Music is integral to the funeral rites. It allows the community to express convictions and feelings that words alone may fail to convey. It has the power to console and uplift the mourners and to strengthen the unity of the assembly in faith and love.
-The General Introduction for Order of Christian Funerals, #30.
Hymns may be selected to fill the slots of:
1 The Entrance, 2 The Offertory, 3 Communion, 4 Closing.
Hymns may fall under certain categories of expression in the context of a funeral liturgy.
This list is of recommended hymns and is not exclusive.
Comfort for the mourning:
There is a Balm in Gilead, #688
The King of Love My Shepherd Is, St. Columba #690
I Heard the Voice of Jesus, Kingsfold #692
O Beauty, Ever Ancient, #739
Abide with Me, Eventide #856
Be Still, My Soul, Finlandia, #547
Give me Jesus, 554
Trust in God’s Mercy:
O God, Our Help in Ages Past, St. Anne #672
Be Not Afraid, #673
Amazing Grace, New Britain #680
There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy, In Babilone #712
On Eagle’s Wings, #671
Precious Lord, Take My Hand, #548
Soon and Very Soon, #755
Shall We Gather at the River, #756
Jerusalem, My Happy Home, Beech Spring #758
Sing with All the Saints in Glory, Hymn to Joy #759
The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Is Ended, St. Clement #855
Christ conquering death and the final Resurrection:
I know that my Redeemer lives! Duke Street #129
I know that my Redeemer lives! #556
The Strife is O’re, 408
Any hymn from the Easter Season
Petition for the Deceased:
O Loving God, Londonderry Air #550
In Paradisum, #136 (when selected traditionally used as a closing.)
In addition to the hymns, the Mass ordinary is sung from the setting currently used by the church.
The options for the Responsorial Psalm are:
Psalm 23 – The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Psalm 25 – To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
Psalm 27 – The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Psalm 42 – My soul is thirsting for the living God: when shall I see him face to face?
Psalm 63 – My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
Psalm 103 – The Lord is kind and merciful.
Psalm 116 – I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.
Psalm 122 – I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go to the house of the Lord.
The options for the Alleluia verse are:
1 Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.
2 Come, you whom my Father has blessed, says the Lord; inherit the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.
3 God loved the world so much, he gave us his only Son, that all who believe in him might have eternal life.
4 This is the will of my Father, says the Lord, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given to me, and that I should raise it up on the last day.
5 This is the will of my Father, says the Lord, that all who believe in the Son will have eternal life and I will raise them to life again on the last day.
6 I am the living bread from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live for ever.
7 I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; whoever believes in me will not die for ever.
8 Our true home is in heaven, and Jesus Christ, whose return we long for, will come from heaven to save us.
9 If we die with Christ, we shall live with him, and if we are faithful to the end, we shall reign with him.
10 Jesus Christ is the firstborn from the dead; glory and kingship be his for ever and ever. Amen.
11 Blessed are those who have died in the Lord; let them rest from their labors fro their good deeds go with them.
Music for the Prelude and Postlude may be selected in consultation with the Music Director, Paul Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Organist Honorarium – $125
The Church has a volunteer Choir that is available to support the congregation and sing the Psalm and Gospel verse in lieu of a Cantor.