Gospel Readings

There are 24 options for the Gospel Reading at the funeral mass. We encourage you to spend time in prayer with your family and loved ones to choose the reading which best speaks to the lost life. All taken from St. John the Baptist (MN) website.


  1. Matthew 5.1-12 “The Eight Beatitudes”
  2. Matthew 11.25-30 “come to me . . . and I will give you rest.”
  3. Matthew 25.1-13  “Look. The bridegroom comes. Go out to meet him”
  4. Matthew 25.31-46 “Come, you whom my Father has blessed”
  5. Mark 15.33-39 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
  6. Mark 15.33-39  “Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last”
  7. Luke 7.11-17  “Young man, I say to you, arise.”
  8. Luke 12.35-40  “Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,…”
  9. Luke 23.33.39-43  “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
  10. Luke 23.44-46.50.52-53 24.1-6a“Father, I put my life in your hands.”
  11. Luke 23.44-49 “Father into your hands I commend my spirit”
  12. Luke 24.13-16.28-35“Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer…”
  13. Luke 24.13-35 “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer…”
  14. John 5.24-29  “Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from…”
  15. John 6.37-40 “All who believe in the Son will have eternal life…”
  16. John 6.51-58 “All who eat this bread will live for ever….”
  17. John 11.17-27 “I am the resurrection and the life.”
  18. John 11.21-27“I am the resurrection and the life.”
  19. John 11.32-45 “Lazarus, come out.”
  20. John 12.23-28  “If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies…”
  21. John 12.23-26 “If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies…”
  22. John 14.1-6 “There are many rooms in my Father’s house.”
  23. John 17.24-26“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me…”
  24. John 19.17-18.25-39 “Jesus bowed his head and gave up his spirits.”

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