Requiem Mass - Choices for second reading

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans (6:3-9)

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death?
Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,
so we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his,
we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.
We know that our old self was crucified with him
so that the body of sin might be destroyed,
and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.
For whoever has died is freed from sin.
But if we have died with Christ,
we believe that we will also live with him.
We know that Christ, being raised from the dead,
will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.

The Word of the Lord.

OR

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Philippians (3:20-21)

Our citizenship is in heaven,
and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour,
the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will transform the body of our humiliation
that it may be conformed to the body of his glory,
by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.

The Word of the Lord.

OR

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans (14:7-12)

The life and death of each of us has its influence on others. If we live, we live for the Lord and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord.
This explains why Christ both died and came to life; it was so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
We shall all have to stand before the judgement seat of God; it is to God therefore, that each of us must give an account of himself.

The Word of the Lord.

OR

A reading from the first letter of John (3:1-2)

See what love the Father has given us,
that we should be called children of God;
and that is what we are.
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God's children now;
what we will be has not yet been revealed.
What we do know is this:
when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

The Word of the Lord.

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