Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish

Funeral Readings


To make your Funeral Mass planning as straightforward as possible the reading options are shown here.

To see the full text, click on the underlined title.

Download our Funeral Planning document here to assist with music choices and additional guidelines.

Any additional questions can be answered at a planning meeting.

May God grant you peace & consolation. 


Old Testament Reading (choose 1)

 New Testament Reading (choose 1)

 Gospel Reading (choose 1)

He acted in an excellent and noble way as he had the resurrection of the dead in view.

C1 | 2 Maccabees 12:43-46

Since we are now justified by his Blood, we will be saved through him from the wrath

E1 | Romans 5:5-11 

 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.

G1 | Matthew 5:1-12a

I know that my Vindicator Lives

C2 | Job 19:1, 23-27

Where sin is increased, grace overflowed all the more.

E2 | Romans 5:17-21

 Come to me and I will give you rest.

G2 | Matthew 11:25-30

As sacrificial offerings he took them to himself

C3 | Wisdom 3:1-6, 9

We too might live in the newness of life.

E3 | Romans 6:3-4, 8-9

 Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to him!
G3 | Matthew 25:1-13
An unsullied life, the attainment of old age.

C4  | Wisdom 4:7-15


We also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies

E4 | Romans 8:14-23


Come, You Who are Blessed by My Father

G4 | Matthew 25:31-46

He will destroy death forever.

C5 | Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9

What will separate us from the love of Christ?

E5 | Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39 


Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

G5 | Mark 15:33-39  

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

C6 | Lam. 3:17-26 

Whether we live of die, we are the Lord's.

E6 | Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12 


Young man, I tell you, arise!

G6 | Luke 7:11-17

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.

C7 | Daniel 12:1-3 


So too in Christ shall all be brought to life.

E7 | 1 Cor. 15:20-23 


You also must be prepared

G7 | Luke 12:35-40 

Responsorial Psalm (choose 1)


Death is swallowed up in victory.

E8 | 1 Cor. 15:51-57

Today you will be with me in Paradise.

G8 | Luke 23:33, 39-43

Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd,

there is nothing I shall want.

 What is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.
E9 | 2 Cor. 4:14-5:1

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

G9 | Luke 23:44-46, 50-53 

Psalm 25

To You, O Lord, I lift my soul.


We have a building from God, eternal in heaven.

E10 | 2 Cor. 5:1, 6:10


Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?

G10 | Luke 24:13-16, 28-35

Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation.

He will change our lowly bodies to conform to his glory.

E11 | Phil. 3:20-21

Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from death to life.

G11 | John 5:24-29

Psalm 42

My soul is thirsting for the living God:

when shall I see him face to face?


Thus we shall always be with the Lord.

E12 | 1 Thess. 4:13-18


Everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on the last day.

G12 | John 6:37-40

Psalm 63

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.


If We Have Died with him, We Shall Also Live with him.

E13 | 2 Tim. 2:8-13


Whoever eats this bread will live forever, and I will raise them up on the last day.

G 13 | John 6:51-59

Psalm 103

The Lord is kind and merciful.


We shall see him as he is.

E14| 1 John 3:1-2


I am the resurrection and the life

G 14 | John 11:21-27 

Psalm 116

I will walk in the presence of the Lord,

in the land of the living.


We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.

E15 | 1 John 3:14-16


Lazarus, come out!

G 15 | John 11:32-45

Psalm 122

I rejoiced when I heard them say;

let us go to the house of the Lord.



Funerals During Easter Time 


If it dies, it produces much fruit.

G 16 | John 12:23-28 

Psalm 130

Out of the depths, I cry to you, Lord.

 He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.

C8 | Acts 10:34-36, 42-43 


 In my Father's house there are many dwellings.

G 17 | John 14:1-6

 Psalm 143

O Lord, hear my prayer.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

C9 | Revelation 14:13

I wish that where I am they also may be with me.

G 18 | John 17:24-26

The dead were judged according to their deeds.

C10 | Revelation 20:11-21:1

And bowing his head he handed over his Spirit.

G 19 | John 19:17-18, 25-30

There shall be no more death.
C11 | Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7