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Memorial Mass for Pope John Paul II
During the Easter Season

Music Suggestions

  • "All Creatures of Our God and King" (tune- Lasst uns erfreuen)
  • "Alleluia! the Strife Is O;er" (tune- Palestrina / Victory)
  • "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" (tune- Llanfair)
  • "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today" (tune- Surgit in hæc dies)
  • "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)
  • "Now the Green Blade Riseth" (tune- Noel nouvelet)
  • "O Christ, the World's Salvation" [Dennis DiPaolo] CNP Catalog #4423
  • "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)
Liturgical Music: Vocal & Choral Music:
  • "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)
  • "Christ Rising Again" (Thomas Tomkins, Christopher Tye)
  • "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 Am the Resurrection" (Thomas Morley, Healey Willan)
  • "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" (Michael Cox) CNP Catalog #5285
  • "In paradisum" (Gregorian chant) [Worship III Hymnal #178, Adoremus Hymnal #572, Collegeville Hymnal #411, Catholic Book of Worship II #599, Liber usualis p.1768]
  • "Iustorum animæ" (Colin Brumby) CNP Catalog #5130
  • "Iustorum animæ" (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)
  • "O sacrum convivium" (Eugene Englert) CNP Catalog #5083
  • "Psalm 122" (J.P. Sweelinck)
  • "Requiem æternam" (Martini / Penkala) CNP Catalog #5092
  • "See What Love the Father" from Saint Paul (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • "Sicut cervus" (Palestrina / Angelini) CNP Catalog #7090
  • "Simon, Son of John" (Michael Starke) CNP Catalog #5145
  • "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)
Organ Music:
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:
The death of a pope, especially one so beloved as was Pope John Paul II, is a somber time for the entire Church. Music that underscores the universality of the mourning should play a large part in the Memorial Mass scheduled in each diocese and parish. Certainly, abundant use of Latin can help in this regard. While it may be "touching" for the parish to engage in their own familiar and typical funeral songs ("Be Not Afraid" comes to mind), it is perhaps more important to tap into the ways that the Church Universal (in your parish, in Rome, and around the world) can sing, chant and mourn together with similar music.

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