Bereavement Ministry

Grief is a journey or a process a person goes through in response to a loss of any kind. A major type of grief is the loss of a loved one through death.

The need for an ongoing ministry to the bereaved is very important due to the fact the pain of grief has no timetable and can last a very long time. Not long after the funeral is over when friends stop calling the most intense pain of grief begins. Our society does not prepare us for this journey and often gives the impression that we should be “over it” in a very short period of time. Yet there is no getting over someone we love…there is only the long reality of intense pain and deep loneliness of the grief journey.

Grief Ministry--- a death in the family affects us all- the immediate family as well as the entire family community of friends and acquaintances. The Bereavement Ministry of Mount Calvary Cemetery provides an outreach to the bereaved through assistance to families in planning the funeral liturgy, support groups, monthly Masses at the Cemetery Mausoleum, as well as a Memorial Day Mass in the cemetery.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Support groups for the bereaved can be very powerful in promoting healing, offering information, and providing the help needed to work through the grief and to re-adjust to life by the mutual support and encouragement of others. Since people attending the group have gone through similar losses they are able to listen and understand in an authentic way.

The support groups are offered each season, one-day or evening per week for a total of eight weeks

Some of the benefits of supports groups are:

Verbalizing thoughts and feelings
Support of others who are also grieving
Helps to realize they are not alone in their grief
CALL 603-622-3215 FOR MORE INFORMATION

MONTHLY MASS AT THE MAUSOLEUM

Each second Saturday of the month there is a Mass at the Cemetery Mausoleum at 9: AM. This Mass is offered for the families who experienced the loss of a loved one the previous month. During the Mass the names of those who died are mentioned for intercessory prayer.

ALL SOULS DAY

(November 2)

There is special Mass offered in the Mausoleum to remember all those who were buried in the Mount Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum during the previous year. The Mass is a beautiful time for reflection and remembrance.

GOOD FRIDAY

Each year on Good Friday all are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross outside in the cemetery as the youth group of Ste. Marie Parish prayerfully dramatizes them. This event draws hundreds of people from all walks of life. Many families make this an annual event in their Lenten Journey as we follow Jesus’ journey to Calvary.

MEMORIAL DAY MASS

This mass is celebrated to honor our beloved dead that died in service to our country. Many veteran groups and hundreds of families gather in prayer as we remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us.

FUNERAL MASS READINGS

Instructions

As a parish community we take this moment to express our deepest sympathy for you and your family over the loss of your loved one. We join with the Apostle who said that “when one part of the body of Christ suffers the whole body suffers.”

We have developed this booklet to assist you in your planning needs. We know that it is a difficult time for you but we hope that the you take the time to read the introduction which relates what we as Catholic believe in and hope in at the time of death.

Also included in this booklet are the Scripture readings which will be used at the Funeral Liturgy of your loved one. We ask that you choose three readings from the following sections (one from each section) that may be most appropriate for your loved one or have special meaning for your family.

1) Reading I: found on pages 6 - 11.
2) Reading II: found on pages 12 - 21.
3) Gospel reading: found on pages 21 - 36.

Today we trust that you know that you do not stand alone in your loss and we ask you to join with the Church and this community in the faith which proclaims that we are “certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”

Introduction

At the time of grief and sorrow over the death of a love one you may have many questions about the Catholic Church’s rituals. You are not alone in your questions, concerns and grief.

Our faith in the Paschal Mystery (the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ) reveals itself through the dying and death of each Christian. The following points are designed to help you reflect upon the meaning of what we do and believe at the time of a Christian’s death.

¨ In facing death, we are reminded that God has created each person for eternal life.

¨ We celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of life, which has now been returned to the author of life.

¨ At the death of a Christian, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased. We are confident in the conviction that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds of family, friendship and community that are forged in life.

¨ The Church through its funeral rites commends the dead to God’s merciful love and pleads for the forgiveness of their sins.

¨ The celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living.

¨ In the Eucharistic sacrifice, the Church celebrates Christ’s Passover from death to life. The faith of all the baptized is renewed and nourished in this Paschal Mystery.

In summary, we believe that in celebrating the funeral rites, we affirm and express the union of the Church on earth with the Church in heaven in the one great communion of saints. Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayers and intercession.

Why Do Catholics Bury their Dead with Dignity?

