They shall judge nations , rule over peoples , and the Lord will be their king forever . They who trust in him will understand the truth , those who are faithful will live with him in love ; for grace and mercy await those he has chosen . The Word of the Lord All : Thanks be to God
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 27 Please all join in reading together
Response : The Lord is my light and my salvation . The Lord is my light and my salvation ; whom shall I fear ? The Lord is my life ’ s refuge ; of whom shall I be afraid ?
Response One thing I ask of the Lord , this I seek : to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life , that I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord and contemplate his temple .
Response Hear , O Lord , the sound of my call ; have pity on me , and answer me . Your presence , O Lord , I seek . Hide not your face from me . Response I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living . Wait for the Lord with courage ; be stouthearted and wait for the Lord .
Second Reading A reading from 1 Thessalonians 4 : 13-8 , read by Dermot O ’ Sullivan
We want you to be quite certain , brothers , about those who have died , to make sure that you do not grieve about them , like the other people who have no hope . We believe that Jesus died and rose again , and that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus : God will bring them with him . We can tell you this from the Lord ’ s own teaching , that any of us who are left alive until the Lord ’ s coming will not have any advantage over those who have died . At the trumpet of God , the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the Lord himself will come down from heaven ; those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise , and then those of us who are still alive will be taken up in the clouds , together with them ; to meet the Lord in the air . So we shall stay with the Lord for ever . With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another . The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God
Gospel Acclamation Please stand and join in saying together :
All : Allelluia ! Allelluia ! Happy are those who die in the Lord ! Happy indeed , the Spirit says ; now they can rest forever after their work , since their good deeds go with them . Allelluia !