Suggested Funeral Readings

The following are lists of Scriptures appropriate for use at Catholic Funeral Liturgies. One reading is chosen from each the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Gospels. 

*Other Scripture passages can be presented to the presider for approval. 

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Old Testament

2 Maccabees 12:43-46 "...he made atonement for the dead..."  

Job 19: 1, 23-27  "...I know that my vindicator lives...."

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15  "...A time to be born, a time to die..." 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 "...A time to be born, a time to die..."

Wisdom 3:1-9 "...The souls of the just are in the hand of God..." 

Wisdom 3:1-6,9 "...The souls of the just are in the hand of God..." 

Wisdom 4:7-14 "The Righteous One, though he die early, shall be at rest..." 

Sirach 2:1-11 " fire gold is tested....Compassionate is the Lord..." 

Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9 "...he will destroy death forever..." 

Isaiah 26:7-19 "...your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise..." 

Isaiah 35:1-10 "...Here is your God, he comes with vindication..." 

Isaiah 40:1-11 "...Here is your God, Here comes with power..." 

Lamentations 3:17-26 "...My portion is the Lord, says my soul..."

Ezekiel 37:12-14 "O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise..." 

Daniel 12:1-3 "...the wise shall shine brightly..." 

Micah 7:7-9 "...though I sit in darkness, the Lord is my light..." 

New Testament

Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43 "Everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins"

Acts of the Apostles 10:34-36,42-43 "Everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins"

Romans 5:1,5-11  "...We were reconciled to God through the death of his Son..." 

Romans 5:17-21 "...through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all..." 

Romans 6:3-9  "...if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall live with him..." 

Romans 6:3-4,8-9 "...if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall live with him..." 

Romans 8:1-11  "There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ..."  

Romans 8:14-23 "Those who are led by the Spirit of God are Children of God"

Romans 8:31-35,37-39 "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

Romans 14:7-9,10-12 "This is why Christ died and came to life"

1 Corinthians 2:6-10 
"Eye has not seen, and ear has not heard..." 

1 Corinthians 15:12-20  "If there is no resurrection of the dead..."

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 "In Adam all die, so too if Christ shall all be brought to life."

1 Corinthians 15:51-57 "Death where is your victory?"

2 Corinthians 4:14-5:1  "The one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us..."

2 Corinthians 5:1,6-10 "We would rather leave the body and go home..." 

Philippians 3:7-14 "...I run toward the prize to which God calls me..."

Philippians 3:20-21  "He will change our lowly body..."

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  "If we believe that Jesus died and rose..."

2 Timothy 2:8-13 "Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead..." 

2 Timothy 4:1-2,6-8 "I have competed well, I have finished the race..." 

1 John 3:1-2 "Beloved, we are God's children now..."

1 John 3:14-16  "We know that we have passed from death to life..."

Revelation 14:13 "...Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord..."

Revelation 20:11-12:1 "...The sea gave up its dead; then Death and Hades..."

Revelation 21:1-5a,6b-7 "...I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem..."


Matthew 5:1-12a  "The Eight Beatitudes" 

Matthew 11:25-30  "come to me . . . and I will give you rest." 

Matthew 25:1-13  "Look. The bridegroom comes. Go out to meet him" 

Matthew 25:31-46  "Come, you whom my Father has blessed" 

Mark 15:33-39  "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 

Mark 15:33 ---16:6  "Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last" 

Luke 7:11-17  "Young man, I say to you, arise." 

Luke 12:35-40  "Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,..." 

Luke 23:33-43  "Today you will be with me in paradise." 

Luke 23:44  ---24:6a  "Father, I put my life in your hands." 

Luke 23:44-49 "Father into your hands I commend my spirit"

Luke 24:13-35 "Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer..." 

Luke 24:13-16,28-35 "Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer..." 

John 5:24-29  "Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from..."

John 6:37-40 "All who believe in the Son will have eternal life..." 

John 6:51-58  "All who eat this bread will live for ever...." 

