Music Suggestions for Funerals

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

As we welcomed your loved one into our family of faith at Baptism, we now commend your loved one to God’s eternal embrace. We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family, and making arrangements amidst your sorrow is almost too much to bear. We are here to help you mourn with purpose, celebrate with dignity, and praise God for his mercy and love.

To help you choose appropriate and meaningful music for your loved one's Funeral Mass, we have compiled a guide to music selections.  Song links are included so you may listen on YouTube to help you make your choices.  Our Director of Music is available to help guide you in making your musical selections and answer questions.  Contact Gina Kolenda, Director of Music, at 781-598-4313 ext. 204 or [email protected]

 

Gathering 

Amazing Grace
Be Not Afraid (Dufford)
Here I Am Lord (Schutte)
Holy God We Praise Thy Name 
Holy God We Praise Thy Name (contemporary version)
On Eagle's Wings (Joncas)
Praise to the Lord
Praise to the Lord (contemporary version)
Prayer of St. Francis (Make Me a Channel of Your Peace) (Temple)
We Gather Together (Old Hundredth)

 

Psalms

How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place (Joncas)
Lord You Have the Words: Psalm 19 (Joncas)
My Soul is Thirsting (Angrisano)
Our Blessing Cup (Hurd)
Remember Your Mercies (Colson)
Shepherd Me O God (Haugen)
Taste and See (Angrisano)
Taste and See (Moore)
The Lord is My Shepherd (Blakesley)
To You, O Lord (Smith)
The Lord is Kind and Merciful (Colson)

 

Offertory/Preparation of the Gifts

Breastplate of St. Patrick (Hart)
Eye Has Not Seen (Haugen)
Hail Mary Gentle Woman
I Have Love You (Joncas)
Only a Shadow (Talbot)
Only in God (Talbot)
Shelter Me O God (Hurd)
Song of Mary (Manibusan)
The Lord is Near (Booth)
Turn To Me (Foley)
You Are Near (Schutte)
You Are the Light (Hart)

 

Communion

Behold the Lamb (Willett)
Behold the Lamb (Maher)
Behold the Lamb of God (Dufford)
Bread of Heaven (Manibusan)
I am the Bread of Life (Toolan)
In the Breaking of the Bread (Smith)
Miracle of Grace (Stephan)
O God You Search Me (Farrell)
One Bread One Body (Foley)
One Love Released (Keil)
Our Blessing Cup (Hurd)
Panis Angelicus
Spirit and Grace (Monalo)
Supper of the Lord (Rosiana)
Taste and See (Kendzia)
The Body of Christ (Hart)
Unless a Grain of Wheat
We Belong to You (Thomson)
We Remember (Haugen)

 

Meditation Songs

(Any of the Offertory songs are also appropriate for meditation after Communion)
All is Well With My Soul
Ave Maria (Schubert, sung)
Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod keyboard instrumental)
Be Still and Know (Booth)
Be Thou My Vision (Irish Traditional)
Christ in Me Arise (Thomson)
Give Me Jesus (Hanson)
Give Us Your Peace (Manibusan)
Go in Peace (Hart)
Fly Like a Bird (Canedo)
Holy is the Name (Manibusan)
I Have Finished the Race (LaRosa)
J’irai La Voir Un Jour
King of My Love My Shepherd Is (Kroger) (go to timestamp: 4:02)
Leading Us Home (Agrisano)
Peace I Leave with You (Bridge)
The Blessing (Furtick)

 

Songs of Farewell

Go in Peace (Hart)
O Loving God (Celtic Song of Farewell to the tune of "Danny Boy")
Song of Farewell (Brown)
Song of Farewell (Joncas)
Song of Farewell (Old Hundredth) (Smolarski)
Songs of the Angels (Dufford)

 

Recessional

Be Not Afraid (Dufford)
Christ Be Our Light (Farrell)
For You Are My God (Foley)
Glory and Praise to Our God
Holy God We Praise Thy Name
Hosea (Talbot)
How Great Thou Art
Let there Be Peace on Earth
On Eagles Wings (Joncas)
Peace I Leave with You My Friends (Landry)
Prayer of St Francis (Temple)
To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King

 

Seasonal

Advent
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Christmas
God So Loved the World (Hart)

Easter
Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Joyful Joyful