Old Testament Readings

There are 16 options for the Old Testament 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. 2 Maccabees 12.43-46 “…he made atonement for the dead…”
  2. Job 19 “…I know that my vindicator lives….”
  3. Ecclesiastes 3.1-15 (1) “…A time to be born, a time to die…”
  4. Ecclesiastes 3.1-8 “…A time to be born, a time to die…”
  5. Wisdom 3.1-9 “…The souls of the just are in the hand of God…”
  6. Wisdom 3.1-6.9“…The souls of the just are in the hand of God…”
  7. Wisdom 4.7-14“The Righteous One, though he die early, shall be at rest…”
  8. Sirach 2.1-11 “…in fire gold is tested….Compassionate is the Lord…”
  9. Isaiah 25.6.7-9 “…he will destroy death forever…”
  10. Isaiah 26.7-19“…your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise…”
  11. Isaiah 35.1-10 “…Here is your God, he comes with vindication…”
  12. Isaiah 40.1-11“…Here is your God, Here comes with power…”
  13. Lamentations 3.17-26“…My portion is the Lord, says my soul…”
  14. Ezekiel 37.12-14“O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise…”
  15. Daniel 12.1-3 “…the wise shall shine brightly…”
  16. Micah 7.7-9 “…though I sit in darkness, the Lord is my light…”

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