John 11:17-27 "I am the resurrection and the life." 

John 11:21-27 "I am the resurrection and the life." 

John 11:32-45 "Lazarus, come out." 

John 12:23-28  "If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies..." 

John 12:23-26 "If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies..." 

John 14:1-6  "There are many rooms in my Father's house." 

John 17:24-26  "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me..." 

John 19:17-30  "Jesus bowed his head and gave up his spirits."  

Here are other alternate suggestions for appropriate readings:

Old Testament

Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 
Song of Songs 8:6-7 
Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 
Isaiah 41:8-10, 13
Isaiah 57:15-19 
Isaiah 61.1-3 
Isaiah 65:17-21 
Ezekiel 34:11-16 
Micah 6:6-8 
Zephaniah 3:16

New Testament

Acts 10:34-43 
Romans 5:5-11 
Romans 5:17-21 
Romans 6:3-9 
Romans 8:14-23 
Romans 8:3lb-35, 37-39
Romans 14:7-9, l0b-12 
I Corinthians 15:20-23, 24b-28 
I Corinthians 15:51-57 
2 Corinthians 4:14 -5:1 
2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10
Ephesians 3:14-21 
Philippians 3:20-21  
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 
2 Timothy 2:8-13 
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17- 18 
1 Peter 1:3-9 
1 John 3:1-2  
1 John 3:14-16 
Revelation 14:13 
Revelation 20:11 - 21:1
Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7

Revelation 22:1-7

Matthew 6:19-23 
Luke 1:67-74 
John 3:13-17 
John 10:11-18 
John 10:27-30 


Liturgical Hymn Suggestions for the Rite of Christian Burial

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church


The following hymns are offered as suggestions from the musicians of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for use during a funeral.  Most of them may be found in the current Breaking Bread, (found in the church pews).  We encourage you to select four pieces for the funeral Mass of your loved one.  If, for whatever reason, you decide not to choose any (or only some of the four hymns), Nancy Wright, our accompanist and Millie Pierce, who usually sings at the funeral Masses, will be glad to do that for you.  If there is music you’d like done, not found on this list, please share the names of those pieces.  Nancy and Millie will do their best to accommodate.  It is NOT essential that you select music from the “special seasons” lists, during those seasons.

(The music listed here has been approved by both priests.)

Ordinary Time

“I Know That My Redeemer Lives”                        “Parable”

“Sing With All the Saints in Glory”                            “Precious Lord Take My Hand”

“Lord of the Dance”                                                    “Let There Be Peace On Earth”

“O God, Beyond All Praising”                                   “In the Garden”

“The Strife is O’er”                                                     “Mary, Full of Grace (O Sanctissima)

“Morning Has Broken”                                               “Beautiful Savior”

“Prayer of Saint Francis”                                            “Be Thou My Vision”

“Amazing Grace”                                                        “Salve, Regina”

“Eternal Father, Strong to Save”                                

“O Breathe On Me, O Breath of God”                        Advent

“I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”                     “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming”

“All Creatures of Our God and King”                         “Maranatha”

“You Are Mine”

“In Paradisum”                                                            Christmas and Epiphany

“Panis Angelicus”                                                       “What Child is This”

“Fly Like a Bird”                                                         “The First Nowell”

“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”                                “Silent Night, Holy Night”

“Be Not Afraid”                                                          “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming”

“Here I Am, Lord”                                                      “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”

“Blest Are They”

“For the Beauty of the Earth”                                      Lent

“For All the Saints”                                                     “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

“I Am the Bread of Life”

“On Eagle’s Wings”                                                    Easter

“As the Deer Longs”                                                   “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”

“O God, Our Help in Ages Past”                                “Ye Sons and Daughters”


“O Sacrament Most Holy”

“Ave Maria”

“Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling”

“How Great Thou Art”

“Song of Farewell”

“Just a Closer Walk”

“Old Rugged Cross”

“Near My God to Thee”

“Where My Father Lives”