When we are baptized we believe that our bodies are marked with the seal of the Holy Trinity. Since we therefore becometemples of the Holy Spirit werespect and honor the bodies of the dead and the places where they rest.

Our customs associated with the preparation of the body of the deceased are always marked with dignity and reverence and never with the despair of those who have no hope. Preparation of the body therefore includes prayer, especially at those intimate moments reserved for family members.

For the final disposition of the body, it is the ancient Christian custom to bury or entomb the bodies of the dead. Cremation is permitted, unless it is evident that cremation was chosen for anti-Christian motives.

Who Can Receive the Rites of Christian Burial?

Every Catholic has the right to receive burial in the Catholic Church. Catechumens and children whose parents intended to have them baptized but died before baptism may also receive the rite of Christian Burial. Members of other Christian faith traditions receive the funeral rites of their own Church unless their minister is unavailable or the deceased was not active in his/her denomination and a Catholic family member has requested it.

The Three Stations

When a member of the faithful has died the Church identifies three stations for the celebration of the rite of Christian burial:

¨ The Vigil (Wake)
¨ The celebration of the Eucharist (Mass)
¨ The Committal (the place of internment, burial and mourning)

The Vigil Service

The Vigil for the deceased, commonly known as the Wake, is the initial rite celebrated by the Christian community at the time following death and before the funeral liturgy and the rite of committal.

The Vigil may take place in either the parish church or in a funeral home. It may also take place in the home.

The celebration of the Vigil is the time for the Christian community to offer both prayer and consolation to the members of the bereaved family; to read and reflect on the Word of God; to call upon our God of Mercy through intercessory prayer; and to provide an opportunity for family and friends to recall the memory of their loved one. Other prayers, such as the Rosary, are also encouraged since they help us to reflect upon the Paschal Mystery and so lead us to a greater sense of hope at this time of grief.

The Mass of Christian Burial

For Catholics the celebration of the Mass is both the source and the summit of our faith. Hence, when we celebrate the Mass at the time of death it is seen as the fullest expression of our faith in God’s abundant mercy, our hope in the resurrection of the dead and the love that God has for us which is not extinguished even by death.

As a expression of our faith in Jesus Christ we actively participate in the Funeral Mass. Family members choose the Scripture readings for the Mass, cover the casket with the pall, place Christian symbols on the casket (crucifix, bible), present the bread and wine at the preparation rite and may join the music ministry in song.

Members of the parish community also participate in the funeral liturgy and join with the bereaved family in the celebration of the funeral rites by proclaiming the Word, leading the faithful in song, serving at the altar and if needed, helping with the distribution of communion.

The parish priest always preaches at the Funeral Mass. By preaching on Jesus Christ, who conquered death by his victory on the Cross, the priest consoles the family in their loss and challenges the community to live more faithful lives.

A eulogy differs from a homily and consists of a reflection on the life of the deceased and how this person touched the lives of others. Eulogies may be shared at the Vigil or after the Committal. Eulogies are not given at Mass.

The Rite of Committal

The Rite of Committal is celebrated at the grave, tomb or crematorium and may also be used for burial at sea. The committal may also be celebrated at a Mausoleum or Cemetery chapel in the case of inclement weather.

Through the committal of the body to its place of rest, we express our hope that the deceased will experience the glory of the resurrection.

What is Special about Catholic Cemeteries?

We believe that the Catholic Cemetery is sacred land and has been blessed and consecrated by the Church for the specific use of Christian burial.

This sacred nature is directly related to the Church’s belief in the resurrection of the body and the final consummation of the world.

Who Can Be Buried In A Catholic Cemetery?

In addition to those practicing Catholics, those who have fallen away from the Catholic faith or those who have joined another Christian faith may be buried in a Catholic Cemetery. They may have either a priest, deacon or a minister of their faith tradition celebrate the particular ritual for commendation and burial.

Non-Catholic spouses and family of Catholics may be buried in a Catholic cemetery and may have either a priest or deacon celebrate the rites of burial provided their own minister is unavailable.

Many Catholic cemeteries have a reserved area for the burial of stillborn children and those who have been aborted.

Is Cremation Allowed in the Catholic Church?

While the Church encourages burial or entombment, after the manner of Christ’s own burial, out of respect for the human body and belief in the resurrection, cremation may be chosen for a sufficient reason, such as:

¨ Hygienic or other reasons of a public or private nature.
¨ Transfer of the remains to/from a distant place.
¨ Possible avoidance of considerable expense.
¨ National tradition or custom.
¨ It was the specific choice of the individual before death or the family after death.

