Below you will find the approved readings for planning a funeral liturgy.

Please select one reading from each of the categories (First reading, Psalm, Second reading, Gospel).

Each scripture reference is followed by a summary theme of that reading.

Click on the underlined scripture for the entire text.

Bring a copy of your four selections of the entire text to your meeting with the presider.




C1 - 2 Maccabees 12: 43-46  “he acted in an excellent and noble way..."

C2 - Job 19: 1, 23-27a  "I know that my vindicator lives...."

C3 - Wisdom 3: 1-9 (long version)  "The souls of the just are in the hand of God..." OR  Wisdom 3: 1-6, 9 (short version)

C4 - Wisdom 4: 7-15  "The just man, though he die early, shall be at rest..."

C5 - Isaiah 25: 6a, 7-9  "he will destroy death forever..."

C6 - Lamentations 3: 17-26  "My portion is the Lord, says my soul..."

C7 - Daniel 12: 1-3  "many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake..."



C8 - Acts 10: 34-43 (long version)  “He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead…”  OR Acts 10: 34-36, 42-43 (short version)

C9 - Revelation 14:13  “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…”

C10 - Revelation 20:11 - 21:1  “The dead were judged according to their deeds…”

C11 - Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7  “there shall be no more death or mourning …"


 D1 – Psalm 23:1-3, 4, 5, 6: “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.”

 D2 – Psalm 25:6 and 7b, 17-18, 20-21: “To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.”

 D3 – Psalm 27:1 ,4, 7and 8b, and 9a, 13-14: “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” or “I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the Land of           the living.”

D4 – Psalm 42:2, 3, 5cdef; 43:3, 4, 5: “My soul is thirsting for the living God: when shall I see him face to face?”

D6 - Psalm 103:8 and 10, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18: “The Lord is kind and merciful.”

D7 – Psalm 116:5, 6, 10-11, 15-16ac: “I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.”

D8 – Psalm 122;1-2, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9: “I rejoiced when I heard them say; let us go to the house of the Lord.”


E1 - Romans 5: 5-11  "We were reconciled to God through the death of his Son..."

E2 - Romans 5: 17-21  "through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all..."

E3 - Romans 6:  3-9 (long version)  "...if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall live with him..."  OR   Romans 6: 3-4, 8-9  (short version)

E4 - Romans 8: 14-23  “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are Children of God"

E5 - Romans 8: 31-35, 37-39  "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

E6 - Romans 14: 7-9, 10c-12  "This is why Christ died and came to life"

E7 - 1 Corinthians 15: 20-28 (long version)  "In Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life."  OR  1 Corinthians 15: 20-23 (short version)

E8 - 1 Corinthians 15: 51-57  "Death where is your victory?"

E9 - 2 Corinthians 4: 15-5:1  "The one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us..."

E10 - 2 Corinthians 5: 1, 6-10  "We would rather leave the body and go home..."

E11 - Philippians 3: 20-21  "He will change our lowly body..."

E12 - 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18  "If we believe that Jesus died and rose..."

E13 - 2 Timothy 2: 8-13  "Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead..."

E14 - 1 John 3: 1-2  "Beloved, we are God's children now..."

E15 - 1 John 3: 14-16  "We know that we have passed from death to life..."


G1 - Matthew 5: 1-12a  "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven."

G2 - Matthew 11: 25-30  "come to me . . . and I will give you rest."

G3 - Matthew 25: 1-13  "Behold the bridegroom! Come out to him"

G4 - Matthew 25: 31-46  "Come, you who are blessed by my father…"

G5 - Mark 15: 33-39, 16: 1-6 (long version)  "Jesus gave a laud cry and breathed his last." OR  Mark 15: 33-39 (short version)

G6 - Luke 7: 11-17  "Young man, I say to you, arise."

G7 - Luke 12: 35-40  "Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,..."

G8 - Luke 23: 33, 39-43  "Today you will be with me in paradise."

G9 - Luke 23: 44-46, 50, 52-53, 24:1-6a  "Father, I put my life in your hands."

G10 - Luke 24: 13-35 (long version)  "Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer ..."  OR  Luke 24: 13-16, 28-35 (short version)

G11 - John 5: 24-29  "Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from death to life..."

G12 - John 6: 37-40  "All who believe in the Son will have eternal life..."

G13 - John 6: 51-59  "All who eat this bread will live forever, and I will raise them up...."

G14 - John 11: 17-27 (long version)  "I am the resurrection and the life."  OR   John 11: 21-27  (short version)

G15 - John 11: 32-45  "Lazarus, come out."

G16 - John 12: 23-28 (long version)  "If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies..."  OR  John 12: 23-26 (short version)

G17 - John 14: 1-6  "There are many rooms in my Father's house."

G18 - John 17: 24-26  “I wish that where I am they also may be with me…"

G19 - John 19: 17-18, 25-39  "Jesus bowed his head and gave up his Spirit."

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 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”