Liturgical Planning
Funeral Readings and Music

The funeral liturgy in the Catholic Church is a time for the
family and friends of the deceased to gather with the larger
church community for prayer and support. While there are
many elements that lend focus and meaning to the
Christian funeral, two are of particular importance: the
Scripture readings proclaimed in church and the hymns,
psalms and  acclamation sung by the assembly. Through
the Scriptures, the Word of God, the church hears anew the
promise of new life.  Similarly, the hymns, psalms and
acclamations sung by the community during the funeral
liturgy fill us with hope and consolation. Music has a unique
ability to touch our heart, to heal our pain, to express our
sorrow and to lift up our soul. In this brief brochure we
offer some thoughts on the readings suggested for the
liturgy as well as some hymns and psalms which may be
chosen for use during the funeral Mass. We hope we will
be able to discuss the funeral arrangements with you in
person so that together we may rightfully and prayerfully
bid farewell to your beloved family member in the church.
The Readings

In the funeral Mass a total of three readings is recommended. Family or friends of the deceased are encouraged to proclaim
the first two readings while the priest or deacon normally reads the gospel. Generally, it is good to select a person who has
some public speaking experience.  The complete text of these and the other funeral readings can be found in any Bible or by
clicking on the verses listed.  You may print them and give them to the persons delivering the readings.

The first reading is drawn from the books of the Jewish Bible, the Old Testament.
Recommended readings include:

The Responsorial Psalm, which is always sung, follows the first reading.
It is typically chosen by the organist.

The second reading is drawn from the pages of the New Testament.
Recommended readings include:

    - All I Ask of You

    - Amazing Grace

    - Ave Maria

    - Be Not Afraid

    - Blest Are They

    - Come To Me

    - Eat This Bread

    - Eye Has Not Seen

    - Gift of Finest Wheat

    - Hail Mary, Gentle Woman

    - Here I Am, Lord

    - Hosea

    - How Great Thou Art

    - I Am The Bread of Life

    - I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Duke Street)

    - I Know That My Redeemer Lives

    - I Received the Living God

    - Jesus, Remember Me

    - Just A Closer Walk With Thee

    - O God Our Help In Ages Past

    - On Eagle's Wings

    - One Bread, One Body

    - Prayer of Saint Francis

    - Precious Lord, Take My Hand

    - Taste and See

    - The Strife Is O'er

    - We Have Been Told

    - We Remember

    - We Will Rise Again

    - Wherever You Go

    - You Are Mine
The Music

In the funeral liturgy there are four opportunities for hymns: The Gathering Song [when we enter the church], the Song at the
Presentation of the Gifts, the Song at Communion and the Recessional Song [as we leave the church].  We offer the following
suggestions for your consideration. The placement of the music is usually best left to the discretion and experience of the
parish musician.  Please note:  The music samples are given to familiarize yourself with the melody; therefore, musical
arrangements may vary from church to church.  Every attempt will be made to accommodate your requests.