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Preparation of the Funeral Mass

Dear Parishioner and family members,

On behalf of the people of Saint Ann parish, please accept our prayers and condolences at the loss of your loved one. You and your family remain a part of our prayers and we offer you our support during this most difficult time. Our parish priest and pastoral - liturgical staff are here to assist you in the preparation of the Funeral Mass. When one of our members dies, we as Church all mourn. For us the celebration of the Mass is our comfort and prayer. I pray that you are comforted in our faith and as we celebrate the Church’s Liturgy that you find your faith fully realized in the Eucharist.

In order to assist you prepare and celebrate the funeral Mass, we have compiled a guide to assist you with frequently asked questions and an understanding as to the practical and personal ways to join in the celebration of the Funeral Liturgy.

Asking the Lord to bless you and your loved ones.


We hope the following information is helpful to you in dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Part I: For the sick, homebound, hospitalized:

If one member suffers in the body of Christ which is the Church, all the members suffer with that member” (1 Cor. 12:26)

Ministry to the sick and dying: Our parish has a regular outreach to the homebound, the sick and the dying. Our pastor and assisting priests, along with our trained staff and volunteers regularly provide visits and care to those who are homebound or sick. This can include visits for the celebration of the sacrament of the sick, for the sacrament of reconciliation, and for the reception of Holy Communion.

As a parish we pray for all those who are sick and in need every day, and in a specific way on Sundays, we pray for all those entrusted to us and are in need of healing. Please know that we encourage and invite you to let us know of any who are sick and in need of the Sacraments and visitation. It is never an inconvenience and it is an important part of parish life for us. We want to provide support to you and your family. Our parish places public prayer requests for loved ones in the bulletin and on our website, however, if you wish, we will respect your desire to maintain confidentiality.

“The Lord Himself showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded His followers to do likewise.” “Are there and who are sick or in need among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.” (Rite of Anointing)

Please call us at the parish office (617-825-6180) or speak to the priests to arrange for a visit.


Part II: For those preparing for Death

Ministry to your loved ones as death draws near:

We have an everlasting home in heaven” (2 Cor 5:1)

This is a most sacred time for you and most especially for your loved one. As you or your loved one draws close to death, we want to be there to support you and to pray with you. The Sacrament of Holy Anointing and Viaticum is often administered at home, in the hospital, or at a specialized facility or in a nursing home.

Viaticum is the final reception of Holy Communion known as "food for the journey" it is often referred to and understood to be our "last rite." “When in their passage from this life, Christians are strengthened but the body and blood of Christ in Viaticum, they have the pledge of the resurrection that the Lord promised: Communion received as Viaticum should be considered a special sign of the participation in the mystery which is celebrated in the Eucharist: the mystery of the death of the Lord and His passage to the Father.”

Often we have already been visiting with your loved one we have been prepared to journey with you as death comes naturally. Please call us so that we can celebrate the sacred rites of the Church, Viaticum, with you. It is important that the person receiving viaticum be conscious of what is going on so please do not wait until the last minute to call upon us. Oftentimes, too, the person who is dying may wish to make known particular wishes to offer for the funeral rites, something with which our staff can help him or her with if we have already not done so.

It is also often the case that death is coming quicker than anticipated with or your loved one is not able to receive Holy Communion. Our priests are available to assist in the time of emergency and offer the Sacrament and prayers in preparation for death. This is often a very unique and special time for you as a family. A time when we gather around our loved ones in prayer, as the Lord teaches us and reveals His saving power.

Arranging for the day and time of the funeral: You can prearrange your loved ones funeral Mass by contacting the funeral home or visiting with your parish priest. Sometimes this is a peaceful way of assuring that the liturgy does not become difficult during a time when the family needs to be together. Often family members have different ideas of the wishes of loved ones. This should never get in the way of the need to comfort one another.

