Resource for Mass of Resurrection

CELEBRATION OF LIFE & MASS OF RESURRECTION RESOURCE GUIDE [Compiled from dozens of Resurrection Mass programs of deceased members of PAX and others in 2010.]

I. READINGS (from The Inclusive Bible – The First Egalitarian Translation ©2007 by Priests for Equality)[edit]

First Reading – Old Testament: The Hebrew Scriptures (in their Scriptural order)

Genesis 17 – “I (Yahweh) will make a covenant between you (Abraham) and me. . .”

Job 19: 1, 23-26 – “For I know that my Redeemer lives . . . though this body has been destroyed, I will see God.”

Psalm 18 – “Yahweh, you set everything right again because I was just. . . O God, your way is perfect; your promise proves true: you are a shield for all who take refuge in you.”

Psalm 23 – “Yahweh, you are my shepherd – I want nothing more. You let me lie down in green meadows . . . only goodness and love will follow me . . . I will dwell in your house. . .”

Psalm 25 – “To you, Yahweh I lift up my soul. . . I trust in you. . . Show me your ways. . .”

Psalm 27 – “One thing I ask of you, Yahweh . . . that I may dwell in your house all the days of my life . . . Hear me when I call, have mercy on me and answer me!”

Psalm 34: 1-10 – “I will bless Yahweh always; praise will continually be on my lips! Glorify Yahweh with me . . . Taste and see how good Yahweh is!”

Psalm 139: 1-18 – “Yahweh you know me. . . You created my inmost being and stitched me together in my mother’s womb.”

Proverbs 31:10-15, 26-31 – “What is worth more than a strong and loving wife? She is more precious than jewels; her husband’s heart trusts in her. . .”

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11/or 12 – “There is a time for everything, a season for every purpose under heaven: a season to be born and a season to die. . .”

Ecclesiastes 5: 18-20 – “How good, how lovely . . . to embrace everything that comes to us! If we embrace whatever comes, we never need to brood over the shortness of life . . . for God will keep our hearts filled with joy.”

Song of Songs 2 – “I hear my Beloved, see how he comes leaping on the mountains. . . My Beloved is mine and I am his. . .”

Wisdom 3: 1-6, 9 – “But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no affliction will ever touch them.. . .those who are faithful will dwell in God’s love.”

Wisdom 4: 7-15 – (young person’s death) “But those who are just, even when they die prematurely, will be at peace. . .in a very short time, they achieved the same perfection as those who have lived a long life.”

Isaiah 40:28-31 – “Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth . . . God gives strength to the weary, and empowers the powerless . . . they soar on eagles’ wings, they walk and never tire.”

Isaiah 61: 1-3 – “God has sent me to bring good news to those who are poor; to heal broken hearts; to proclaim release to those in prison. . .” Isaiah 65: 17-25 (compassion & vision for social justice) “I am about to create new heavens and a new earth. . . . no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it. . . at last they will live in the houses they build, and eat the fruit they plant. . .the wolf and the lamb will feed side by side. . .”

Lamentations 3: 17-26 – “There is no peace in my life . . . the Most High is good to those who hope in God, to all who seek God’s presence.”

Micah 6: 8 – “What Yahweh asks of you: to act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with your God.”

Responsorial (Read)

Isaiah 60: 1-4 – “Arise, shine, for your light has come! The glory of Yahweh is rising upon you!”

Psalm 23 – “Yahweh, you are my shepherd – I want nothing more . . . you lead me beside restful waters: you refresh my soul.”

Psalm 34: 1-10 – “I will bless Yahweh always; praise will continually be on my lips! Glorify Yahweh with me . . .”

Psalm 100 – “Acclaim Yahweh with joy, all the earth! Serve Yahweh with gladness! . . . for Yahweh is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever. . .”

Psalm 121 – “I lift my eyes to the mountains – from where will my help come? My help comes from Yahweh . . .”

