Readings at Funerals

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  Question concerning funerals. My pastor said he heard that there are specific reading to be done at a funeral during Easter season that differ from those in the funeral book we all use. Can you give us clarification – we found nothing in the rubrics for the funeral book.


A:  Your pastor is correct. Look in the fourth volume of the Lectionary for Mass, starting at lectionary number 1012. You’ll see the first readings that come from the New Testament during the Season of Easter.

No Old Testament readings should be read at funerals during Easter Time, following the practice of Sunday and weekday masses.

If you have a second reading before the gospel, it also comes from the New Testament, as on a Sunday during Easter Time.