Please know that we always want to celebrate a funeral Mass for any Catholic who has passed away. The parish church is normally available for a funeral Mass on most of every weekday, including Saturdays. There are times when there is not a priest available or due to another scheduled liturgical or parish event.


Part III: Order of Christian Funerals:

“In the proclamation of the Scriptures, the saving word of God through the power of the Spirit becomes living and active in the minds and the hearts of the community. Having been strengthened at the table of God’s Word, the community calls to mind God’s saving deeds and offers the Father, in the Spirit, the Eucharistic Sacrifice of Christ’s Passover from death to life, a living sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, of reconciliation and atonement. Communion nourishes the community and expresses its unity. In communion, the participants have a foretaste of the heavenly banquet that awaits them and are reminded of Christ’s own words: “whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood shall live forever” (John 6:55). Confident in Jesus’ presence among them in the living word, the living sacrifice, the living meal, those present in union with the whole Church offer prayers and petitions for the deceased, whom they entrust to God’s merciful love.” (Pastoral Care of the Sick )

When death occurs: Please know that the Church prays for us in the time of death. It is when we need the Lord and His comfort. Our faith teaches us to turn to the saints and angels for help us support. Our Marian prayers will come to us “Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of death.” Whether in the home, the hospital, or a nursing home, our prayers and the help of parish family and friends is here to help us. There are beautiful prayers and rites connected with the time of death, or immediately after death. God’s Word and the prayers after death guide our way, “Saints of God, come to their aid! Hasten to meet them angels of the Lord!...May Christ, who called you take you to Himself; may angels lead you to the Abraham’s side”…“Give them eternal rest, O Lord, and may your perpetual light shine upon them. May their soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.”

It is usually easier for you as a family to contact the funeral home directly to make immediate arrangements after death who will then contact the parish to confirm the time of your loved one’s funeral.

We normally celebrate the funeral Mass at 10:00 AM or 11:00 AM. However, if your family and guests are small in number, and you do not expect many attendees, we would like to offer the Mass at 9:00 AM so that the daily Mass community may join us in prayer and presence.

There is a detailed sheet that you can fill out with the funeral director, on-line, or with one of our parish staff. It is helpful and necessary to have all of the readings, music and options prearranged before Mass and approved as per the “Rite of Christian Funerals.”


Below you will find detailed information on generally asked questions,

we hope that this is helpful…

Sacred Scripture and Lectors: You and your family are invited to share in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word. We invite you to help find Sacred Scripture that comforts you as a family and provides insight into your loved one and family.

Lector - Readers: You are welcome to ask a family member or friend who is a baptized Catholic to read at the funeral. It is recommended that you choose someone who regularly serves as a lector in their parish or who at the minimum has public speaking experience.

· If you want to have two readings before the Gospel, the first one is to be from the Old Testament and the second one would be from the New Testament.

· The psalm should be sung by the cantor and is to be from the psalm setting.

· Please remember that any questions should be directed with the funeral director or the priest who will be celebrating the funeral. Below you will find normal readings from Sacred Scripture. There are other choices outside the rite, feel free to speak to the priest celebrating the funeral for assistance and approval.

Sacred Music - Choice of Music: While the Funeral Director, and your family and friends can help you with choosing options for funeral music, please know that our Music Director, Mrs. Michelle McCourt is more than willing to assist you as she coordinates any musical planning issues or questions you may have. She also has the ability to provide additional professional accompanists.

Mrs. Michelle McCourt may be reached directly through the rectory at (617) 825-6180 or through her email address amccourt64@comcast.net.

Please remember that within the Mass, only sacred or liturgical music is sung or performed.

Guest Cantors, guest musicians or additional parish musicians: Often times your family has friends or family members who are musicians and you may wish to invite them to participate in the liturgy. Our Music Director, Mrs. McCourt, is happy to meet with perspective guest musicians and ascertain their ability to assist with the music. The norm for guests would be that they are practicing cantors/musicians who are trained at the Catholic Mass and the Funeral Liturgy. It is important to remind our families that it is necessary that guests be approved by the Music Director and the Pastor. This is the normal practice for Catholic Liturgy.

