Funeral Music

Sacred music is integral to the funeral rites. It allows the community to express convictions and feelings that words alone may fail to convey. Since music can evoke strong feelings, the music for the celebration of the funeral rites should be chosen with great care. Hopefully, the selections given below will help with this. Please note that some of the hymn choices are repeated.

Entrance Hymn (Procession into the church)

Funeral Mass Introit: Give him/her eternal Rest

Responsorial Psalm

The Psalm is sung between the First and Second Readings.

Psalm # Title Page #
16 Shelter Me, O God 636
23 The Lord is My Shepherd (Keyes)
63 My Soul is Thirsting 60
27 The Lord is My Light 39
25 To You, O Lord I Lift My Soul 36
42 Like a Deer That Longs (Keyes)
103 The Lord is Kind and Merciful 99

Presentation of the Gifst

As the gifts are presented

Title Page #
Amazing Grace 612
Here I Am Lord 686
Be Not Afraid 608
Lord of All Hopefulness 578
Prayer of St. Francis 726
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say 646

Communion Hymns

Title Page #
Behold the Lamb 826
I Am the Bread of Life 828
I Received the Living God 851
Eye Has Not Seen 638
How Great Thou Art 494
Lord When You Came 636
Panis Angelicus (solo)
I Received the Living God 851
Gift of Finest Wheat 815
Be Not Afraid 608

Final Commendation

Sung during the incensation of the casket

Song of Farewell (solo)


I Know My Redeemer Livers (Soper)