Music for Funerals

Since sung music within the funeral rites is “sung prayer,” live music and singing of Christian hymns and songs are encouraged.  A parish cantor/soloist and/or instrumentalist can be assigned to the funeral liturgy if the family so desires.  There is an additional charge. 

The assigned cantor/soloist or instrumentalist will contact the designated family member to help in the selection of Christian hymns and songs for your loved one’s funeral.  Please note that recorded music, popular songs and other types of secular music are not permitted during the funeral rites in the church (these are best done at the visitation at the mortuary the day or evening before the funeral).

Musicians other than the parish’s designated musicians generally are not allowed to serve as music ministers during funeral liturgies in the church, although there are rare exceptions (e.g., when a close family member or friend is a trained musician who works as a music minister in another Catholic parish).  Please discuss this possibility with the parish’s assigned cantor/soloist or instrumentalist.

The list below includes some appropriate and commonly-selected hymns and songs for funerals:

Entrance

Amazing Grace (Music Source: New Britain) - United in Christ Songbook #723 - click here to listen

Be Not Afraid (Dufford) - United in Christ Songbook #725 - click here to listen

Here I Am Lord (Schutte) - United in Christ Songbook #572 - click here to listen

How Great Thou Art (Hine) - United in Christ Songbook #749 - click here to listen

O Lord, I Am Not Worthy (Music Source: Non Dignus) - United in Christ Songbook #778 - click here to listen

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 23:  The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. - click here to listen

Psalm 27:  The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Psalm 42:  Like a deer that longs for running streams, my soul longs for you, my God.

Psalm 103:  The Lord is kind and merciful.

Presentation of the Gifts

Amazing Grace (Music Source: New Britain) - United in Christ Songbook #723 - click here to listen

Because the Lord is My Shepherd (Walker) - United in Christ Songbook #670 - click here to listen

Eye Has Not Seen (Haugen) - United in Christ Songbook #672

Only a Shadow (Landry) - United in Christ Songbook #713 - click here to listen

Prayer of St. Francis (Temple) - United in Christ Songbook #541 - click here to listen

Communion

I Am the Bread of Life (Toolan) - United in Christ Songbook #510 - click here to listen

Panis Angelicus (Franck) - classical

Panis Angelicus/ Holy and Living Bread (Sacris Solemnis) - United in Christ Songbook #517 - click here to listen

Psalm 42:  As the Deer Longs (O Waly Waly)

Psalm 42:  As the Deer Longs (Hurd) - United in Christ Songbook #108 - click here to listen

Shelter Me, O God (Hurd) - United in Christ Songbook #673 - click here to listen

Shepherd Me, O God (Haugen) - United in Christ Songbook #661 - click here to listen

Second Communion

Ave Maria (Schubert) - classical

Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod) - classical

Ave Maria/ Hail Mary (chant) - United in Christ Songbook #441

Hear My Prayer (Moses Hogan) - American spiritual hymn tune

May You Walk With Christ Beside You (Stephen Dean)

Song of Farewell

Song of Farewell (Sands) - United in Christ Songbook #256 - click here to listen

Song of Farewell (Old Hundredth) - United in Christ Songbook #260 - click here to listen

May Angels Lead You/In Paradisum (chant) - United in Christ Songbook #259 - click here to listen

May the Angels Lead You Into Paradise (Howard Hughes)

Recessional

On Eagle’s Wings (Joncas) - United in Christ Songbook #714 - click here to listen

How Great Thou Art (Hine) - United in Christ Songbook #749 - click here to listen

I Know that my Redeemer Lives (Soper) - United in Christ Songbook #263 - click here to listen

Precious Lord, Take My Hand (Allen/Ringwald) - American spiritual hymn tune