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Planning a Funeral

Music Suggestions

We offer these selections to help you choose appropriate music for the Mass of Christian Burial. It is not an exclusive list, and we are open to your suggestions provided that they adhere to the liturgical norms of the Archdiocese of Boston. The choice of music for Christian funerals must be in accord with all recommendations governing music in the liturgy. Specifically the texts should express the paschal mystery of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection and be related to the Word of God (OCF #30). Secular music is not appropriate for liturgical celebrations (Sing to the Lord: Music In Divine Worship, #246). The Music Director will select appropriate music if desired.

Below are some suggestions for music selections. Each parish has an extensive repertoire and will have more songs available than are listed here.  Every effort will be made to accommodate special requests.

Entrance Hymn

Amazing Grace
Be Not Afraid
Christ, Be Our Light
How Great Thou Art
I Know That My Redeemer Lives
Hosea
On Eagle’s Wings

Responsorial Psalm

Be With Me Lord
Center of My Life
Like a Child Rests
On Eagle’s Wings
The Lord  is Kind and Merciful
Shepherd Me O God

Offertory

All I Ask of You
Amazing Grace
Ave Maria
Be Not Afraid
Blest Are They
Come to Me
Here I Am Lord
Hosea How Great Thou Art
Only This I Want
Prayer of St. Francis
You are Mine

Holy Communion

Be Not Afraid
Christ, Be Our Light
Eat This Bread
Gift of Finest Wheat
Here I Am, Lord
How Great Thou Art
I Am the Bread of Life
Like a Shepherd
One Bread, One Body
We Remember
You are Mine

Final Commendation

Jesus, Remember Me
May God Bless You & Keep You

Recessional

Amazing Grace
Christ, Be Our Light
How Great Thou Art
I Am the Bread of Life
I Know that My Redeemer Lives
On Eagle’s Wings
To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King

 

 

 

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