of eternal glory which he won for us with his death and Resurrection. Let us pray to the Lord.
8. That the hardship and suffering N. endured in this life may gain for her/ him full remission for their sins. Let us pray to the Lord.
9. For those that morn over his/her death: that through their faith in Christ their sorrow may soon be eased. Let us pray to the Lord.
10. For all those that cared for N. in their old age: that the Lord may reward them for their kindness and patience. Let us pray to the Lord.
11. For all those that knew and loved N. that they may draw inspiration from his/her life. Let us pray to the Lord.
12. N shared in the passion of Christ: may he/she now share in his risen glory. Let us pray to the Lord.
13. May the suffering by which N was experienced, purify him/her from all stain of sin. Let us pray to the Lord.
14. For those who mourn N death: that they may be comforted by the knowledge that, after all his pain he is now at peace. Let us pray to the Lord. Let us pray to the Lord.
15. For those that work for the sick and suffering particularly the staff of the N Hospital, that they may have a kind heart and gentle hand. Let us pray to the Lord. Let us pray to the Lord.
16. For all that suffer: that they may bear their pain with Christ like love and patience. Let us pray to the Lord.
17. For all here present; that they may remember that we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory which is waiting for us in the next life. Let us pray to the Lord.
18. In baptism N. received the light of Christ. Scatter the darkness now and lead him/her over the waters of death. Let us pray to the Lord.
19. Our brother N. was nourished at the table of the Saviour. Welcome him/her into the halls of the heavenly banquet. Let us pray to the Lord.
20. Many friends and members of our families have gone before us and await the kingdom. Grant them an everlasting home with your Son. Let us pray to the Lord.
21. Many people die by violence, war, and famine each day. Show your mercy to those who suffer so unjustly these sins against your love, and gather them to the eternal kingdom of peace. Let us pray to the Lord.
22. Those who trusted in the Lord now sleep in the Lord. Give refreshment, rest, and peace to all whose faith is known to you alone. Let us pray to the Lord.
23. The family and friends of N. seek comfort and consolation. Heal their pain and dispel the darkness and doubt that come from grief. Let us pray to the Lord.
24. We are assembled here in faith and confidence to pray for our brother/sister N. Strengthen our hope so that we may live in the expectation of your Son’s coming. Let us pray to the Lord.
25. For our brother/sister who ate the body of Christ, the bread of life, that he/she may be raised up on the last day. Let us pray to the Lord.
26. For our deceased relatives and friends and for all who have helped us, that they may have the reward of their goodness. Let us pray to the Lord.
27. For those who have fallen asleep in the hope of rising again, that they may see God face to face. Let us pray to the Lord.
28. For the family and friends of our brother/sister N., that they may be consoled in their grief by the Lord, who wept at the death of his friend Lazarus. Let us pray to the Lord.
29. For all of us assembled here to worship in faith, that we may be gathered together again in God’s kingdom. Let us pray to the Lord.