A Reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians
Brethren: make no mistake about those who have gone to their rest;
you are not to lament over them, as the rest of the world does,
with no hope to live by. We believe, after all,
that Jesus underwent death and rose again;
just so, when Jesus comes back,
God will bring back those from the Lord himself:
those of us who are still left alive to greet the
Lord’s coming shall not reach the goal before those
who have gone to their rest. No, the Lord himself will come
down from heaven to summon us, with an archangel
crying aloud and the trumpet of God sounding;
and first of all the dead will rise up, those who died in Christ.
Only after that shall we, who are still left alive,
be taken up into the clouds, be swept away to meet Christ in the air,
and they will bear us company. And so we shall be with the Lord for ever.
Tell one another this for your consolation.