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The Funeral Mass

Readings, Prayers and Reflections

ISBN13: 9781847302755

ISBN10: 1847302750

Publisher: Veritas (11 Feb 2011)

Extent: 64 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 20.3 x 14.5 x 0.8 cm

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  • This booklet is offered as an aid in choosing the readings for the Funeral Mass of a loved one. It also includes a selection of intentions for the prayer of the faithful; reflections; as well as hymns and instructions on how to conduct the Rosary.
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  • OLD TESTAMENT READINGS

    READING 1

    A reading from the book of Job (19:1. 23-27)
    Job said:
    Ah, would that these words of mine were written down,
    inscribed on some monument
    with iron chisel and engraving tool,
    cut into the rock for ever.
    This I know: that my Avenger lives,
    and he, the Last, will take his stand on earth.
    After my awakening, he will set me close to him,
    and from my flesh I shall look on God.
    He whom I shall see will take my part:
    these eyes will gaze on him and find him not aloof.
    This is the word of the Lord.

    READING 2

    A reading from the book of Wisdom (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 a disaster,
    their leaving us, like annihilation;
    but they are in peace.
    If they experienced punishment as men see it,
    their hope was rich with immortality;
    slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be.
    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;
    as sparks run through the stubble, so will they.
    They shall judge nations, rule over peoples,
    and the Lord will be their king for ever.
    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.

    Shorter form:
    A reading from the book of Wisdom (3:1-6. 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 a disaster,
    their leaving us, like annihilation;
    but they are in peace.
    If they experienced punishment as men see it,
    their hope was rich with immortality;
    slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be.
    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.
    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.

    READING 3

    A reading from the book of Wisdom (4:7-15)
    The virtuous man, 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 mans grey hairs,
    untarnished life, this is ripe old age.
    He has sought to please God, so God has loved him;
    as he was living among sinners, he has been taken up.
    He has been carried off so that evil may not warp his understanding
    or treachery seduce his soul;
    for the fascination of evil throws good things into the shade,
    and the whirlwind of desire corrupts a simple heart.
    Coming to perfection in so short a while, he achieved long life;
    his soul being pleasing to the Lord,
    he has taken him quickly from the wickedness around him.
    Yet people look on, uncomprehending;
    it does not enter their heads
    that grace and mercy await the chosen of the Lord,
    and protection, his holy ones.
    This is the word of the Lord.

    READING 4

    A reading from the prophet Isaiah (25:6-9)
    On this mountain,
    the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples
    a banquet of rich food.
    On this mountain he will remove
    the mourning veil that is covering all peoples,
    and the shroud enwrapping all nations,
    he will destroy Death forever.
    The Lord God will wipe away
    the tears from every cheek;
    he will take away his peoples shame
    everywhere on earth,
    for the Lord has said so.
    That day, it will be said: See, this is our God
    in whom we hoped for salvation;
    the Lord is the one in whom we hoped.
    We exult and we rejoice
    that he has saved us.
    This is the word of the Lord.

    READING 5

    A reading from the book of Lamentations (3:17-26)
    My soul is shut out from peace;
    I have forgotten happiness.
    And now I say, My strength is gone,
    that hope which came from the Lord.
    Brooding on my anguish and affliction
    is gall and woodworm.
    My spirit ponders it continually
    and sinks within me.
    This is what I shall tell my heart,
    and so recover hope:
    the favours of the Lord are not all past,
    his kindnesses are not exhausted;
    every morning they are renewed;
    great is his faithfulness.
    My portion is the Lord says my soul
    and so I will hope in him.
    The Lord is good to those who trust him,
    to the soul that searches for him.
    It is good to wait in silence
    for the Lord to save.
    This is the word of the Lord.

    READING 6

    A reading from the prophet Daniel (12:1-3)
    I, Daniel, was doing penance when I received this message from the Lord:
    At that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who mounts guard
    over your people. There is going to be a time of great distress, unparalleled
    since nations first came into existence. When that time comes, your own
    people will be spared, all those whose names are found written in the
    Book. Of those who lie sleeping in the dust of the earth many will awake,
    some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting disgrace. The
    learned will shine as brightly as the vault of heaven, and those who have
    instructed many in virtue, as bright as stars for all eternity.
    This is the word of the Lord.

    READING 7

    A reading from the second book of Maccabees (12:43-45)
    Judas, the leader of the Jews, took a collection from the people
    individually, amounting to nearly two thousand drachmae, and sent it
    to Jerusalem to have a sacrifice for sin offered, an altogether fine and
    noble action, in which he took full account of the resurrection. For if he
    had not expected the fallen to rise again it would have been superfluous
    and foolish to pray for the dead, whereas if he had in view the splendid
    recompense reserved for those who make a pious end, the thought was
    holy and devout. This was why he had this atonement sacrifice offered
    for the dead, so that they might be released from their sin.
    This is the word of the Lord.

    READING 8

    A reading from the book of Ecclesiastes (3:1-8)
    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 up;
    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 throwing away.
    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.
    This is the word of the Lord.

    READING 9

    A reading from the prophet Isaiah (35:3-6, 10)
    Strengthen all weary hands,
    steady all trembling knees
    and say to the faint hearts,
    Courage! Do not be afraid.
    Look, your God is coming,
    vengeance is coming,
    the retribution of God;
    he is coming to save you.
    Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,
    the ears of the deaf unsealed,
    then the lame shall leap like a deer
    and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy;
    for water gushes in the desert
    streams in the wastelands
    for those the Lord has ransomed shall return.
    They will come to Zion shouting for joy,
    everlasting joy on their faces;
    joy and gladness will go with them
    and sorrow and lament be ended.
    This is the word of the Lord.
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