1398033_10153174473877086_32141263581507988_oDear Families: The Lazarus Team, the liturgical ministers, the priests, the deacons and I extend our prayers and condolences to you at this time.  On this page you will find information concerning funeral liturgies at St. Justin the Martyr Parish.  The Catholic Faith teaches that death is not the end of our existence but a threshold into eternal life that will never end.  At death, our bodies and souls are separated.  While our mortal bodies are indeed destroyed in death, our souls are immortal and live forever.  Through the power of Christ’s redeeming Death and Resurrection, our souls will be reunited with transformed bodies in the final resurrection which will come at the end of the world.  Below you will find the appropriate Scripture readings  for the Funeral Mass. In Christ,  Father Mark

Note:   The Vatican clarified on Tuesday, October 26, 2016,  that Catholics may be cremated but should not have their ashes scattered at sea or kept in urns at home. According to new guidelines from the Vatican’s doctrinal office, cremated remains should be kept in a “sacred place” such as a church cemetery. Ashes should not be divided up between family members, “nor may they be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry or other objects.”

 OLD TESTAMENT FIRST READINGS (Note, during the Easter season, reading 1, 17, 18 or 19 from the New Testament  is used as the first reading instead of a reading from the Old Testament)

#1 (Job 19:1, 23-27a) A reading from the Book of Job

#2 (Wisdom 3:1-6, 9–Longer Form ) A reading from the Book of Wisdom

#2 (Wisdom 3:1-6, 9 Shorter Form) A reading from the Book of Wisdom

#3 (Wisdom 4:7-15) A reading from the Book of Wisdom

#4 (Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9) A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

#5 (Lamentations 3:17-26) A reading from the Book of Lamentatons

#6 (Daniel 12:1-3) A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel

#7 (2 Maccabees 12:43-46) A reading from the second Book of Maccabees

#8 (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11) A reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes

NEW TESTAMENT SECOND READINGS

#1 (Acts 10:34-43) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

#1 (Acts 10-34-36, 42-43–shorter form) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

#2 (Romans 5:5-11) A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

#3 (Romans 5:17-21) A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

#4 (Romans 6:3-9 Longer Form) A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

#4 (Romans 6:3-4, 8-9 Shorter Form) A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

#5 (Romans 8:14-23) A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

#6 (Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39) A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

#7 (Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12) A reading fro the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans

#8 (1 Corinthians 15:20-28–Longer Form) A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

#8 (1 Corinthians 15:20-23–Shorter Form) A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

#9 (1 Corinthians 15:51-57) A reading fro the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

#10 (2 Corinthians 4:14-5:1) A reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

#11 (2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10) A reading from the second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

#12 (Philippians 3:20-21) A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians

#13 (Thessalonians 4:13-18) A reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians

#14 (2 Timothy 2:8-13) A reading from the second Letter of St. Paul to Timothy

#15 (1 John 3:1-2) A reading from the first Letter of St. John

#16 (1 John 3:14-16) A reading from the first Letter of St. John

#17 (Revelation 14:13) A reading from the Book of Revelation

#18 (Revelation 20-11-21:l) A reading from the Book of Revelation

#19 (Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7)