Funeral Readings

The Parish Bereavement Committee will assist the family in arranging for the organist, cantor, Minister of the Eucharist and altar servers.  For your information, those providing music for funeral liturgies do not receive payment from the church. The only compensation they receive for their services comes from the family. As a convenience, these fees are normally included in the funeral home fee, and are customarily paid on the day of the funeral.  This will all be handled by the funeral director.

The parish also accepts donations in memory of the deceased through the Sacred Heart Memorial Fund and the Saint Hedwig’s Chapel Repair Fund.   You may also ask the Funeral Director about these memorial funds if interested.

Below you will find the Funeral Readings.  Please choose one reading from the Old Testament and one reading from the New Testament. 

If you would like someone to read the Intercessions (Prayer of the Faithful) it is also included at the end of all the readings.

Old Testament Readings

OLD TEST.  # 1
JOB 19: 1, 23-27

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

 A Reading from the Book of Job

(Pause 3 seconds)

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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

 The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading, Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.

 

 

OLD TEST. # 2
WISDOM 3:1- 9

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A Reading from the Book of Wisdom

(Pause 3 seconds)

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 people,
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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary; BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.


 

OLD TEST. # 3
WISDOM 4: 7-15

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A Reading from the Book of Wisdom

(Pause 3 seconds)

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 were loved;
he who lived among sinners were 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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading, Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.

 

 

OLD TEST. # 4
ISAIAH 25: 6a, 7-9
                                       

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

(Pause 3 seconds)

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!”

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading, Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.

 

OLD TEST. #5
LAM 3:17-26

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A Reading from the Book of Lamentations

(Pause 3 seconds)

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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle;and return to your seat.


 

OLD TEST. # 6
DANIEL 12: 1-3

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

 A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel

(Pause 3 seconds)

I, Daniel, mourned
and 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.

 (Pause 3 seconds)

 The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading, Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.


OLD TEST. # 7
MAC 12:43-46

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A Reading from the second Book of Maccabees

(Pause 3 seconds)

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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

 The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading, Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.


 

OLD TEST. # 8
ECLSTS 3: 1-8                                                          

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A Reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes

(Pause 3 seconds)

There is an appointed time for everything,
           and a time for everything under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
            a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
           a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
           a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
          a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
         a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
         a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
         a time of war, and a time of peace.

 (Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading, Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle;and return to your seat.

 

New Testament Readings

             

NEW TEST. # 1
ACTS 10: 34-43               

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from The Acts of the Apostles

(Pause 3 seconds)

Peter proceeded to speak, saying:
“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 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 in 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.”

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle;and return to your seat.

 


NEW TEST. # 2
ROMANS 5: 5-11             

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

(Pause 3 seconds)

Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has
been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who 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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading, Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle;and return to your seat.

 

 

NEW TEST. # 3
2 TIMOTHY 4: 6-8            

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

(Pause 3 seconds)

Beloved:
I am already being poured out like a libation,
and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have competed well; I have finished the race;
I have kept the faith.

From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
which the Lord, the just judge,
will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
but to all who have longed for his appearance.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.

 

 

NEW TEST. # 4
ROMANS 6: 3-9               

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

(Pause 3 seconds)

Brothers and sisters:
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 untied 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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.

 

 

NEW TEST. # 5
ROMANS 8: 14-23            

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

(Pause 3 seconds)

Brothers and sisters:
Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons 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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle;and return to your seat.


NEW TEST. # 6
ROMANS 8: 31-35, 37-39

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

(Pause 3 seconds)

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?

He did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us
all, 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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle;and return to your seat.

 

NEW TEST. # 7
ROMANS 14: 7-9,
10b-12                            

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

(Pause 3 seconds)

Brothers and sisters:
No one 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 accounting of himself to God.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.

  

 

NEW TEST. # 8
1 COR 15:20-23              

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

 A reading from the letter of Paul to the Corinthians

(Pause 3 seconds)

Christ has been raised from the dead,
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through a man,
the resurrection of the dead came also through a man.

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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading, Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.

  

 

NEW TEST. # 9
1 COR 15: 51-57             

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

(Pause 3 seconds)

Brothers and sisters: 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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading, Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.

 

 

NEW TEST. # 10
REV 21: 5a – 6b-7            

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the Book of Revelation

(Pause 3 seconds)

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.

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.”

(Pause 3 seconds)

 The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading, Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.


NEW TEST. # 11
2 COR 5: 1, 6-10             

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

(Pause 3 seconds)

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 all must 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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading, Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.

 

NEW TEST. # 12               
REV 20: 11 – 21: 1                                              

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:        

A reading from the Book of Revelation

(Pause 3 seconds)

I 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.
(The 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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

 The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading, Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary; BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.


 

NEW TEST. # 13
1 THESS 4: 13-18            

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

 A reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

(Pause 3 seconds)

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary; BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle;and return to your seat.


NEW TEST. # 14
2 TIMOTHY  2:8-13           

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

(Pause 3 seconds)

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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

 The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary; BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.

 


NEW TEST. # 15
1 JOHN 3: 1-2             

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John

(Pause 3 seconds)

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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

 The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.

 

 

NEW TEST. # 16
REV 14: 13
                               

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the Book of Revelation

(Pause 3 seconds)

I 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.”

(Pause 3 seconds)

 The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; and return to your seat.


NEW TEST. # 17
Philippians 3: 20-21       

After the Opening Prayer, Father will invite all to, “Please be seated for our First Reading.”
Step out of your pew and approach the altar.  Step to the main level of the sanctuary (altar area) and  BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and read from the main pulpit:

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Philippians

(Pause 3 seconds)

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.

(Pause 3 seconds)

The Word of the Lord.

After the Reading,  Return to the center of the altar area on the main level of the sanctuary;
BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle;and return to your seat.

 

 

 Intercessions

(PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL )


SET A

After the homily, Father will return to his seat and ask, “Please stand for our Prayer of the Faithful”.  Step out of your pew and approach the altar. Step to the lower platform and BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and approach the pulpit:

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

(Father will introduce the Prayer of the Faithful with an opening prayer. After the opening prayer, the reader continues:)

READER:

Our response to each petition is:

LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER

-For, __________ , who in baptism was given the pledge of eternal life,
that he/she may now be admitted to the company of Your saints. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)

-For our brother/sister,__________ ,  who ate the body of Christ,
the Bread of Life, that You may raise him/her up on the last day. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)

-For all our deceased relatives and friends, and for all who have helped us in this life, that You may grant to them the reward of their goodness in eternal life. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER

-For those who have fallen asleep in the hope of rising again,
that, in Your mercy, they may behold the light of Your face. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)

-For the family and friends of our brother/sister __________,
that You might give to them the gift of Your consolation and peace. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)

-For all of us assembled here to worship in faith, that we may be
gathered together for eternity in Your heavenly kingdom. We pray to the Lord…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)
(Father will conclude with a closing prayer. REMAIN at the pulpit until the closing prayer is over.)

After the closing prayer, Return  to the center of the lower platform and BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; return to your seat as Father invites all to, “Please be seated as we offer our gifts.”

 

 

SET B

After the homily, Father will return to his seat and ask, “Please stand for our Prayer of the Faithful”.  Step out of your pew and approach the altar. Step to the lower platform and BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and approach the pulpit:

 PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

(Father will introduce the Prayer of the Faithful with an opening prayer. After the opening prayer, the reader continues:)

READER:

Our response to each petition is: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER

-In baptism, __________ received the light of Your Son. In Your mercy, dispel the darkness of sin and lead him/her over the waters of death. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)

-Our brother/sister _________ was nourished with the Bread of Life at the altar of Your Son. In Your kindness, welcome him/her into the halls of Your heavenly banquet. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)

-Many friends and members of our families have gone before us and await the fullness of Your kingdom. Graciously grant them an everlasting home with your Son. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)

-Many people die by violence, war and famine each day. Show Your mercy to those who suffer so unjustly these sins against Your love, and gather them to the eternal kingdom of Your peace. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)

-Those who trusted in Your hope, now sleep in Your peace. Grant eternal rest to all whose faith is known to You alone. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)

-The family and friends of __________ seek comfort and consolation. We beg You to heal their pain and dispel the darkness and doubt that proceeds from our human weakness. We pray to the Lord…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)

-We are gathered here in faith and confidence to pray for our brother/sister _________. Strengthen our hope so that we may live in the expectation of Your Son’s coming. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)
(Father will conclude with a closing prayer. REMAIN at the pulpit until the closing prayer is over.)

After the closing prayer, Return  to the center of the lower platform and BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; return to your seat as Father invites all to, “Please be seated as we offer our gifts.”

 

 

 

SET C

After the homily, Father will return to his seat and ask, “Please stand for our Prayer of the Faithful”.  Step out of your pew and approach the altar. Step to the lower platform and BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; Turn to YOUR RIGHT and approach the pulpit:

 PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

(Father will introduce the Prayer of the Faithful with an opening prayer. After the opening prayer, the reader continues:)

READER:

Our response to each petition is: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER
-We are assembled here in faith and confidence to pray for our brother/sister, __________. Strengthen our hope so that we may live in the expectation of Your Son’s coming. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)
-We pray for ________________’s family, that You will fill the present emptiness in their hearts with the love and prayerful support of many friends. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)
-For all those who ministered to ______________during his/her illness; that You may bless them in abundance with Your grace for their kindness and care. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)

-For each of us, with whom _________________ so generously shared his/her many gifts; may we too, aided by Your strength, be inspired to share our gifts with others and help lighten the burdens of those in need. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)
-For all those who loved and were loved by __________, that we may find comfort in Your Son’s promise to us of eternal life. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)
-For each of us here present, that You will bless us richly with the gifts we need to fully celebrate life, to sincerely embrace our faith in You and to recognize the new beginning You offer us each day. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)
-For all those who have gone before us, who are making amends for their sins in purgatory, that our prayers and our good works on their behalf will help bring them to the fullness of Your heavenly kingdom. We pray…

(ALL RESPOND: LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER)
(Father will conclude with a closing prayer. REMAIN at the pulpit until the closing prayer is over.)

After the closing prayer, Return  to the center of the lower platform and BOW in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle; return to your seat as Father invites all to, “Please be seated as we offer our gifts.”