The following readings are taken from the revised Lectionary for Mass, and give the full
text of the appointed Scripture readings for a funeral mass. You will need to chose:
• one Old Testament reading
• one New Testament reading (but not a Gospel reading)
Please remember that you can choose readers for only the first two readings. The readers
MUST be Catholic. The priest or deacon proclaims the Gospel.
Notes for the Reader
• Readings are proclaimed from the ambo(pulpit), located on the left side of the
sanctuary when looking at the altar. As the altar is the “table of the Lord’s supper,” the
ambo is the “table of God’s word.”
• Readings are proclaimed from the Lectionary, not from photocopied sheets. The
Lectionary will be placed on the ambo, containing your selected readings, in the order of
their proclamation: Old Testament reading, New Testament reading, then Gospel. The
General Intercessions will be read after the homily.
• Remember to read more slowly and deliberately than you would in normal
conversation. Our church building is a large room with its own acoustical requirements.
Reading too quickly or too softly will make the text unintelligible.
• The customary introduction/conclusion of a reading are as printed: “A reading from
the book/letter...” All Old and New Testament readings conclude with a few seconds of
silence, followed by “The Word of the Lord.” Please note that the Biblical citation
(chapter and verse numbers) is not read.