Music for the Funeral Liturgy at St. Edmond

In times of grief and sorrow, we often turn to music as an expression of our faith — of those beliefs and hopes we sometimes cannot express in words.  Whether planning the Funeral Liturgy of a loved one or pre-planning your own, the music you select can say a lot about what you, your family and loved ones believe.  It can be a great source of comfort and consolation to the living.  The music you select can even inspire new faith or renewed faith in the lives of your family and friends.  We hope the musical choices below will help you to select music that is both comforting and up-lifting.

In the funeral liturgy there several opportunities for hymns:

  1. The Gathering Song [when we enter the church]
  2. The Song at the Presentation of the Gifts
  3. The Song at Communion
  4. Communion Reflection
  5. Song of Farewell [just before we leave the church]
  6. The Closing Song.

We offer the following suggestions for your consideration. The placement of the music is usually best left to the discretion and experience of the parish musician.

Most Commonly Selected Hymns for Funeral Masses:

Amazing Grace

Be Not Afraid

Here I Am, Lord

How Great Thou Art

I Am the Bread of Life

On Eagle’s Wings

Prayer of St. Francis

You Are Mine

Other Frequently Selected Hymns:

Blest Are They

Behold the Lamb

Eye Has Not Seen

Gift of Finest Wheat


How Can I Keep from Singing

Like a Shepherd

Lord of the Dance

Lord, You Have Come (to the Seashore) / Pescador des hombres

One Bread, One Body

Panis Angelicus

Precious Lord

We Remember

We Will Rise Again

Marian Hymns (if desired, one of the following may be chosen for Presentation of Gifts or Communion Meditation)

Ave Maria 

Hail Mary, Gentle Woman

Song of Farewell (Final Commendation – sung when the priest incenses the casket, before the Closing Hymn)

Song of Farewell (May the choir of angels come to greet you . . .)

Song of Farewell  (Come to his/her aid….  Set to the tune of “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” - Old Hundredth)

Jesus Remember Me

O Loving God (words of the final commendation set to the tune of “Danny Boy” –Londonderry Air)

Responsorial Psalm (sung between the First and Second Readings by the cantor and congregation)

The following are the most well known settings

Ps. 23 Shepherd Me, O God (Haugen)

Ps. 23 The Lord Is My Shepherd

Ps. 27 The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation

Ps. 91 On Eagle’s Wings

Ps. 103 The Lord is Kind and Merciful