When cremation is designated, the funeral rites are conducted in the usual way with the body present and cremation taking place after the celebration of the Funeral Mass at the church.

In unusual circumstances when the bodily remains are cremated before the Funeral Mass we still celebrate the Mass but with the cremated remains present in the church.

The cremated remains are always buried or inurned. They are not buried on private land but in consecrated ground in a cemetery. The urn may be buried at sea. The cremated remains may not be spread out over the sea, waters or on the land.

Final Thoughts on Catholic Funerals

¨ Contact your parish priest when your loved one is dying and ask him to visit him/her. When the priest arrives normally he will administer the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and give your loved one Viaticum (“food for the journey,” a term denoting the last time one receives the Eucharist). He will also pray the prayers for the commendation of the dying. If death was sudden than the priest will pray the prayers for the dead.

¨ It is good to plan ahead of time. Many funeral homes and cemeteries have advanced planning. Talk to your parish priest about what is and what is not permitted at funerals and write in your will what you would like.

¨ At times when death catches us off guard we may not always remember that the Funeral Rites are liturgical rites of the Church. Therefore, please understand if the priest cannot accommodate such requests such as a specific poem, song or article that was your loved one’s favorite. There are other moments outside of the liturgy when you can share these things with your family and friends.
Funerals are a time for God’s grace and mercy in your life. Open your heart to receive his blessings and place your hope in the resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ.

MASSES FOR THE DEAD

Reading I
(from the Old Testament)

Reading #1 2 MACCABEES 12:43-46 Page 6

A reading from the second Book of Maccabees

Judas, the ruler of Israel,
took up a collection among all his soldiers,
amounting to two thousand silver drachmas,
which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an
expiatory sacrifice.
In doing this he acted in a very excellent
and noble way,
inasmuch as he had the resurrection
of the dead in view;
for if he were not expecting the fallen
to rise again,
it would have been useless and foolish to pray
for them in death.
But if he did this with a view to the
splendid reward
that awaits those who had gone to rest
in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought.
Thus he made atonement for the dead
that they might be freed from this sin.

The word of the Lord.

Reading# 2 JOB 19:1, 23-27a Page 6
A reading from the Book of job

Job answered Bildad the Shuhite and said:
Oh, would that my words were written down!
Would that they were inscribed in a record:
That with an iron chisel and with lead
they were cut in the rock forever!
But as for me, I know that my Vindicator lives
and that he will at last stand forth upon the dust
Whom I myself shall see:
my own eyes, not another's, shall behold him.
And from my flesh I shall see God;
my inmost being is consumed with longing.

The word of the Lord.

Reading # 3 WISDOM 3:1-9 Page 7

A reading from the Book of Wisdom

The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish,
to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them
to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
They shall judge nations and rule over people
and the Lord shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones
and his care is with his elect.

The word of the Lord.

Reading# 4 WISDOM 4:7-15 Page 7

A Reading form the Book of Wisdom

The just man, those he die early,
shall be at rest.
For the age that is honorable comes not
with the passing of time,
nor can it be measured in terms of years.
Rather, understanding is the hoary crown for men,
and an unsullied life, the attainment of old age.
He who pleased God was loved;
he who lived among sinners was transported -
Snatched away, lest wickedness pervert his mind
or deceit beguile his soul;
For the witchery of paltry things obscures
what is right
and the whirl of desire transforms the
innocent mind.

Having become perfect in a short while,
he reached the fullness of a long career;
for his soul was pleasing to the Lord,
therefore he sped him out of the midst
of wickedness.
But the people saw and did not understand,
nor did they take this into account.

The Word of the Lord.

Reading # 5 ISAIAH 25:6a,7-9 Page 8

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 reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the Lord has spoken.
On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the Lord for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”

The Word of the Lord.

Reading #6 LAMENTATIONS 3:17-26 Page 9

A reading from the Book of Lamentations

My soul is deprived of peace,
I have forgotten what happiness is;
I tell myself my future is lost,
all that I hoped for from the Lord.
The thought of my homeless poverty
is wormwood and gall;
Remembering it over and over
leaves my soul downcast within me.
But I will call this to mind,
as my reason to have hope:

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.

