Mary "Honey" Serrao Camara

(April 28, 1916 - September 9, 2007)

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September 20, 2007 Memorial Service Transcripts

< Track 07: Responsorial Psalm: 23


Track 08: 2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (Michelle Lopes Ford)


Track 09: Gospel Reading: John 11:17-27 >

Michelle: A reading from the first letter of saint Paul to the Thessalonians.


13We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,3 will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together4 with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18Therefore, console one another with these words.

Michelle: The Word of the Lord
Congregation: Thanks be to God


315 Coming of the Lord: Paul here assumes that the second coming, or parousia, will occur within his own lifetime but insists that the time or season is unknown (1 Thes 5:1-2). Nevertheless, the most important aspect of the parousia for him was the fulfillment of union with Christ. His pastoral exhortation focuses first on hope for the departed faithful, then (1 Thes 5:1-3) on the need of preparedness for those who have to achieve their goal.

417 Will be caught up together: literally, snatched up, carried off; cf 2 Cor 12:2; Rev 12:5. From the Latin verb here used, rapiemur, has come the idea of "the rapture," when believers will be transported away from the woes of the world; this construction combines this verse with Matthew 24:40-41 (see the note there) // Luke 17:34-35 and passages from Revelation in a scheme of millennial dispensationalism.


The above is from the NAB (New American Bible, see the Wikipedia entry). I used the (aparently original) version available on the USCCB website, and modified for the "inclusive language" from the (later) version that was read ("brothers" to "brothers and sisters"). See the USCCB version for hyperlinked footnotes.

This is part of one of the scriptures that I used for Grandpa last year (see Track 05: Eulogy (LJC) - 1 Thes. 4:13-5:11 for the NIV translation). See also the CJB or HNV versions for their use of "Yeshua", "shofar", and "Messiah".