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FIRST READING

 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 people, 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 a furnace, He proved them, and as sacrificial offerings He took them to Himself.  Those who trust in Him shall understand the 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.

Instructions:

1)        Please have this reading in the Reader’s possession before the liturgy begins.

2)        This is the first reading from the Old Testament.

3)        The priest will announce when to come up to read.

4)        PLEASE read from the pulpit.

5)        PLEASE adjust the microphone so your voice reads into it.

6)        This reading takes place after the opening prayer.

SECOND READING

A READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF ST. 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, 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.

 THE WORD OF THE LORD.

Instructions:

1)  Please have this reading in the Reader’s possession before the liturgy begins.

2)  This is the second reading from the New Testament.

3)  The priest will announce when to come up to read.

4)  PLEASE read from the pulpit.

5)  PLEASE adjust the microphone so your voice reads into it.

6)  This reading takes place after the responsorial Psalm.

 

Prayer of the Faithful / General Intercessions

Priest:  God, the Almighty Father has raised Jesus from the dead; with confidence in his love and mercy, let us ask Him to save His people.

Lector:  Our response will be: LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER

Lector:  For (___________), who in baptism was given the pledge of eternal life, that (he/she) may now be admitted to the company of the saints, let us pray to the Lord.

Lector:  For our (brother/sister) who was nourished by the Body of Christ, the Bread of Life, that (he/she) may see God face to face, let us pray to the Lord.

Lector:  For those who bear the cross of pain in mind and body, may they never feel abandoned by God, let us pray to the Lord.

Lector:  For our military personnel assigned to dangerous missions throughout the world, that God may protect them from all harm, let us pray to the Lord.

Lector:  For all our deceased relatives and friends, that they may receive the reward of their goodness, let us pray to the Lord.

Lector:  For the family and friends of (__________), that they may be consoled in their grief by Jesus who wept at the death of Lazarus, we pray to the Lord.

Lector:  For all of us gathered here in faith, that we prepare ourselves worthily for the hour of our own death when God will call us by name from this world to the next, let us pray to the Lord.

Priest:   Heavenly Father, we entrust our (brother/sister) to your love and mercy. The old order has passed away; welcome (___________) into paradise where there will be no more sorrow or pain, but only peace and joy. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.