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  •  A reading from the Book of Wisdom (none)
    The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the eyes of those without understanding they seemed to die; their departure is considered an evil thing, and their journey from us, a complete destruction. Nevertheless, they are at peace.

    For even if they be punished in the sight of humankind, their hope is yet filled with immortality. Having been instructed but a little, they shall be greatly rewarded, for God has made trial of them, and found them to be worthy. God put them to the test as gold is tried in the furnace, and accepted them as sacrificial offerings.

    In the time of their visitation they will shine forth, and dart about like sparks through stubble. They shall judge nations, and hold sway over peoples, and their Lord shall reign for all time. Those who put their trust in Him shall understand the truth, and those who are faithful in love shall remain with Him, for grace and mercy are with those whom God has chosen.

    --Wisdom 3:1-9, my translation from the Septuagint Greek and the Vulgate Latin

    All-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give You thanks and praise, through Jesus Christ our Lord. In Him, who rose from the dead, our hope of resurrection dawned. The sadness of death now gives way to the bright promise of immortality.

    O Lord, for Your faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death, we gain an everlasting dwelling-place in heaven.

    (Adapted from the first Preface for Masses of Christian Death in the English Sacramentary.)

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