Reading #7 DANIEL 12:1-3 Page 9

A reading from the Book of Daniel

In those days, I, Daniel, mourned
and heard this word of the Lord:
At that time there shall arise
Michael, the great prince,
guardian of your people;
It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress
since nations began until that time.

At that time your people shall escape,
everyone who is found written in the book.

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth
shall awake;
Some shall live forever,
others shall be an everlasting horror
and disgrace.

But the wise shall shine brightly
like the splendor of the firmament,
And those who lead the many to justice
shall be like the stars forever.

The word of the Lord.

Reading I from the New Testament
(during the Season of Easter only)

Reading #1 ACTS 10:34-43 Page 10

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Peter proceeded to speak, saying:
"In truth, I see that God shows no partially.
Rather, in every nation whoever fears him
and acts uprightly
is acceptable to him.
You know the word that he sent to the children
of Israel
as he proclaimed peace through Jesus Christ
who is Lord of all,
what has happened all over Judea,
beginning in Galilee after the baptism
that John preached,
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
with the Holy Spirit and power.

He went about doing good
and healing all those oppressed by the Devil,
for God was with him.
We are witnesses of all that he did
both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.
This man God raised on the third day
and granted that he be visible,
not to all the people, but to us,
the witnesses chosen by God in advance,
who ate and drank with him after he rose
from the dead.

He commissioned us to preach to the people
and testify that he is the one appointed by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
To him all the prophets bear witness,
that everyone who believes in him
will receive forgiveness of sins through
his name.”

The Word of the Lord.

Reading #2 REVELATION 14:13 Page 11

A reading from the Book of Revelation

I, John, heard a voice from heaven say,
"Write this:
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.
"Yes," said the Spirit, "let them find rest from their labors,
for their works accompany them."

The word of the Lord.

Reading #3 REVELATION 20:11-21:1 Page 11

A reading from the Book of Revelation

I, John, saw a large white throne and the one
who was sitting on it.
The earth and the sky fled from his presence
and there was no place for them.
I saw the dead, the great and the lowly,
standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened.
Then another scroll was opened, the book of Life.
The dead were judged according to their deeds,
by what was written in the scrolls.
The sea gave up its dead; then Death and Hades gave up their dead.
All the dead were judged according to their deeds.
Then Death and Hades were thrown into
the pool of fire. (This pool of fire is the second death.)
Anyone whose name was not found written in
the book of life was thrown into the pool of fire.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.
The former heaven and the former earth
had passed away,
and the sea was no more.

The Word of the Lord.

Reading II
(from the New Testament)

Reading #1 ROMANS 5:5-11 Page 12

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
Hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out
into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who has been to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die
for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person
one might even find courage to die.

But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died
for us.
How much more then, since we are now justified
by his Blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death
of his Son,
how much more, once reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.

Not only that,
but we also boast of God through our Lord
Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received
reconciliation.

The word of the Lord.

Reading # 2 ROMANS 5:17-21 Page 12

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
If, by the transgression of the one,
death came to reign through that one,
how much more will those who receive the
abundance of grace
and of the gift of justification
come to reign in life through the one
Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, just as through one transgression
condemnation came upon all,
so, through one righteous act,
acquittal and life came to all.
For just as through the disobedience
of the one man
the many were made sinners,
so through the obedience
of the one the many will be made righteous.
The law entered in so that transgression
might increase
but, where sin increased, grace overflowed all
the more, so that,
as sin reigned in death,
grace also might reign through justification
for eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Word of the Lord.

Reading # 3 ROMANS 6:3-9 Page 13

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

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.

For if we have grown into union with him
through a death like his,
we shall also be united with him in the
resurrection.
We know that our old self was crucified with him,
so that our sinful body might be done away with,
that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.
For a dead person has been absolved from sin.

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.

Reading # 4 ROMANS 8:14-23 Page 14

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

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 first fruits of the Spirit,
we also groan within ourselves
as we wait for adoption, the redemption
of our bodies.

The word of the Lord.

Reading 5 ROMANS 8:31b-35, 37-39 Page 15

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He did not spare his own Son
but handed him over for us all,
will he not also give us everything else
along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God's
chosen ones?
It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?
It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised,
who also is at the right hand of God,
who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress or persecution, or famine
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things,
we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature
will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The word of the Lord.

