Scripture Readings for the Funeral Mass

The readings from the Sacred Scriptures proclaim the Paschal mystery, teach remembrance of the dead, convey the hope of being gathered together again in God's kingdom, and encourage the witness of Christian life. The readings tells of God's design for a world in which suffering and death will relinquish their hold on all whom God has called his own.

Usually there are three readings during the Funeral Mass. One from the Old Testament, a second from the New Testament epistles, and a third from the Gospels proclaimed by the Deacon or Priest. During the Easter Season, the Old Testament reading may be replaced with a reading from the New Testament.

Clicking on the gold links below will open a pdf of the reading.

Old Testament

1     default 2 Maccabees 12:43-46 (309 KB)   He acted in a noble and excellent way as he had
the resurrection of the dead in view.
2     default Job 19:1, 23-27 (259 KB)   I know that my Vindicator lives.
3 Long Form
Short Form
  default Wisdom 3:1-9 (366 KB)default
default Wisdom 3:1-6,9 (326 KB)
  As sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
4     default Wisdom 4:7-15 (339 KB)   An unsullied life, the attainment of old age.
5     default Isaiah 25:6a,7-9 (270 KB)   He will destroy death forever.
6     default Lamentations 3:17-26 (306 KB)   It is good to hope in silence for the saving help
of the Lord.
7     default Daniel 12:1-3 (294 KB)   Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth
shall awake.

New Testament

1     default Romans 5:5-11   Since we are now justified by his Blood, we will be saved through him from the wrath.
2     default Romans 5:17-21
  Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more.
3 Long Form
Short Form
  default Romans 6:3-9
default Romans 6:3-4,8-9
  We too might live in newness of life.
4     default Romans 8:14-23   We also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
5     default Romans 8:31b-35,37-39   What will separate us from the love of Christ?
6     default Romans 14:7-9,10c-12   Whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
7 Long Form
Short Form
  default 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
default 1 Corinthians 15:20-23
  So too in Christ shall all be brought to life.
8     default 1 Corinthians 15:51-57   Death is swallowed up in victory.
9     default 2 Corinthians 4:14-5:1   What is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.
10     default 2 Corinthians 5:1,6-10   We have a building from God, eternal in heaven.
11     default Philippians 3:20-21   He will change our lowly bodies to conform to his glory.
12     default 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18   Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
13     default 2 Timothy 2:8-13   If we have died with him we shall also live with him.
14     default 1 John 3:1-2   We shall see him as he is.
15     default 1 John 3:14-16   We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.
16 Long Form
Short Form
  default Acts 10:34-43
default Acts of the Apostles 10:34-36,42-43
  He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.
17     default Revelation 14:13   Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
18     default Revelation 20:11-21:1   The dead were judged according to their deeds.
19     default Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7   There shall be no more death.


1     default Matthew 5:1-12a   Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
2     default Matthew 11:25-30   Come to me and I will give you rest.
3     default Matthew 25:1-13   Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to him!
4     default Matthew 25:31-46   Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
5 Long Form
Short Form
  default Mark 15:33-39;16:1-6
default Mark 15:33-39
  Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
6     default Luke 7:11-17   Young man, I tell you, arise!
7     default Luke 12:35-40   You also must be prepared.
8     default Luke 23:33,39-43   Today you will be with me in Paradise.
9 Long Form
Short Form
  default Luke 23:44-46,50,52-53;24:1-6a
default Luke 23:44-46,50,52-53
  Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
10 Long Form
Short Form
  default Luke 24:13-35
default Luke 24:13-16,28-35
  Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?
11     default John 5:24-29   Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from death to life.
12     default John 6:37-40   Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life and I shall raise him on the last day.
13     default John 6:51-59   Whoever eats this bread will live forever, and I will raise them up on the last day.
14 Long Form
Short Form
  default John 11:17-27
default John 11:21-27
  I am the resurrection and the life.
15     default John 11:32-45   Lazarus, come out!
16 Long Form
Short Form
  default John 12:23-28
default John 12:23-26
  If it dies, it produces much fruit.
17     default John 14:1-6   In my Father's house there are many dwellings.
18     default John 17:24-26   I wish that where I am they also may be with me.
19     default John 19:17-18,25-39   And bowing his head he handed over his Spirit.