Funeral Mass - Outside the Easter Season
Vocal & Choral Music:
- "All Creatures of Our God and King" (tune- Lasst uns erfreuen)
- "Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life" (tune- The Call)
- "For All the Saints" (tune- Sine nomine)
- "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" (tune- Duke Street)
- "Lead, Kindly Light" (tune- Sandon)
- "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need" (tune- Resignation)
- "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" (tune- Saint Anne)
- "O Lord, You Died That All Might Live" (tune- Melita)
- "Song of Farewell" (tune- Old Hundredth)
- "The King of Love My Shepherd Is" (tune- Saint Columba)
- "The Living God My Shepherd Is" (tune- Brother James' Air)
- "What Wondrous Love Is This" (tune- Wondrous Love)
- "As the Hart Longs" (Felix Mendelssohn)
- "Audivi media nocte" (Thomas Tallis)
- "Bless the Lord, O My Soul" (M. Ippolitoff-Ivanoff)
- "Blest Are They Whose Spirits Long" (Handel / Hopson)
- "But the Lord Is Mindful of His Own" (Felix Mendelssohn)
- "Come, Thou Faithful Servant" (Claudio Monteverdi)
- "De profundis" (W.A. Mozart, Orlando di Lasso, Josquin des Pres)
- "Ego sum panis vivus" (William Byrd, G.P. Palestrina)
- "Exaudi Deus" (Giovanni Croce)
- "God Is My Shepherd" (Antonin Dvorak)
- "God So Loved the World" (John Stainer)
- "Hope Thou in God" (Felix Mendelssohn)
- "I Heard A Voice from Heaven" (William Billings, Thomas Tomkins)
- "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" (J.M. Bach, G.F. Handel, Thomas Morley, Flor Peeters)
- "If God Be for Us" (Melchior Franck, Heinrich Schütz)
- "In paradisum" (Gregorian chant) [Worship III Hymnal #178, Adoremus Hymnal #572, Collegeville Hymnal #411, Catholic Book of Worship II #599, Liber usualis p.1768]
- "Justorum animæ" (Colin Brumby, William Byrd, Orlando di Lasso, C.V. Stanford)
- "Like As A Father" (Luigi Cherubini)
- "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need" (arr. Virgil Thomson)
- "O God, Thou Art My God" (Henry Purcell)
- "Out of the Deep" (Adrian Batten, G.F. Handel, Virgil Thomson, Thomas Tomkins)
- "Psalm 122" (J.P. Sweelinck)
- "Psalm 130" (Paul Manz)
- "Requiem æternam" (Martini / Penkala) CNP Catalog #5092
- "See What Love the Father" from Saint Paul (Felix Mendelssohn)
- "Sicut cervus" (Palestrina / Angelini) CNP Catalog #7090
- "Tantum ergo Sacramentum" (Christopher Bord) CNP Catalog #5099
- "The Call" (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
- "The Gate of Heaven" (Randall Thompson)
- "The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation" (Eugene Englert) [GIA Publications]
- "The Sorrows of My Heart" (William Boyce)
- "The Souls of the Righteous" (T. Tertius Noble, Ralph Vaughan Williams)
- "The Sufferings of the Present" (Melchior Franck)
- "The Twenty-third Psalm" (Franz Schubert, Ralph Vaughan Williams)
The Ceremonial of Bishops, the most recent complete liturgical document from the Holy See, instructs that the organ remain silent during Funeral Masses, except to accompany singing.
There should be no flowers on the altar, and the music of the organ or other instruments is permitted only to assist the singing. [#824]
Hence organ preludes and postludes should not be played.
Liturgical Hints & Ideas:
Liturgical music at funeral Masses is always difficult to program.
So much of the congregation may be non-Catholic or from other Catholic parishes.
Choose simple, familiar music if the congregation is expected to sing responses and hymns.
Never force people to sing; this is a difficult time for the family.
They may be able to pray better through listening than through active (and perhaps awkward) participation.
A cantor/soloist or a funeral choir can be very helpful in providing inspiring music, but should at all cost avoid sentimental selections designed to do no more than elicit tears.