All Souls


The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

(All Souls Day)

First Reading:  Wisdom 3:1-9

The Destiny of the Righteous

3But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
2In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
3and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
4For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
5Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
6like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt-offering he accepted them.
7In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
8They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them for ever.
9Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.

 

Psalm 116

Thanksgiving for Recovery from Illness


1I love the Lord, because he has heard
   my voice and my supplications.
2Because he inclined his ear to me,
   therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
3The snares of death encompassed me;
   the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
   I suffered distress and anguish.
4Then I called on the name of the Lord:
   ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’


5Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
   our God is merciful.
6The Lord protects the simple;
   when I was brought low, he saved me.
7Return, O my soul, to your rest,
   for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.


8For you have delivered my soul from death,
   my eyes from tears,
   my feet from stumbling.

 

 

Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9

A Living Hope

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you rejoice,* even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, 7so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Although you have not seen* him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

Gospel Reading:  John 11: 21-27

21Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ 23Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ 24Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ 25Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.* Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ 27She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah,* the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’