Old Testament Readings For Funeral Mass

Old Testament Readings

(Choose one Old Testament  reading )

1. A reading from the book of Wisdoms 3:1-9

The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them. In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die, their going looked like disaster, their leaving us, like annihilation; but they are in peace. God has put them to the test and proved them worthy to be with him; he has tested them like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a holocaust. When the time comes for his visitation they will shine out. They who trust in him will understand the truth; those who are faithful will live with him in love; for grace and mercy await those he has chosen.

This is the word of the Lord.

2. A reading from the book of Sirach 38: 16-17,23

My people, weep for the dead, lament to express your sorrow and bury the dead with fitting ceremonial and do not fail to honour the grave. Weep bitterly, cry out with full voice, and observe the mourning period in accordance with the merits of the deceased. When the dead are laid to rest, let their memory be one of peace; be comforted on their account once their spirit has departed.

This is the word of the Lord.

3. A reading from the book of Ecclesiastes (3)

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 healing, a time for tears, a time for laughter, a time for mourning, a time for speaking, a time for loving. All that God does is apt for its time.

This is the word of the Lord.

 4. A reading from the prophet Isaiah 25:6-9

Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed;I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, and uphold you with my right hand of justice, For I am the Lord your God, who grasps your right hand; it is I who say to you “Fear not, I will help you” I have brushed away your offences like a cloud, your sins like a mist; return  to me, for I have redeemed you. Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child within her womb? Even should she forget. I will never forget you. See upon the palm of my hand I have written your name. Yes, in joy you shall depart, in peace you shall be brought back.

This is the word of the Lord.

5. A reading from the Book of Lamentations

My soul is shut out from peace; I have forgotten happiness. And now I say, “My strength is gone, that hop which came from the Lord”. This is what I shall tell my heart, and so recover hope: the favours of the Lord are not all past, his kindness are not exhousted; every morning they are renewed great is his faithfulness. “My portion is the Lord” says my soul” “and so I will hope in him” It is good to wait in silence fort he Lord to save.

This is the word of the Lord.