Offering or Fees: There is no fee for Mass or the Sacraments. Typically your funeral home director will include your offering in their funeral package accounting statement to your family. The offering covers the reimbursement costs for the parish staff and a general offering to the parish.

Normally, every parish hires an organist and cantor for each Funeral Mass. The family is asked, along with the funeral home, to provide an offering for those professional musicians and staff for their work for the day. This includes support staff, those who clean and set up the church. The offering is $600.00 and is handled for you through the funeral home director. Additional musicians would be reimbursed similarly, as they are contracted per your request through the parish.


Part IV: Words of Remembrance

Words of Remembrance a/k/a Eulogies: Please see the guidelines below for funerals celebrated in the Archdiocese of Boston and specifically here at Saint Ann Parish.

We are happy to allow one family member to speak for a few minutes. Our practice is to invite the family member to speak prior to the beginning of Mass. This practice is rather new, but one that we have found is easier for the family while allowing the Mass to be the Mass. It also provides a personal means to assist us in the celebration of Mass, while helping us to know some personal thoughts about your loved one so that the preacher can draw your loved one’s story into the liturgy, especially at the time of the homily. After our reception of Holy Communion our time is kept sacred, allowing for silent reflection, prayer and meditation prior to the next beautiful “Song of Farewell” and “Prayer of Commendation,” and the procession to the place of committal.

Once we, family and the community, arrive at the cemetery the “Rite of Committal” takes place. This rite is the conclusion of the funeral and where the final blessing takes place. It is the “final act of the community of faith in caring for the body of its deceased member…In committing the body to its resting place, the community expresses the hope that, with all those who have gone before marked with the sign of faith, the deceased awaits the glory of the resurrection. The rite of committal is an expression of the communion that exists between the Church on earth and the Church in heaven: the deceased passes with the farewell prayers of the community of believers into the welcoming company of those who need faith no longer but see God face to face.” OCF(206)


Summary & Guide for Speakers at the Funeral Liturgy

from the Archdiocese of Boston:

You have been invited to offer words of remembrance at the Funeral Liturgy for a person dear to you. This is a great honor and responsibility. This guide is offered to help you plan your remembrance and to deliver it well.

For Catholics, the Funeral Liturgy is not primarily about the person who had died, but about our faith in the life, saving death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During the Funeral Liturgy, we pray for our deceased loved ones and commit them to God's mercy. Of course, we remember the life of our loved one during the Funeral Liturgy, but we do so specifically in the context of faith - marking the end of the deceased's faith journey, which began at Baptism. This is very important, because everything that is said during the Funeral Liturgy must be about the deceased's life with God, and the ways the person was faithful to Baptism by loving God and loving neighbor.

The Word of God contained in Holy Scripture, and taught - explained in the person of the priest or deacon's homily is a central part of the Funeral Liturgy. Before you prepare your remembrance, ask what scriptural readings will be used at the funeral, and read and reflect on them thoughtfully in a quiet place. Your reading may bring to mind a specific quality of the deceased, or an incident or deed which symbolizes his/her faith and character. The remembrance is not the place to list accomplishments or summarize the deceased's life story. Rather, if you share a single blessed memory that indicates the deceased's faith and character, your bearers will be moved in their own hearts to offer thanks to God. Keep in mind that the purpose of the Funeral Liturgy is to offer thanks to God for the resurrection of Jesus, and to pray that the deceased may share in this resurrection! Your task is to speak within this tradition, and to speak simply, from your heart.

The following guidelines have proven to be helpful to many:

· It is not our tradition to have a eulogy at Mass, in fact they are specifically not allowed. However, the Archdiocese of Boston has made special provision for words of remembrance. The allowance is at the discretion of the pastor.

