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First Reading A-1: Maccabees 12:43-46

A-1  A reading from the second Book of Maccabees 12:43-46

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.

First Reading A-2: Wisdom 3:1-6, 9 (Counsels of God on Suffering)

A-2 A reading from the Book of Wisdom 3:1-6, 9

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 in the eyes of 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.

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.

First Reading: A-3 - Wisdom 4:7-15 (On Early Death)

A-3 A reading from the Book of Wisdom 4:7-15

The just, though they 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,
and an unsullied life, the attainment of old age.

Those who pleased God were loved;
they who lived among sinners were transported–

Snatched away, lest wickedness pervert their mind
or deceit beguile their 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,
they reached the fullness of a long career;
for their souls were pleasing to the Lord,
therefore he sped them 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.

First Reading: A-4 / Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9 (The Mountain of the Lord)

A-4 A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9

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.

First Reading: A-5 / Lam. 3:17-26 (It is Good to Hope in the Lord)

A-5 A reading from the Book of Lamentations 3:17-26

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.

First Reading: A-6 / Eccles. 3:1-8 (For Everything There is a Season)

A-6   A reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes           3:1-11

  There is an appointed time for everything,

          and a time for every thing under the heavens.

 A time to be born, and a time to die;

           a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.

 A time to kill, and a time to heal;

           a time to tear down, and a time to build.

 A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

           a time to mourn, and a time to dance.

 A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;

           a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.

 A time to seek, and a time to lose;

           a time to keep, and a time to cast away.

 A time to rend, and a time to sew;

           a time to be silent, and a time to speak.

 A time to love, and a time to hate;

           a time of war, and a time of peace.

Easter Reading: AA-1 / Acts 10:34-36, 42-43 (Jesus Christ is Lord of All)

AA-1   A reading from the Acts of the Apostles    10:34-36, 42-43

 Peter proceeded to speak, saying:

 “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.

 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.

 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.

Easter Reading: AA-2 / Revelation 14:13 (Blessed...who Die in the Lord)

AA-2   A reading from the Book of Revelation                14:13

 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.

Easter Reading: AA-3 / Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7 (New Heaven and New Earth)

AA-3   A reading from the Book of Revelation          21:1-5a, 6b-7

I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth.

 The former heaven and the former earth had passed away,

      and the sea was no more.

 I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem,

      coming down out of heaven from God,

      prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

 I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

      “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race.

 He will dwell with them and they will be his people

      and God himself will always be with them as their God.

 He will wipe every tear from their eyes,

      and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain,

      for the old order has passed away.”

 The One who sat on the throne said,

      “Behold, I make all things new.”

 I am the Alpha and the Omega,

      the beginning and the end.

 To the thirsty I will give a gift

      from the spring of life-giving water.

 The victor will inherit these gifts,

      and I shall be his God,

      and he will be my son.”

 The word of the Lord.

Second Reading: B-1 - Romans 5:5-11 (Hope Does Not Disappoint)

B-1    A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans  5:5-11

 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 given 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.

Second Reading: B-2 - Romans 6:3-4, 8-9 (Freedom from Sin; Life in God)

B-2    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.

Second Reading: B-3 - Romans 8:14-23 (Children of God)

B-3     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.

Second Reading: B-4 - Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39 (God’s Love in Christ)

B-4     A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans   8:31b-35, 37-39

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.

Second Reading: B-5 - 1 Cor. 15:51-57 (Where, O Death, is your Victory?)

B-5    A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians  15:51-57 

 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, O death, is your victory?

          Where, O 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.

Second Reading: B-6 - Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12 (Live and Die for Christ)

 B-6    A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans    14:7-9, 10c-12

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.

The Word of the Lord. 

Second Reading: B-7 - 2 Tim. 4:6-8 (I Have Fought the Good Fight)

B-7     A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy  4:6-8

 Beloved:

 I am already being poured out like a libation,

 and the time of my departure is at hand.

 I have competed well; I have finished the race;

 I have kept the faith.

 From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,

 which the Lord, the just judge,

 will award to me on that day, and not only to me,

 but to all who have longed for his appearance.

 The word of the Lord.

Second Reading: B-8 - 2 Cor. 4:14-5:1 (Eternal Dwelling in Heaven)

B-8     A reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians  4:14, 5:1 

  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,

 Out 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 look 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.

Second Reading: B-9 - 2 Cor. 5:1, 6:10 (We Walk by Faith)

B-9     A reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians  5:1, 6-10 

Brothers and sisters:

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.

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.

Second Reading: B-10 - 1 Thess. 4:13-18 (Hope for the Christian Dead)

 B-10    A reading from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians 4:13-18

 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.

 The word of the Lord.

Second Reading: B-11 - 2 Tim. 2:8-13 (If We Have Died with Him...)

B-11   A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy     2:8-13

 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.

 The word of the Lord.