Psalm 139 – “Yahweh you’ve searched me, and you know me . . . you created my inmost being and stitched me together in my mother’s womb. . .”

Second Reading (optional) – New Testament or Alternate Secular Reading (see Secular Readings and Poems)

Romans 8: 14-23 – “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God . . . I consider the suffering of the present to be nothing compared with the glory that will be revealed in us . . .”

Romans 8: 31-35, 37-39 – “If God is for us, who can be against us? . . . I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons – nor anything else in all creation – will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus, our Savior.”

1 Corinthians 13: 1-8, 13 – “Even if I can speak in all the tongues of earth . . . but do not have love, I am just a noisy gong . . . Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous, it does not put on airs . . . there are, in the end, three things that last: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

2 Corinthians 5: 1, 6-10 – “For we know, there is waiting for us a house built by God . . . so we are always full of confidence . . . we walk by faith, not by sight . . . we make our home with Christ . . . each of us will get what we deserve for the things we do while in the body, good or bad.”

Philippians 2: 1-13 – “If our life in Christ means anything to you . . . then be united in your love . . . value others over yourselves, each of you thinking of the interests of others before your own. Your attitude must be the same at that of Christ Jesus . . .”

Philippians 3: 10-16 – “All I want is to know Christ, and the power of the resurrection, . . . My entire attention is on the finish line as I run toward the prize – the high calling of God in Jesus . . .”

Philippians 4: 6-9 – “Dismiss all anxiety from your minds, present your needs to God through prayer and petition. Then God’s own peace, which is beyond all understanding . . . your thoughts should be directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, decent, admirable . . .”

1 Thessalonians 1: 1-5 – “You are proving your faith by your actions, laboring in love, and showing constancy of hope in our Savior Jesus Christ . . .”

1 Thessalonians 5: 13b – 18 – “Live in peace with each other . . . always seek what is good for each other – and for all people. Rejoice always, pray constantly, and give thanks for everything – for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

2 Timothy 3: 10; 4: 6-8 – “As for me, my life is already being poured out . . . I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith . . .”

1 John 3: 1-2 – “See what love God has lavished on us in letting us be called God’s children . . . the reason the world does not recognize us is that it never recognized God. . . we know that when it comes to light we will be like God, for we will see God as God really is.”

1 John 4: 11-12, 16-18 – “If God has loved us so, we must have the same love for one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet if we love one another, God dwells in us . . . God is love and those who abide in love abide in God and God in them.”

Revelations 21: 1-7 or 2-7 – “Then I saw new heavens and a new earth. . . The One said Look I’m making everything new! . . . I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End . . . I will be their God and they will be my daughters and sons.”


Matthew 5: 1-12a -The Beatitudes, “Blessed are those who are poor in spirit: the kingdom of heaven is theirs.”

Matthew 11: 25-30 or 28-30 – “Come to me, all you who labor and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 19: 13-15 – “Small children were brought to Jesus. . . Let the children come to me. The kindom (not a typo) of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Matthew 25: 34-40 – “For I was hungry and you gave me food. . . The truth is, every time you did this for the least of my sisters and brothers, you did it to me.”

Luke 10: 25-37 – “What must I do to inherit everlasting life? You must love God with all your heart, with all your soul . . . and your neighbor as yourself. Who is my neighbor? . . . Which of these three was the neighbor to the traveler? The one who showed compassion. Then go and do the same.”

Luke 13: 18-19 – “What does the kindom of God resemble? . . . Story of mustard seed/ yeast.”

Luke 24: 1-10 – “The women came to the tomb . . . didn’t find the body of Jesus. . . Jesus is not here; Christ has risen.”

John 11: 17- 27, or 21-27 – “Lazarus . . . I am the Resurrection, and I am Life: those who believe in me will live, even if they die.”

John 12:23-26 – “Unless a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies. . . Anyone who wants to work for me must follow in my footsteps.”

John 14: 1-6, (18-20) – “In God’s house there are many dwelling places; I will come back to take you with me . . . I myself am the Way – I am Truth, and I am Life.”