The Rite of Christian Funerals does not include the addition of personal eulogies at a funeral Mass. The rite actually says, “A brief homily based on the readings is always given after the gospel reading at the funeral liturgy and may also be given after the readings at the vigil service; but there is never to be a eulogy.” (OCF # 141)

· Also according to the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston, your remembrance may not last for more than 5 minutes. It is very important that you respect this policy.

· Prepare your remembrance in writing. One page of text should correspond to a remembrance that lasts no longer than five minutes. It is requested that the priest preside receive the words of remembrance ahead of time, in case there are any questions or offers for comment and change. You can email the parish priest before the funeral, at the latest.

· Use your own words. Speak from your own experience.

· Avoid using "inside jokes" or forms of humor which may be misunderstood, or sharing incidents not widely known, which may cause confusion or hurt.

· Choose one trusted advisor who also knew the deceased, and use this person as a "sounding board" when you prepare your remembrance.

· On the morning of the funeral, arrive at the church early enough to speak with the priest for any last minute questions. Practice your reading and words remembrance in the church, if possible using the microphone. Review with the priest exactly when you will speak, how you will come from your seat, how to enter the sanctuary, and return to your seat before the Mass and reception of the body.

· Leave the text of your remembrance on the lectern before Mass, and leave it behind when you walk away from the lectern.

· During the preparation and delivery of your remembrance, remember to pray. Pray that you will do honor to your loved one's memory, and that your words will be a witness to faith, and a blessing to your family and friends.

· If you have been asked to offer a remembrance, but are unaccustomed to public speaking, or are concerned that your emotions may hinder your ability to speak, do not hesitate to respectfully decline this task.

There is a richness to Sacred Scripture that is beyond our knowledge and understanding. God’s word has great meaning for us in faith and in the practice of our faith. If you need assistance with choosing the right reading for you and your loved one, please ask the parish priest to assist you. Below you will find common choices for use at the Funeral Liturgy.


Old Testament Readings(please choose one)

A reading from the Book of Job: Job 19:1, 23-27

Then Job answered and said: Oh, would that my words were written down! Would that they were inscribed in a record: that with an iron chisel and with lead they were cut in the rock forever! But as for me, I know that my Vindicator lives, and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust; whom I myself shall see: my own eyes, not another's, shall behold him, and from my flesh I shall see God; my inmost being is consumed with longing.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Book of Wisdom: Wisdom 3:1-9 or 3:1-6, 9 m [Long Form]

But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. For if before men, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. In the time of their visitation they shall shine, and shall dart about as sparks through stubble; they shall judge nations and rule over peoples, and the LORD shall be their King forever. Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love: Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and His care is with His elect.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Book of Wisdom[Short Form]

But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. For if before men, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love: Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and His care is with His elect.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Book of Wisdom: Wisdom 4:7-15

But the just man, though he die early, shall be at rest. For the age that is honorable comes not with the passing of time, nor can it be measured in terms of years. Rather, understanding is the hoary crown for men, and an unsullied life, the attainment of old age. He who pleased God was loved; he who lived among sinners was transported--snatched away, lest wickedness pervert his mind or deceit beguile his soul; for the witchery of paltry things obscures what is right and the whirl of desire transforms the innocent mind. Having become perfect in a short while, he reached the fullness of a long career; for his soul was pleasing to the LORD, therefore he sped him out of the midst of wickedness. But the people saw and did not understand, nor did they take this into account. Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with his elect.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9

On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples. On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces; the reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. On that day it will be said: "Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the LORD for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!"

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Book of Lamentations: Lamentations 3:17-26

My soul is deprived of peace, I have forgotten what happiness is; I tell myself my future is lost, all that I hoped for from the LORD. The thought of my homeless poverty is wormwood and gall; remembering it over and over leaves my soul downcast within me. But I will call this to mind, as my reason to have hope: the favors of the LORD are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent; they are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness. My portion is the LORD, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Good is the LORD to one who waits for him, to the soul that seeks him; it is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the LORD.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel: Daniel 12:1-3

[I, Daniel, mourned and I heard this word of the Lord:] "At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace. But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the second Book of Maccabees: 2 Maccabees 12:43-46

Judas [the ruler of Israel] then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death. But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin.

