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First Reading

 

1.    A reading from Isiah (43:1)

But now thus says the Lord who created you, who formed you. Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you: I have called you by your name, you are mine. Should you pass through the sea, I will be with you; or through the rivers, they will not swallow you up. Should you walk through fire, you will not be scorched and the flames will not burn you. For I am your God, the Holy One, your savior. Because you are precious in my eyes, because you are honoured and I love you.

This is the Word of the Lord

2.    (Male version) A Reading from the Book of Wisdom (4,7-15)

The virtuous one, though he dies before his time, will find rest. Length of days is not what makes age honourable, nor number of years the true measure of life; understanding, untarnished life, this is ripe old age. He has sought to please God, so God has loved him; As he was living among sinners, he has been taken up. He has been carried off so that evil may not warp his understanding or treachery seduce his soul; For the fascination of evil throws good things into the shade, and the whirlwind of desire corrupts a simple heart. Coming to perfection in so short a while, he achieved long life; his soul being pleasing to the Lord, he has taken him quickly from the wickedness around him. Yet people look on, uncomprehending; it does not enter their heads that grace and mercy await the chosen of the Lord, And protection his holy ones.

This is the Word of the Lord

 
2.    (female version) A Reading from the Book of Wisdom (4,7-15)

The virtuous one, though she dies before her time, will find rest. Length of days is not what makes age honourable, nor number of years the true measure of life; understanding, untarnished life, this is ripe old age. She has sought to please God, so God has loved her; As she was living among sinners, she has been taken up. She has been carried off so that evil may not warp her understanding or treachery seduce her soul; For the fascination of evil throws good things into the shade, and the whirlwind of desire corrupts a simple heart. Coming to perfection in so short a while, she achieved long life; her soul being pleasing to the Lord, she has taken her quickly from the wickedness around her. Yet people look on, uncomprhending; it does not enter their heads that grace and mercy await the chosen of the Lord, And protection his holy ones.

This is the Word of the Lord

3.    A reading from the Book of Wisdom                 ( Eccleciastes  3:1-11)

There is a season for everything, a time for occupation under heaven.

A time for giving birth, a time for dying;

          a time for planting, a time for uprooting what has been planted.

A time for killing, a time for healing;

          a time for knocking down, and a time for building.

A time for tears and a time for laughter;

          a time for mourning, and a time for dancing.

A time for throwing stones away, and a time for gathering them up;

          a time for embracing, and a time to refrain from embracing.

A time for searching, and a time for losing;

          a time for keeping, and a time for throwing away.

A time for tearing and a time for sewing;

          a time for keeping silent, and a time for speaking.

A time for loving, and a time for hating;

          a time for war, and a time of peace.

 What does a man gain for the efforts that he makes? I contemplate the task that God gives mankind to labour at. All that he does is apt for its time; but though he has permitted man to consider time in its wholeness, man cannot comprehend the work of God from beginning to end.

The word of the Lord.

4. A Reading from the Book of Job (19,1.23-27)
Job said: "O that these words of mine were written down, inscribed on some monument. with iron and chisel and engraving tool, cut into the rock for ever. This I know: that my Avenger lives, and he, at last, will take his stand on earth. After my awakening, he will set me close to him, and from my flesh I shall look on God. He whom I shall see will take my part: These eyes will gaze on him and find him not aloof".

This is the Word of the Lord

5) A Reading from the book of Wisdom (3,1-6,9)

The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them. In the eyes of the foolish they did appear to die, and their departure was thought to be a disaster, and their going from us, to be their destruction, but they are at peace. For though in the sight of others they were punished, their hope is full of immortality. Having being disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself; like gold in the furnace he tried them, and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them. Those who trust in him will understand the truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love; because grace and mercy are upon her holy ones, and he watches over her elect.

This is the Word of the Lord

6) A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah (25,6-9)
On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food. On this mountain He will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples, and the shroud enwrapping all nations, He will destroy death for ever. The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek; he will take away his people’s shame everywhere on earth, for the Lord has said so. That day, it will be said: See, this is our God in whom we hoped for salvation; the Lord is the one in whom we hoped. We exult and rejoice that he has saved us.

This is the Word of the Lord

7) A Reading from the Book of Lamentations (3,17-26)
My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is; so I say, "Gone is my glory, and all that I hoped for from the Lord". The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is gall to me! My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him". The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

This is the Word of the Lord


8) A Reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Romans 14:7-12
 (Alive or dead, we belong to the Lord)

We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God." So then, each of us will be accountable to God.

This is the Word of the Lord

9) A reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to Timothy (2,8-13)
Remember the Good News that I carry: “Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, sprung from the race of David”: it is on account of this that I have my own hardships to bear, even to being chained like a criminal – but they cannot chain up God’s news. So I bear it all for the sake of those who are chosen so that they also may obtain the glory that comes with it.

Here is a saying you can rely on:
If we have died with him, then we shall live with him.
If we hold firm, then we shall reign with him.
If we disown him, then he will disown us.
We may be unfaithful, but he is always faithful,
For he cannot disown his own self.

This is the Word of the Lord

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