Funeral Music

From our Parish family

Please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of your loved one.  We are honored to be apart of the celebration of life.  For we as Catholics understand that life has changed but not ended. It is therefore that with a great sense of hope we continue on. It is in Liturgy that we are again connected to our loved ones that have gone before us.  


Music in Catholic Funerals

“Sacred music has an integral role in the funeral rites, since it can console and uplift mourners while, at the same time, uniting the assembly in faith and love.(OCF #30)  Funeral music should express the Paschal Mystery and the Christian’s share in it. (OCF #30)  Since music can evoke strong feelings, it should be chosen with care. It should console the participants and ‘help to create in them a spirit of hope in Christ’s victory over death and in the Christian’s share in that victory.’” (OCF #31) 

Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship

OCF refers to the Order of Christian Funerals – 1989


Selecting Music

Typically music that has been used in a Catholic Mass before can be appropriate for a funeral liturgy.  Below is a list of common songs that can be used. While this is not a complete list of all music that can be used, it is a general list. There are 3-4 songs that are needed for the liturgy.   


Responsorial Psalms

Psalm 61: Be with me Lord (M. Haugen)

Psalm 23: Shepherd Me O God (M. Haugen)  

Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light (D. Haas)  


Common Songs

Ave Maria (Schubert)

Amazing Grace (traditional)  

Be Not Afraid (B. Dufford)  

Blest Are They (D. Haas)  

Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (C. Landry)  

Here I Am, Lord (D. Schutte)  

How Great Thou Art (traditional)  

I Am the Bread of Life (S. Toolan)  

Prayer of St. Francis/Make Me A Channel of Your Peace (S. Temple) -  

On Eagle’s Wings (M. Joncas)  

You Are Mine (D. Haas)  

Center of My Life (P. Inwood)  

Eye Has Not Seen (M. Haugen)  

Hosea (G. Norbet )

The Summons (J. Bell)  

We Will Rise Again (D. Haas)  

Amazing Grace (traditional)  

How Great Thou Art (traditional)  

I Am the Bread of Life (S. Toolan)  

One Bread, One Body (J. Foley)  


The Funeral Liturgy

The Funeral Liturgy is a Catholic Mass, with special prayers offered on behalf of the deceased and the grieving community. We’ve included an outline of the liturgy here, with notes where hymns are usually included.


Introductory Rites

Sprinkling of the body with Holy Water

Placing of the Pall

Entrance Procession – Processional Song

Placing of the Christian Symbols (Bible and Crucifix)


The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading

Responsorial Psalm – The psalm (Sung)

Second Reading

Gospel Reading


Prayers of the Faithful 


Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Offertory – Offertory Song (optional instrumental)

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer and The Sign of Peace

Communion – Communion Song 


Final Commendation and Farewell

In Paradisum 

Song of Farewell