Reading #6 ROMANS 14:7-9, 10c-12 Page # 15

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
No one lives for oneself,
and no one dies for oneself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord,
and if we die, we die for the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die,
we are the Lord's.
For this is why Christ died and came to life,
that he might be Lord of both the dead
and the living.
Why then do you judge your brother?
Or you, why do you look down on your brother?
For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God;
for it is written:

As I live, says the Lord, every knee
shall bend before me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.

So then each of us shall give an accounting of himself to God.

The word of the Lord.

Reading #7 I CORINTHIANS 15:20-28 Page 16

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Christ has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through a man,
the resurrection of the dead came also
through man.
For just as in Adam all die,
so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
but each one in proper order:
Christ the firstfruits;
then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;
then comes the end,
when he hands over the Kingdom to his God
and Father.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies
under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death,
for "he subjected everything under his feet.
But when it says that everything
has been subjected,
it is clear that it excludes the one
who subjected everything to him.
When everything is subjected to him,
then the Son himself will also be subjected
to the one who subjected everything to him,
so that God may be all in all.

The word of the Lord.
Reading #8 I CORINTHIANS 15:51-57 Page 17

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Behold, I tell you a mystery.
We shall not all fall asleep, but we will all
be changed,
in an instant, in the blink of an eye,
at the last trumpet.
For the trumpet will sound,
the dead will be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.
For that which is corruptible
must clothe itself with incorruptibility,
and that which is mortal
must clothe itself with immortality.
And when this which is corruptible clothes itself
with incorruptibility
and this which is mortal clothes itself with immortality,
then the word that is written shall come about:

Death is swallowed up in victory.
Where, 0 death, is your victory?
Where, 0 death, is your sting?

The sting of death is sin,
and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The word of the Lord.

Reading #9 2 CORINTHIANS 4:14-5:1 Page 17

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Knowing that the One who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus
and place us with you in his presence.
Everything indeed is for you,
so that the grace bestowed in abundance on
more and more people
may cause the thanksgiving to overflow
for the glory of God.
Therefore, we are not discouraged;
rather, although our outer self is wasting away,
our inner self is being renewed day by day.
For this momentary light affliction
is producing for us an eternal weight of glory
beyond all comparison,
as we took not to what is seen
but to what is unseen;
for what is seen is transitory, but what is
unseen is eternal.

For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent,
should be destroyed,
we have a building from God,
a dwelling not made with hands,
eternal in heaven.

The word of the Lord.

Reading #10 1 CORINTHIANS 5:1,6-10 Page 18

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
We know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent,
should be destroyed,
we have a building from God,
dwelling not made with hands,
eternal in heaven.

We are always courageous,
although we know that while we are at home
in the body
we are away from the Lord,
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
Yet we are courageous,
and we would rather leave the body
and go home to the Lord.
Therefore, we aspire to please him,
whether we are at home or away.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat
of Christ,
so that each may receive recompense,
according to what he did in the body,
whether good or evil.

The word of the Lord.

Reading #11 PHILIPPIANS 3:20-21 Page 19

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians

Brothers and sisters:
Our citizenship is in heaven,
and from it we also await a savior, the Lord
Jesus Christ.

He will change our lowly body
to conform with his glorified Body
by the power that enables him also
to bring all things into subjection to himself.

The word of the Lord.

Reading #12 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-18 Page 19

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers
and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest,
who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive,
who are left until the coming of the Lord,
will surely not precede those
who have fallen asleep.

For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with
the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven,
and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left,
will be caught up together with them
in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore, console one another with these words.

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Reading #13 2 TIMOTHY 2:8-13 Page 14

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

Beloved:
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,
a descendant of David:
such is my Gospel, for which I am suffering,
even to the point of chains, like a criminal.
But the word of God is not chained.
Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake
of those who are chosen,
so that they too may obtain the salvation
that is in Christ Jesus.
together with eternal glory.
This saying is trustworthy:
If we have died with him
we shall also live with him;
if we persevere
we shall also reign with him.
But if we deny him
he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny himself.

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Reading #14 1 John 3:1-2 Page 20

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so 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 shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall
be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.

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Reading #15 1 John 3:14-16 Page 21

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John

Beloved:
We know that we have passed from death to life
because we love our brothers.
Whoever does not love remains in death.
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer,
and you know that no murderer has eternal life
remaining in him.
The way we came to know love
was that he laid down his life for us;
so we ought to lay down our lives
for our brothers.

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Gospel Readings
Reading III

Gospel #1 MATTHEW 5:1-12a Page 21

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went
up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples
came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and
persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you
falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven."

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Gospel #2 MATTHEW 11:25-30 Page 22

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time Jesus answered:
"I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven
and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me
by my Father.
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to
reveal him.

"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

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Gospel #3 MATTHEW 25:1-13 Page 22

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
"The Kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet
the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

At midnight, there was a cry,
'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to
meet him!'
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed
their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
'Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.'
But the wise ones replied,
'No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some
for yourselves.'
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the
wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!'
But he said in reply,
'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.'
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour."

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Gospel #4 MATTHEW 25:31-46 Page 23

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples:
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory,
and all the angels with him,
he will sit upon his glorious throne,
and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from another,
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right
and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right,
'Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.'

Then the righteous will answer him and say,
'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?'
And the king will say to them in reply,
'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of these least brothers of mine,
you did for me.'

Then he will say to those on his left,
'Depart from me, you accursed,
into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil
and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no food,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no welcome,
naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison,
and you did not care for me.'

Then they will answer and say,
'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison,
and not minister to your needs?'

He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.'
And these will go off to eternal punishment,
but the righteous to eternal life."

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Gospel #5 Mark 15:33-39; 16:1-6 Page 25

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

At noon darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon.
And at three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice.
"Eloi, Doi, lema sabachthani?"
which is translated,
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Some of the bystanders who heard it said,
"Look, he is calling Elijah."
One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine,
put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying,
"Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take
him down."
Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two
from top to bottom.
When the centurion who stood facing him
saw how he breathed his last he said,
"Truly this man was the Son of God!"

When the sabbath was over,
Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James,
and Salome
bought spices so that they might go
and anoint him.
Very early when the sun had risen,
on the first day of the week, they came to
the tomb.
They were saying to one another,
"Who will roll back the stone for us
from the entrance to the tomb?"
When they looked up,
they saw that the stone had been rolled back;
it was very large.

On entering the tomb they saw a young man
sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe,
and they were utterly amazed.
He said to them, "Do not be amazed!
You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here.
Behold the place where they laid him."

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Gospel #6 LUKE 7:11-17 Page 26

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus journeyed to a city called Naim,
and his disciples and a large crowd
accompanied him.
As he drew near to the gate of the city,
a man who had died was being carried out,
the only son of his mother, and she was a widow.
A large crowd from the city was with her.
When the Lord saw her,
he was moved with pity for her and said to her,
“Do not weep.”
He steeped forward and touched the coffin;
at this the bearers halted,
and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Fear seized them all, and they glorified God,
exclaiming,
“A great prophet has arisen in our midst,”
and “God has visited his people.”
This report about him spread through the whole
of Judea
and in all the surrounding region.

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Gospel #7 LUKE 12:35-40 Page 26

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s
return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes
and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed
to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.

Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour
you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”

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Gospel #8 LUKE 23:33, 39-43 Page 27

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

When the soldiers came to the place called
the Skull,
they crucified Jesus and the criminals there,
one on his right, the other on his left.

Now one of the criminals hanging there
reviled Jesus, saying,
"Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us."
The other man, however, rebuking him,
said in reply,
"Have you no fear of God,
for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
for the sentence we received corresponds
to our crimes,
but this man has done nothing criminal."
Then he said,
"Jesus, remember me when you come
into your Kingdom."

He replied to him,
"Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise."

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Gospel #9 LUKE 23:44-46, 50, 52-53 Page 28

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

It was about noon and darkness came over
the whole land
until three in the afternoon
because of an eclipse of the sun.
Then the veil of the temple was torn
down the middle.
Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”;
and when he had said this he breathed his last

Now there was a virtuous and righteous man
named Joseph who,
though he was a member of the council,
went to Pilate and asked for the Body of Jesus
After he had taken the Body down,
he wrapped it in a linen cloth
and laid him in a rockhewn tomb
in which no one had yet been buried.

At daybreak on the first day of the week
the women took the spices they had prepared
and went to the tomb.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
but when they entered,
they did not find the Body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were puzzling over this, behold,
two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.
They were terrified and bowed their faces
to the ground.
They said to them,
"Why do you seek the living one among
the dead?
He is not here, but he has been raised."

