Bible Reading (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

(God will bring with him those who have died in Jesus.)

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 advantag

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.

R.) Praise be to God.

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