Funeral Music Selections

In addition to the ordinary parts of the funeral service, and the responses sung by the cantor, it is customary to have communal singing of four hymns - a gathering hymn, a hymn of preparation, a Communion hymn, and a recessional hymn. There are many hymns to choose from in the parish hymnal. 

The following lists contains appropriate hymns for the funeral Liturgy.

The church may choose the music for you, or you may choose one hymn from each group. 

Printable Funeral Music Selections List

Gathering Hymn: 

Be Not Afraid 

amazing grace

for all the saints

here i am, lord

the day god gives me

Preparation Song:

ave maria

hail mary: gentle woman

mary's song

lady of knock

prayer of st. francis

come to me 

eye has not seen

blest are they

Communion song:

panis angelicus

ii am the bread of life

eat this bread

only this i want

the supper of the lord

take and eat

you are mine

you are near

Sending Song/Recessional: 

Holy God, we praise they name

how great thou art

on engle's wings

precious lord, take my hand

we will rise again