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A reading from the second book of Maccabees

Judas the ruler of Israel
  then 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