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Music for the Mass of the Christian Burial

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 texts of the songs chosen for a particular celebration should express the paschal mystery of the Lord's suffering, death and triumph over death and should be related to the readings from Scripture.

Since music can evoke strong feelings, the music for the celebration of the funeral rites should be chosen with great care. The music at funerals should support, console, and uplift the participants and should help to create in them a spirit of hope in Christ's victory over death and in the Christian's share in that victory. Secular music (including Broadway tunes) are best used at the wake and avoided at the funeral mass.

Music should be provided for the vigil and funeral liturgy and, whenever possible for the funeral processions and the rite of committal. Many musical settings used by the parish community during the liturgical year may be suitable for use at funerals. Efforts should be made to develop and expand the parish's repertoire for use at funerals.

An organist or other instrumentalist, a cantor, and, whenever possible even a choir should assist the assembly's full participation in singing the songs, responses and acclamations of these rites.

Below are suggestions for this rite.

Gathering All People That On Earth - Old Hundredth

A Mighty Fortress - Ein Feste Burg

Alleluia, Sing To Jesus - Hyfydol

Be Not Afraid - Dufford

Here I Am Lord - Schutte

O God, Our Help - St. Anne

Responsorial Psalms The King of Love My Shepherd Is - Trad. Irish Melody
Presentation of Gifts Amazing Grace - Early American

Eye Has Not Seen - Haugen

Hosea - Norbet

I Have Loved You - Joncas

Prayer of St. Francis – Sebastian Temple

The King of Love My Shepherd Is - Trad. Irish Melody

The Lord's My Shepherd - Carter

Turn To Me - Foley

You Are Mine - Haas

You are Near - Schutte

Communion As The Deer Longs (Psalm 42) - Harkin

By Name I have Called You - Landry

Gift of Finest Wheat - Kreutz

Here I Am Lord - Schutte

I Have Loved You - Joncas

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring – Bach

Laudate Dominum - Mozart

Panis Angelicus - Cesar Frank or Sacris Solemnis

On Eagles Wings - Joncas

One Bread, One Body - Foley

Supper of the Lord - Rosania

Taste and See - Moore

Prayer of Farewell In Paradisum - Chant

Song of Farewell - Old Hundredth

Going Forth For All The Saints - Williams

I Am the Bread of Life - Toolan

Joyful, Joyful We Adore You - Hymn

You Are Mine - Haas