2 Maccabees 12:43-46


2 Maccabees 12:43-46

A reading from the second Book of Maccabees


Judas, the ruler of Israel, took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice.  In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death.  But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought.  Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin.


The word of the Lord.

In this section

© 2018 Downing Cottage Funeral Chapel. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS