IV.  Liturgy of the Word             

  A.  First Reading:   (Select one reading only)      Often chosen.

 1.  Outside of Easter Season:  (Old Testament)

Maccabees 12:43-46
He acted in an excellent and noble way as he had the resurrection of the dead in view.

    Job 19:1, 23-27a 
    I know that my Vindicator lives.

      †  Wisdom 3:1-9 (Long Form), or Wisdom 3:1-6, 9 (Short Form)
           As sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.

Wisdom 4:7-15
As unsullied life, the attainment of old age.

      †  Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9
          He will destroy death forever.

           Lamentations 3:17-26
           It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.

           Daniel 12:1-3
           Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.

  2.  During Easter Season:  (New Testament)

          Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43 (Long Form),or 
            Acts of the Apostles 10:34-36, 42-43 (Short Form)
            He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.

     ,,,, ,,Revelation 14:13
            Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

 ……. .. Revelation 20:11-21:1
            The dead were judged according to their deeds.

……….Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7
           There shall be no more death.