Music in the Funeral Liturgy
"Lord for your faithful people, life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death, we gain an everlasting dwelling place on heaven."
As Christians, we believe that death is a transition, not an end. We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. We believe that by dying he destroyed our death, and through his rising, he restored our life. We are participants in the Resurrection, not simply spectators. This participation begins with our baptism and will continue through the transition of death.
"Music is integral to the funeral rites. It allows the community to express convictions and feelings that words alone may fail to convey. It has the power to console and uplift the mourners and to strengthen the unity of the [gathered] Assembly in faith and love" (Order of Christian Funerals, #30).
The attached list of suggested music reflects our beliefs. It is not intended to be a definitive list of approved liturgical funeral music; however, it is a starting point. (Secular or non-liturgical music is not permitted during the funeral rites.) You are enouraged to pray, then to review the attached list of hymns and psalms—making your choice for each musical prayer moment in the liturgy.
If you need any assistance, please email the parish Director of Liturgy & Music, Jean Toman , 302-731-2435