John 14: 1-3, 27-28 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. . .”

John 20: 26-29 – “Don’t persist in your unbelief, but believe . . . My Savior and my God!”

II. MUSIC[edit]

For more, see Additional Song Suggestions

Gathering Song

Amazing Grace “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.”

Be Not Afraid “You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst… Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come, follow me, and I will give you rest.”

Hosea “Come back to me, with all your heart. Don’t let fear keep us apart… Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.”

How Can I Keep From Singing “My life flows on in endless song above earth’s lamentation. . . No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that rock I’m clinging. Since love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?”

How Great Thou Art “O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Thy hands have made. . . Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee; how great Thou art. . .”

I Am the Bread of Life “I am the Bread of life. You who come to me shall not hunger, and who believe in me shall not thirst . . . And I will raise you up, (3x) on the last day.”

Jerusalem, My Destiny “I have fixed my eyes on your hills, Jerusalem, my destiny! Though I cannot see the end for me, I cannot turn away . . . the journey makes us one.”

Morning Has Broken “Morning has broken like the first morning; black bird has spoken like the first bird. Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them springing fresh from the Word!”

Mystery “When I stand on a rolling hill and I look out to the sea. . . I can hear a call to courage to be all that I might be. . . It’s the song of the universe . . . It’s a song to the Power neither you nor I can see. It’s a song to the One who is Mystery.”

On Eagles Wings “You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord . . . And God will raise you up on eagles’ wings, bear you on the breath of dawn . . . and hold you in the palm of God’s hand.”

Song of the Soul “Love of my life I am crying, I am not dying, I am dancing . . . there is no sadness, only a song of the soul. And we’ll sing this song, why don’t you sing along . . . come to your life like a warrior . . .”

The Great Storm Is Over “Alleluia, the great storm is over, lift up your wings and fly.”

The Light Shines On “In the tender compassion of our God, a new dawn has broken upon us . . . And the Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never overcome it . . . and the darkness will never overcome.”


I Lift Up My Soul “To You, Yahweh, I lift up my soul, O my God. Yahweh, show Your ways to me . . . for You are the God that saves me.”

My Shepherd Is the Lord (Psalm 23) “My shepherd is the Lord, nothing indeed shall I want.”

Open My Eyes, Lord “Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see your face. Help me to see. . . Open my heart Lord. Help me to love like you. I live within you . . . Rest now in me.”

Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. (3x)

Psalm 42 (tune of Wally,Wally) “As the deer longs. …” Remember Your Love “Remember your love and your faithfulness, O Lord. Remember your people and have mercy on us . . . The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear?”

Shepherd Me O God (Psalm 23) “Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.”

Valleys of Green (Psalm 23) “The Lord will be my shepherd; nothing more shall I want. God leads me along the path of right according to God’s word.”

Wherever You Go “Wherever you go I shall go. Wherever you live so shall I live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God too. Wherever you die I shall die . . .”


All Good Gifts “All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above. Then thank you Lord. . .”

Be Not Afraid “You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst . . . you shall see the face of God and live . . . Be not afraid, I go before you always. Come follow Me, and I will give you rest.”

Eye Has Not Seen “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard what God has ready for those who love God; Spirit of love, come, give us the mind of Jesus, teach us the wisdom of God.”

Hosea “Come back to me with all your heart. Don’t let fear keep us apart. Long have I waited for your coming home to me and living deeply our new life.”

How Great Thou Art – see Gathering selection

Mystery – see Gathering selection

On Eagles’ Wings – see Gathering selection

Peace Prayer “Lord, make me a means of Your peace. Where there’s hatred grown, let me sow Your love . . .”

Prayer of St. Francis /Make Me a Channel of Your Peace “Make me a channel of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. . .”

Sarah’s Song of Blessing “The whole of the earth will be blessed by you; in God you have made your home. The stars will dance as they call out your name; your heart always laughing with joy.”

