Readings for Baptized Children

 

Suggested Readings for Funerals
of Baptized Children

OLD TESTAMENT READINGS

Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9 "...he will destroy death forever..." 789,4

Lamentations 3:22-26 "...My portion is the Lord, says my soul..." 789,5

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.
 
What advantage has the worker from his toil?
I have considered the task that God has appointed for us to be busied about.
He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without our ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.
 


NEW TESTAMENT READINGS

Romans 6:3-4,8-9 "...We were indeed buried with him through baptism ..."

Romans 14:7-9 "...whether we live or die, we are the Lord's..."

1 Corinthians 15:20-23 "...But now Christ has been raised from the dead..."

Ephesians 1:3-5"...[He] has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens..."

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14,18 "...if we believe that Jesus died and rose..."

Revelation 7:9-10, 15-17 "...They will not hunger or thirst anymore ..."

Revelation 21:1a, 3-5a "... He will wipe every tear from their eyes ..."

RESPONSORIAL PSALMS

1 Psalm 23

2 Psalm 25

3 Psalm 42

4 Psalm 148

VERSES BEFORE THE GOSPEL

1 See Matthew 11:2

2 John 6:39

3 2 Corinthians 1:3b-4a

GOSPEL READINGS

Matthew 11:25-30 "...you have revealed them to the childlike ..."

Mark 10:13-16 "... Let the children come to me ..."

John 6:37-40 "... All who believe in the Son will have eternal life ..."

John 6:51-58 "... All who eat this bread will live for ever ..."

John 11:32-38,40 "... Lazarus, come out ..."

John 19:25-30 "... It is finished ..."