In him the hope of blessed resurrection has dawned,
that those saddened by the certainty of dying
might be consoled by the promise of immortality to come.
Indeed for your faithful, Lord,
life is changed not ended,
and, when this earthly dwelling turns to dust,
an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven.
Preface I for the Dead, The Roman Missal
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During the funeral liturgy, the readings from the Sacred Scripture console, challenge, and inspire hope in the mercy and love of God for the deceased. There may be either one or two readings, a responsorial psalm, and a reading from the Holy Gospel. The first reading comes from the Old Testament, except during the Easter Season, when it is taken from the New Testament. The second reading always comes from the New Testament.