Spirit of Life “Spirit of Life come unto me, sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion. Blow in the wind, rise in the sea, move in the hand giving life the shape of justice. Roots hold me close, Wings set me free. Spirit of Life come to me, come to me.”

Take Our Bread “Take our bread we ask You, take our hearts we love you, take our lives, Creator, we are yours.”

Valleys of Green – see Responsorial selection

Whatsoever You Do “Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me. When I was hungry, you gave me to eat . . .”

You Are Near “Yahweh, I know you are near, standing always at my side. You guard me from the foe, and you lead me in ways everlasting. You know my heart and its ways, you who formed me before I was born . . .”

You Are Mine “Do not be afraid, I am with you. I have called you each by name. Come and follow me, I will bring you home; I love you and you are mine.”
Service Music – a very partial list

  • Gospel Acclamation “Open My Eyes, Lord, Help me to see. . .” ( Jesse Manibusen)
  • Memorial Acclamation “I will never forget you my people, I have carved you in the palm of my hand. I will never forget you; I will not leave you orphaned; I will never forget My own.”
  • Memorial Acclamation “Lord by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free” (tuneWally, Wally).
  • Memorial Acclamation “We remember how you loved us to your death, and still we celebrate”


Ave Maria (traditional, Latin)

Be Not Afraid “You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst. . . Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come, follow me, and I will give you rest.”

Hail Mary: Gentle Woman “Hail Mary, full of grace. . . Gentle woman, quiet light, morning star, so strong and bright, gentle Mother, peaceful dove, teach us wisdom; teach us love.”

Here I Am Lord “I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard my people cry. All who dwell in dark and sin My hand will save. Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.”

I Am the Bread of Life – see Gathering selection

Let There Be Peace on Earth “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be. With God, our Creator, fam’ly all are we. Let me walk with each other in perfect harmony.”

Mystery – see Gathering

On Eagles’ Wings – see Gathering

One Bread, One Body “One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless. And we though many . . we are one body in this one Lord.”

Peace Prayer – see Offertory selection

Prayer of St. Francis – see Offertory

Precious Lord, Take My Hand “Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn. Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the light, take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.”

Sarah’s Song of Blessing – see Offertory

Song of Farewell “May the choirs of angels come to greet you. May they speed you to paradise. May the Lord enfold you in his mercy. May you find eternal life.”

The Hand of God Shall Hold You “The hand of God shall hold you, the peace of God enfold you, the love that dreamed and formed you still surrounds you here today; The light of God beside you, above, beneath, inside you, the light that shines to guide you home to the loving hand of God.”

Amazing Grace – see Gathering

Battle Hymn of the Republic “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord, He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. . .”

The Bells of Norwich “Ring out, bells of Norwich, let the winter come and go. All shall be well again, I know. All shall be well, I’m telling you, let the winter come and go. All shall be well again, I know.”

City of God “Awake from your slumber! Arise from your sleep! A new day is dawning for all those who weep. . . . Let us build the city of God. May our tears be turned into dancing! For the Lord, our light and our love, has turned the night into day!”

How Can I Keep From Singing “My life flows on in endless song above earth’s lamentation. . . No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I’m clinging. Since Love is lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?”

How Great Thou Art “O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder . . .Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee; how great Thou art”

I Am the Bread of Life – see Gathering

Lights of the City

Lord of the Dance “I danced in the morning when the world was begun, and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun… Dance then wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the dance, said he, and I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.”

Ode to Joy

On Eagles Wings – see Gathering

Sing A New Song “Sing a new song unto the Lord; let your song be sung from mountains high… Yahweh’s people dance for joy. O come before the Lord. And play for him on glad tambourines. . .”

The Great Storm Is Over – see Gathering

We Shall Rise Again “Come to me, all you weary, with your burdens and pain. Take my yoke on your shoulders and learn from me: I am gentle and humble, and your soul will find rest…We shall rise again on the last day with the faithful, rich and poor. Coming to the house of Lord Jesus, we will find an open door”- J. Young