New Testament Readings For The Funeral Mass.

New Testament Readings

(Choose one New Testament Reading)

A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans, (14:7-12)

The life and death of each one of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord; if we die’ we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life, it was so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

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A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

We want you to be quite certain about those who have died, to make sure that you do not grieve about them, like the other people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus: God will bring them with him. With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another.

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A reading from the first letter of St. John (3:1-2)

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children: and that is what we are. Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us. My dear people we are already the children of God, but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.

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A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans, (8: 16-23)

I think that what we suffer in life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us. From the beginning till ow the entire creation, as we know it, has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, bul all of us who possess the first-fruits of the spirit, we too groan inwardly for out bodies to be set free.

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A reading from the second letter of St. Paul to Timothy

As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I  have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

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A reading from the book of Revelation

I, John heard a voice from Heaven say to me, “Write 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 deeds go with them.”

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