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Gospel # 10 LUKE 24:13-16, 28-35 Page 28

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

That very day, the first day of the week,
two of the disciples of Jesus were going
to a village called Emmaus,
seven miles from Jerusalem,
and they were conversing about all the things
that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were
conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented
from recognizing him.
As they approached the village to which
they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going
on farther.
But they urged him, "Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is
almost over."
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them
at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they
recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
"Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened
the Scriptures to us?”

So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the Eleven and those with them,
who were saying,
"The Lord has truly been raised and
has appeared to Simon!"
Then the two recounted
what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them
in the breaking of the bread.

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Gospel #11 JOHN 5:24-29 Page 29

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus answered the Jews and said to them:
"Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears
my word
and believes in the one who sent me
has eternal life and will not come to
condemnation,
but has passed from death to life.
Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming
and is now here
when the dead will hear the voice of the
Son of God,
and those who hear will live.
For just as the Father has life in himself,
so also he gave to the Son the possession of
in himself.
And he gave him power to exercise judgment,
because he is the Son of Man.
Do not be amazed at this,
because the hour is coming in which all
who are in the tombs
will hear his voice and will come out,
those who have done good deeds
to the resurrection of life,
but those who have done wicked deeds
to the resurrection of condemnation.

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Gospel # 12 JOHN 6:37-40 Page 30

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to the crowds:
"Everything that the Father gives me will come
to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do
my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what
he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son
and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day."

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Gospel #13 John 6:51-59 Page 31

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to the crowds:
“I am the living bread that came down
from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give is my Flesh
for the life of the world."

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
"How can this man give us his Flesh to eat?"

Jesus said to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man
and drink his Blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my Flesh is true food,
and my Blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood
remain sin me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever who eats this bread will live forever."

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JOHN 11:17‑27

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

When Jesus arrived in Bethany, he found that Lazarus two miles away. Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus"Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you."Jesus said to her,"Your brother will rise."Martha said to him,“I know he will rise,in the resurrection on the last day.”Jesus told her,“I am the resurrection and the life;whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,and everyone who lives and believes in mewill never die.Do you believe this?”She said to him, “Yes, Lord.I have come to believe that you are the Christ,the Son of God,the one who is coming into the world.”
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Gospel #15 JOHN 11:32-45 Page 32

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

When Mary came to were Jesus was and saw him,she fell at his feet and said to him,

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Gospel #16 JOHN 12:23‑28 Page 33

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to his disciples: "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life will lose it, and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.The Father will honor whoever serves me."I am troubled now. Yet what should I say?
'Father, save me from this hour'? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name."Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it and will glorify it again."
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Gospel #17 JOHN 14:1‑6 Page 34

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.Thomas said to him, "Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?"Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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Gospel #18 JOHN 17:24‑26 Page 35

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: "Father, those whom you gave me are your gift
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to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not
know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me.I made known to them your name
and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them."

Gospel # 19 JOHN 19:17‑18, 25‑39 Page 35

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself, he went out to what is called
the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple
whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother."And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. After this, aware that everything was now finished,in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled. Jesus said, "I thirst."
There was a vessel filled with common wine.So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig
of hyssop and put it up to his mouthWhen Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
"It is finished."And bowing his head, he handed over the Spirit.Now since it was preparation day,
in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified
with Jesus.But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately Blood and water flowed out.
An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true; he knows that he is speaking the truth, so that you also may come to believe.For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled:Not a bone of it will be broken.And again another passage says: They will look upon him whom they have pierced.
After this, Joseph of Arimathea,secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews,asked Pilate if he could remove the Bodyof Jesus.And Pilate permitted it.So he came and took his Body.Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night,also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloe weighing about onehundred pounds.

to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not
know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me.I made known to them your name
and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them."

would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.Thomas said to him, "Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?"Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.No one comes to the Father except through me.”

will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.The Father will honor whoever serves me."I am troubled now. Yet what should I say?
'Father, save me from this hour'? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name."Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it and will glorify it again."
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“Lord, if you had been here,my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping,
he became perturbed and deeply troubled,and said,
“Where have you laid him?”They said to him, “Sir, come and see.” And Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”But some of them said,“Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?”
So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,“Lord, by now there will be a stench;
he has been dead for four days.”Jesus said to her,“Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this,
that they may believe that you sent me.” And when he had said this, he cried out in a load voice,“Lazarus, come out!” The dad man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to the crowd, “Untie him and let him go.” Now many of the Jews who had come to Maryand seen what he had done began to believe in Him.

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