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Choosing Music for a Catholic Funeral

Music is a big part of any funeral service, but in a Catholic service, it’s particularly meaningful. The right music can be uplifting, and music at a Catholic funeral is often full of hope. The music is chosen for different parts of the funeral. While the following is not a comprehensive list, these suggestions may point you in the right direction

Opening hymns are sung by the entire congregation.

  • Amazing Grace
  • Be not Afraid
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • How Great Thou Art

Responsorial Psalms are a genuine expression of grief and praise, as well as a source of trust and hope.

  • Based on Psalm 23:
    • Shepherd Me, O God
    • The Lord is My Shepherd
  • Based on Psalm 25:
    • I Lift Up My Soul
    • Remember Your Mercies, O Lord
  • Based on Psalm 27:
    • The Goodness of the Lord
    • The Lord is my Light
  • Based on Psalm 63
    • My Soul is Thirsting
  • Based on Psalm 118
    • This is the Day
  • Based on Psalm 126
    • God has Done Great Things for Us

Offertory Hymns are played during the Presentation of Gifts and can be sung or instrumental.

  • Ave Maria
  • Gift of Our Lord
  • You Are Near

Communion Hymns:

  • I Have Heard The Voice of Jesus
  • I Will Raise You Up
  • In The Breaking Of The Bread

Closing Hymns

  • Jesus, Joy Of Our Desiring
  • Joyful, Joyful
  • Let There Be Peace On Earth

You can also choose music for the vigil and the rite of committal. You might have other song selections in mind. Maybe your loved one had favorite hymns, or perhaps you’re pre-planning for your own service. Whatever you choose, talk to your parish priest to make sure it’s appropriate for a Catholic funeral.

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