First Reading
Prayers of the Faithful
Second Reading

1)   A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 6:3-4, 8-9

Brothers and sisters:

Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus

     were baptized into his death?

We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,

     so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead

     by the glory of the Father,

     we too might live in newness of life.

If, then, we have died with Christ,

     we believe that we shall also live with him.

We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;

     death no longer has power over him.

The word of the Lord.

2)   A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans       8:14-23

Brothers and sisters:

Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,

     but you received a spirit of adoption,

     through which we cry, Abba, “Father!”

The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit

     that we are children of God,

     and if children, then heirs,

     heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ,

     if only we suffer with him

     so that we may also be glorified with him.

 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing

     compared with the glory to be revealed for us.

For creation awaits with eager expectation

     the revelation of the children of God;

     for creation was made subject to futility,

     not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it,

     in hope that creation itself

     would be set free from slavery to corruption

     and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.

We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;

     and not only that, but we ourselves,

     who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,

     we also groan within ourselves

     as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies

 The word of the Lord.

3)   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

4) A reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (15,20-28)
Christ has risen from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all die in Adam, so all will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order; Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the Kingdom to God the Father. For he must be King until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death, for everything is to be put under his feet. Though when it is said that everything is subjected, this clearly cannot include the One who subjected everything to him. And when everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subject in his turn to the one who subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in all.

This is the Word of the Lord

5) A Reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (15,51-57)
I will tell you something that has been secret: that we are not all going to die, but we shall all be changed. This will be instantaneous, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet sounds. It will sound, and the dead will be raised, imperishable, and we shall be changed as well, because our present perishable nature must put on imperishability and this mortal nature must put on immortality.

When this perishable nature has put on imperishability, and when this mortal nature has put on immortality, then the words of Scripture will come true: Death is swallowed up in victory.
Death where is your victory?
Death where is your sting? Now the sting of sin is death, and sin gets its power from the Law.
So let us thank God for giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is the Word of the Lord

6) A Reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians (4,13-18)
We want you to be quite certain, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, to make sure that you do not grieve about them like the other people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus: God will bring them with him.We can tell you this from the Lord’s own teaching that any of us who are left alive until the Lord’s coming will not have any advantage over those who have died. At the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the first to rise, and those of us who are still alive will be taken up in the clouds, together with them, to meet the Lord in the air. So we shall stay with the lord forever. With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another.

This is the Word of the Lord

6) A Reading from the First Letter of St John 3:1-2
(We shall see him as he really is)

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

This is the Word of the Lord


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