Funeral Readings for Adults

You may have one or two members of your family or friends do the readings. The readers must be Catholic and it is suggested that they be at least 13 years of age. The priest or deacon will read the Gospel.

Below is a list a suggested readings:

Readings for Funerals (Adults):

Old Testament Readings
Maccabees 12: 43-46
Job 19: 1, 23-27a
Wisdom 3: 1-9 OR 3: 1-6, 9
Wisdom 4:7-15
Isaiah 25: 6a, 7-9
Lamentations 3:17-26
Daniel 12:1-3

First Readings During the Easter Season
Acts 10: 34-43 OR 10: 34-36, 42-43
Revelation 14: 13
Revelation 20:11-21:1
Revelation 21: 1-5a, 6b-7

New Testament Readings
Romans 5: 5-11
Romans 5: 17-21
Romans 6: 3-9 OR 6: 3-4, 8-9
Romans 8: 14-23
Romans 8: 31b-35, 37-39
Romans 14: 7-9, 10c-12
1 Corinthians 15: 20-28 OR 15: 20-23
1 Corinthians 51-57
2 Corinthians 4: 14- 5:1
2 Corinthians 5: 1, 6-10
Philippians 3: 20-21
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18
2 Timothy 2: 8-13
1 John 3: 1-2
1 John 3: 14-16

Gospel Readings
Matthew 5:1-12a
Matthew 11: 25-30
Matthew 25: 1-13
Matthew 25: 31-46
Mark 15: 33-39; 16: 1-6 OR 15: 33-39
Luke 7: 11-17
Luke 12: 35-40
Luke 23: 33, 39-43
Luke 23: 44-46, 50, 52-53; 24: 1-6a OR 23: 44-46, 50, 52-53
Luke 24: 13-35 OR 24: 13-16, 28-35
John 5: 24-29
John 6: 37-40
John 6: 51-59
John 11: 17-27 OR 11: 21-27
John 11: 32-45
John 12: 23-28 OR 12: 23-26
John 14: 1-6
John 17: 24-26
John 19: 17-18, 25-39