Order of Christian Funerals

Order of Christian Funerals
THE ORDER OF CHRISTIAN FUNERALS has three principal parts: the Vigil for the Deceased; the Funeral Mass or the Funeral Liturgy outside Mass; the Rite of Committal.

VIGIL FOR THE DECEASED

INTRODUCTORY RITES
Greeting
Opening Song
Invitation to Prayer
Opening Prayer

LITURGY OF THE WORD
Scripture Readings with Responsorial Psalm
Homily

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Litany
The Lord's Prayer
Concluding Prayer (A family member or friend may speak in remembrance of the deceased.)

CONCLUDING RITE
Blessing
Song and/or a few minutes of silent prayer

FUNERAL MASS

INTRODUCTORY RITES
Greeting & Sprinkling with Holy Water
Placing of the Pall (and Christian Symbols)
Entrance Procession
Song
Opening Prayer

LITURGY OF THE WORD
Scripture Readings with Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation
Homily
General Intercessions

LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Preparation of the Altar and the Gifts
Eucharistic Prayer
Communion Rite

FINAL COMMENDATION
Invitation to Prayer
Song of Farewell and Incense
Prayer of Commendation

PROCESSION TO THE PLACE OF COMMITAL

RITE OF COMMITTAL

Invitation
Scripture Verse
Prayer over the Place of Committal
Committal
Intercessions
The Lord's Prayer

Concluding Prayer

Prayer over the People

Readings for a Christian Funeral

These Readings are suggested in the Order of Christian Funerals.  At a funeral, one reading from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament and a Gospel are proclaimed.   (Click onto the Bible Gateway and enter a bible reference from the tables below to get the verse online.)

Old Testament

Job 19:1, 23-27
Wisdom 3:1-9
Wisdom 4:7-15
Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9
Lamentations 3:17-26
Daniel 12:1-3
2 Maccabees 12:43-46

New Testament

Acts 10:34-43
Romans 5:5-11
Romans 5:17-21
Romans 6:3-9
Romans 8:14-23
Romans 8:3lb-35, 37-39
Romans 14:7-9, l0b-12
I Corinthians 15:20-23, 24b-28
I Corinthians 15:51-57
2 Corinthians 4:14 -5:1
2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10
Philippians 3:20-21
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
2 Timothy 2:8-13
1 John 3:1-2
1 John 3:14-16
Revelation 14:13
Revelation 20:11 - 21:1
Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7

Gospel

Matthew 5:1-12a
Matthew 11:25-30
Matthew 25:1-13
Mathew 25:31-46
Mark 15:33-39, 16:1-6
Luke 7:11-17
Luke 12:35-40
Luke 23:33, 39-43
Luke 23: 44-46, 50, 52-53; 24:1-6a
Luke 24:13-35
John 5:24-29
John 6:37-40
John 6:51-58
John 11: 17-27
John 11:32-45