O God, the Maker and Redeemer of all believers: Grant to the faithful departed the unsearchable benefits of the passion of your Son; that on the day of his appearing they may be manifested as your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen?
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD; 2
Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. 3
If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4
But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared. 5
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. 6
My soul waits for the Lord More than those who watch for the morning -- Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. 7
O Israel, hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption. 8
And He shall redeem Israel From all his iniquities. *At the end of the Psalms this is sung or said
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: * as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Old Testament 1
But righteous people are protected by God and will never suffer torment. 2
It is a foolish mistake to think that righteous people die and that their death is a terrible evil. 3
They leave us, but it is not a disaster. In fact, the righteous are at peace. 4
It might appear that they have suffered punishment, but they have the confident hope of immortality. 5
Their sufferings were minor compared with the blessings they will receive. God has tested them, like gold in a furnace, and found them worthy to be with him. He has accepted them, just as he accepts the sacrifices which his worshipers burn on the altar. 7
When God comes to reward the righteous, they will blaze out against the wicked like fire in dry straw. 8
They will rule over nations and peoples, and the Lord will be their king forever. 9
Those who have put their trust in God will come to understand the truth of his ways. Those who have been faithful will live with him in his love, for he is kind and merciful to the ones whom he has chosen. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
New Testament 13
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17
Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18
Therefore comfort one another with these words. Officiant: The Word of the Lord. The People:
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Introduction to the Gospel:
Deacon:The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you. Or And with your spirit
Deacon: May the Lord be on our minds, on our lips, and on our hearts as we hear His Holy Gospel. The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint John
People: Glory to You, Lord Christ.
Deacon: We are reading from John's Gospel chapter 5, beginning at verse 24
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25
Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26
For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27
and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
After the Gospel reading, the deacon can elevate the book and says:
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
People: Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.