Funeral Preparation - Music Suggestions - Sacred Heart Parish

The funeral liturgy at Sacred Heart Parish celebrates the Paschal Mystery and the Christian belief in life everlasting through Word, Sacrament and music. Specific music requests (outside of those listed here) may be honored if the selections express the resurrection of Jesus and the hope of everlasting life. Secular or popular music is inappropriate at the funeral Mass since its message does not share the Christian vision of eternal life. It’s best to use these selections at the funeral home or cemetery.

The funeral Mass, as with all liturgies, is a communal celebration. Therefore, hymns and acclamations sung by the entire assembly must be given the utmost priority. For this reason, only one “soloist” piece may be sung during the preparation of the gifts.

Songs, hymns and psalms may be selected from the parish hymnal, Gather Third Edition, as well as from other appropriate sources of liturgical music. Below is a list of suggestions for your consideration.

   

Hymn Number and Title

Gathering Song:

677
524
949
724
663
688
613
955
712
856
573

A Living Faith (Faith of Our Fathers)
Alleluia! No. 1
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Lord of All Hopefulness*
O God, Our Help In Ages Past
Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
The King of Love My Shepherd Is*
This Day God Gives Me*

To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
Responsorial Psalm**: 679
717
34
35
39
41
45
47
57
58
65
691
75
80
87

Psalm 16 - Center of My Life
Psalm 16 - Shelter Me, O God
Psalm 23 - My Shepherd Is the Lord
Psalm 23 - Shepherd Me, O God
Psalm 25 - To You, O Lord
Psalm 27 - The Lord Is My Light
Psalm 34 - Taste and See
Psalm 34 - The Cry of the Poor
Psalm 63 - My Soul Is Thirsting
Psalm 63 - Your Love Is Finer Than Life
Psalm 91 - Be With Me
Psalm 91 - On Eagle’s Wings
Psalm 103 - The Lord Is Kind and Merciful
Psalm 116 - In the Land of the Living
Psalm 130 - With the Lord There Is Mercy

Preparation of the Gifts: 891
683
869
728
673
588
458
593
402
828
830
684
711
723
866
710
751
680
726

Ave Maria
Be Not Afraid
Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled
Eye Has Not Seen
Good Weeps with Us who Weep and Mourn
I Have Loved You
I Sing a Maid*
I Want to Walk As a Child of the Light
Like a Shepherd 
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Peace, Be Not Anxious
Psalm of Hope
Rest Now in Me
Shepherd of My Heart
Take Me Home
The Clouds' Veil
The Servant Song
We Walk By Faith
You Are All I Want

Communion Song: 939
735
942
941
945
918
646
785
950
928
930
783
834
784
681
922
586
721
695

Behold the Lamb
Blest Are They
Come and Eat This Living Bread
Eat This Bread
I Am the Bread of Life
In the Breaking of the Bread
Keep in Mind
Now We Remain
Take and Eat
Take and Eat This Bread
Taste and See
Unless a Grain of Wheat
We Are Many Parts 
We Have Been Told 
We Remember
Without Seeing You
You Are All We Have
You Are Mine
You Are Near

Song of Farewell 163
981

Saints of God
The Hand of God Shall Hold You

 

Procession to the Place of Committal:

980
974
972/973
978


611
645
766
976
884
540
614
607
519
539
793
525
781
882

May the Angels Lead You into Paradise
Song of Farewell
I Know that My Redeemer Lives
May Holy Angels Lead You*

Alternatives:
All Creatures of Our God and King
Amazing Grace
City of God
Dwellers in the Holy City
For All the Saints
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
Joyful, Joyful We Adore You
Sing a New Song
Sing to the Mountains
Sing With All the Saints In Glory
Song of St. Patrick*
The Strife Is O’er
We Shall Rise Again
Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

*This song is a traditional Celtic melody and/or text
**Psalms also may be sung in place of hymns anywhere during the funeral liturgy.

 

 

Catholics Come Home Catholic TV