Funeral Preparation - Music Suggestions - St. Ann Parish

The funeral liturgy at Saint Ann 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's resource, Breaking Bread, as well as from other appropriate sources of liturgical music. Below is a list of suggestions for your consideration.

Please choose at least four hymns from the following list:

All I Ask of You (Norbet)
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Be Not Afraid (Dufford)
Be Still My Soul (Finlandia)

Blest Are They (Haas)
Celtic Song of Farewell (Sands)
Center of My Life (Inwood)
Come to Me (Norbet)
Come to the Water (Foley)
Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Fly Like a Bird (Canedo)
Go in Peace (Hart)
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman (Landry)
Here I Am, Lord (Schutte)
Hosea (Norbet)
How Can I Keep from Singing? (Lowry)
How Great Thou Art (Hine)
I Am the Bread of Life (Toolan)
I Have Loved You (Joncas)

In Every Age (Whitaker)
Irish Blessing (Babing)
Lead Me, Lord (Becker)
Lord, You Have Come (Gabarain)
One Bread, One Body (Foley)
Ony in God (Talbor)
Only This I Want (Schutte)
Open My Eyes (Manibusan)
Panis Angelicus (Franck)
Prayer of St. Francis (Temple)
Precious Lord (Dorsey)
Psalm 42: As the Deer Longs (Harkin)
The Lord Is My Hope (Ridge)
We Remember (Haugen)
We Shall Rise Again (Young)
We Will Rise Again (Haas)
When Love Is Found (Wren)
You Are Mine (Haas)
You Are Near (Schutte)


Responsorial Psalm (choose one)*:

Be with Me, Lord (Booth)
Be with Me, Lord (Joncas)
Because the LOrd Is My Shepherd (Walker)
In Every Age (Whitaker)

Loving and Forgiving (Soper)

My Soul Is Thirsting for You (Angrisano)
On Eagle's Wings (Joncas)
On the Day I Called (Cooney)
Only in God (Talbot)
Shepherd Me, O God (Haugen)
The Lord Is My Light (Walker)
The Lord's My Shepherd (Townend)

*Psalms also may be sung in place of hymns anywhere during the funeral liturgy.


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