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Funerals of Baptized Children - Readings from the Old Testament (and New Testament during Easter Time)

 

From the Lectionary for Mass, nos. 1017-1018

Readings from the Old Testament

During Easter Time, the First Reading is instead selected from among certain New Testament readings (found below).

Isaiah 25:6a, 7-8b

He will destroy death forever.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

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 word of the Lord.

Or:

Lamentations 3:22-26

It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.

A reading from the Book of Lamentations

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.

Readings from the New Testament during Easter Time

Only these readings may be selected as the First Reading during Easter Time.

Revelation 7:9-10, 15-17

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

A reading from the Book of Revelation

I, John, had a vision of a great multitude,
     which no one could count,
     from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
     wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice:
     "Salvation comes from* our God, who is seated on the throne,
          and from the Lamb."

     "For this reason they stand before God's throne
          and worship him day and night in his temple.
          The One who sits on the throne will shelter them.
     They will not hunger or thirst anymore,
          nor will the sun or any heat strike them.
     For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne
          will shepherd them
          and lead them to springs of life-giving water,
          and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

The word of the Lord.

Or:

Revelation 21:1a, 3-5a

There shall be no more death.

A reading from the Book of Revelation

I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth.
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."

The word of the Lord.

Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.



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