The word of the Lord.


New Testament Readings(please choose one)

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles [Long Form]Acts 10:34-43 or 10:34-36, 42-43

Peter proceeded to speak and said, "In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him. You know the word (that) he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and (in) Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree. This man God raised (on) the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name."

The word of the Lord.                                   


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles [Short Form]

Peter proceeded to speak and said, "In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him. You know the word (that) he sent to the Israelites as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, he commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name."

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans Romans 5:1-11

Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us. For Christ, while we were still helpless, yet died at the appointed time for the ungodly. Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath. Indeed, if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, once reconciled, will we be saved by his life. Not only that, but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

The word of the Lord


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans Romans 5:17-21

For if, by the transgression of one person, death came to reign through that one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of justification come to reign in life through the one person Jesus Christ. In conclusion, just as through one transgression condemnation came upon all, so through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all. For just as through the disobedience of one person the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one the many will be made righteous. The law entered in so that transgression might increase but, where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through justification for eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans Romans 6:3-9 or 6:3-4, 8-9

[Long Form]

Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection. We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin. For a dead person has been absolved from sin. If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans [Short Form]

Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans Romans 8:14-23

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, "Abba, Father!" The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans Romans 8:31-35, 37-39

What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God's chosen ones? It is God who acquits us. Who will condemn? It is Christ (Jesus) who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans Romans 14:7-9, 10-12

None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. For this is why Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living. For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written: "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall give praise to God." So (then) each of us shall give an account of himself (to God).

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians Corinthians 15:20-24, 25-28

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the first fruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when he hands over the d and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death, for "he subjected everything under his feet." But when it says that everything has been subjected, it is clear that it excludes the one who subjected everything to him. When everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will (also) be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians Corinthians 15:51-57

Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For that which is corruptible must clothe itself with incorruptibility, and that which is mortal must clothe itself with immortality. And when this which is corruptible clothes itself with incorruptibility and this which is mortal clothes itself with immortality, then the word that is written shall come about: "Death is swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians Corinthians 4:13 - 5:1, 6-10

We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

Therefore we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians Corinthians 5:1, 6-10

For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent, should be destroyed, we have a building from God, a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven.

So we are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord. Therefore, we aspire to please him, whether we are at home or away. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.

The word of the Lord.


A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians Philippians 3:20-21

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself.

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A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians Thessalonians 4:13-18

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these words.

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A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy Timothy 2:8-13

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David: such is my gospel, for which I am suffering, even to the point of chains, like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, together with eternal glory

This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with him we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us. If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.

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A reading from the first Letter of Saint John 1 John 3:1-2

See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

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A reading from the first Letter of Saint John 1 John 3:14-16

We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. Whoever does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

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A reading from the Book of Revelation Revelation 14:13

I, John, heard a voice from heaven say, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," said the Spirit, "let them find rest from their labors, for their works accompany them."

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A reading from the Book of Revelation Revelation 20:11 - 21:1

I, John, saw a large white throne and the one who was sitting on it. The earth and the sky fled from his presence and there was no place for them. I saw the dead, the great and the lowly, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened. Then another scroll was opened, the book of life. The dead were judged according to their deeds, by what was written in the scrolls. The sea gave up its dead; then Death and Hades gave up their dead. All the dead were judged according to their deeds. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the pool of fire. (This pool of fire is the second death.) Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the pool of fire. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

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A reading from the Book of Revelation Revelation 21:1-5, 6-7

I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "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." The one who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give a gift from the spring of life-giving water. The victor will inherit these gifts, and I shall be his God, and he will be my son."

The word of the Lord.