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Planning a Funeral

Scripture Reading Notes

The readings for a funeral Mass are taken from the revised Lectionary for Mass.
You will need to chose:

Please remember that you can choose readers for only the first two readings. The presider or other priest/deacon always proclaims the Gospel.

Notes for the reader:

  • Readings are proclaimed from the ambo(pulpit. As the altar is the “table of the Lord’s supper,” the ambo is the “table of God’s word.”
  • Remember to read more slowly and deliberately than you would in normal conversation. Our church building is a large room with its own acoustical requirements. Reading too quickly or too softly will make the text unintelligible.
  • The customary introduction/conclusion of a reading are as printed: “A reading from the book/letter...” All Old and New Testament readings conclude with a few seconds of silence, followed by “The Word of the Lord.” Please note that the the Biblical citation (chapter and verse numbers) is not read.

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“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.”