Funeral MassesIf you are involved in planning a funeral mass for a loved one, you may find this page of help in the preliminary planning process. Here we list a selection of Old and New Testament readings plus the Psalms and Gospel readings.
Use the following guide to help in making your selection:
- The First Reading usually comes from the list of Old Testament readings;
- The Psalm is usually sung with a response from the congregation between each verse. We have shown the selected psalms in their entirety. The responsorial version of the psalm that would be used at the mass would be taken from an appropriate hymnbook.
- The Second Reading is usually selected from the list of New Testament readings, other than the Gospel.
- The Gospel is read by the priest/celebrant but the First and Second readings would normally be read by family members or friends of the deceased.
We have also created a one page printable form that you can use to note your selections for use at a planning session with one of the priests.The following is a list of the various readings that you can make your selection from. Each link will open a PDF file that you can print, if you wish. Here is a link to a one page printable version of the list below that you may also find handy.