Catholic FAQ


Latest Threads
newest posts



Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Liturgy and Sacraments
 

Welcome to Catholic Answers Forums, the largest Catholic Community on the Web.

Here you can join over 400,000 members from around the world discussing all things Catholic. Membership is open to all, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who seek the Truth with Charity.

To gain full access, you must register for a FREE account. Registered members are able to:
  • Submit questions about the faith to experts from Catholic Answers
  • Participate in all forum discussions
  • Communicate privately with Catholics from around the world
  • Plus join a prayer group, read with the Book Club, and much more.
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. So join our community today!

Have a question about registration or your account log-in? Just contact our Support Hotline.

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search Thread Display
  #1  
Old Jan 28, '08, 6:21 am
TOP TOP is offline
Regular Member
Book Club Member
 
Join Date: June 22, 2005
Posts: 3,139
Default Hymns for Funeral Mass?

Can you pick any hymns you want for a funeral Mass? What can and can't be used? How many are sung usually? Thanks, Tim
  #2  
Old Jan 28, '08, 6:31 am
maryj maryj is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: January 14, 2005
Posts: 2,134
Religion: catholic
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

the hymnal we use at my church has a listing in the back index, the songs are listed in groups, ie. advent, Christmas, church, wedding, funeral etc. The people at your churchs office can also help you pick the music, they will have a list. When I planned my mothers funeral last summer, I had all the music picked out before our priest came to visit at the house. We talked about the readings and the music then. You'll need
Opening Hymn
A Psalm for the response after the first reading
song for when the gifts are brought up
Communion song
recessional
We also had my niece play a song on her violin after communion

Hope that helps. Music is suppose to be in accordance with the Holy Mass. I'm not sure if secular music is allowed during Mass but maybe after Communion, but you'd have to consult the priest or the liturgical coordinator at your parish.
Hope that helps
  #3  
Old Jan 28, '08, 6:41 am
TOP TOP is offline
Regular Member
Book Club Member
 
Join Date: June 22, 2005
Posts: 3,139
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

Very informative, thanks. I'm leaving a to do list in case of my own demise and don't want to roll over in my casket because of some hymn . I'm looking for something traditional, but I don't know the names of the hymns. I'll check for an index in the hymnal. Tim
  #4  
Old Jan 28, '08, 7:03 am
kim3260 kim3260 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: October 4, 2006
Posts: 438
Religion: Roman Catholic
Post Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

Quote:
Originally Posted by TOP View Post
Very informative, thanks. I'm leaving a to do list in case of my own demise and don't want to roll over in my casket because of some hymn . I'm looking for something traditional, but I don't know the names of the hymns. I'll check for an index in the hymnal. Tim
I am not very informed on Music or titles either, but at my Papaw's Funeral Mass, also my MIL's and my sister's, I remembered, "I am the Light of the World, he who Believes in Me shall not die"
It is a very fitting song for a Funeral Mass.
  #5  
Old Jan 28, '08, 7:16 am
TOP TOP is offline
Regular Member
Book Club Member
 
Join Date: June 22, 2005
Posts: 3,139
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

I just found this. http://junior.apk.net/~bmames/hymnsnj.htm
  #6  
Old Jan 28, '08, 8:06 am
OutinChgoburbs OutinChgoburbs is offline
Senior Member
Forum Supporter
 
Join Date: December 28, 2004
Posts: 7,008
Religion: Catholic (Latin Rite)
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

I always liked "Now Thank We All Our God".
__________________
I am who I am, and that's all that I am!
http://retreadparent.blogspot.com/
  #7  
Old Jan 28, '08, 10:41 am
BlestOne BlestOne is offline
 
Join Date: March 6, 2005
Posts: 7,780
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

I have done Hosea at funeral masses...
  #8  
Old Jan 28, '08, 12:33 pm
benedictgal benedictgal is offline
Veteran Member
Forum Supporter
Book Club Member
 
Join Date: October 22, 2007
Posts: 11,407
Religion: Catholic-Latin Rite
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

When my beloved grandmother died (paternal), I selected the following for her funeral Mass (she died the week before Holy Week):

Entrance: Attended Domine
Psalm: The Lord is my shepherd...(I didn't want that one, but my dad did, so he won).
Offertory: I Heard the Voice of Jesus
Communion: We Have Been Told
Paradisium
Recessional: Salve Regina (in Latin)


For me, I would like the following:

Entrance: Attended Domine
(But, if it's Easter, Jesus Christ is Ris'n Today)
Psalm: With the Lord, there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
Offertory: What Wondrous Love is This
Communion: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
(But, if it's Easter, Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether)
Paradisium
Recessional: Salve Regina
  #9  
Old Jan 28, '08, 2:38 pm
Sarabande's Avatar
Sarabande Sarabande is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: March 9, 2007
Posts: 5,645
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

I'm a musician for a lot of funerals. There are a couple generations of people who are dying out (between 40-80) and they always request the following. (These are not my choices, but those of the deceased or the family)

- On Eagles Wings (no. 1 pick)
- Amazing Grace (no. 2 pick)
- Here I Am Lord (no. 3 pick)
- Ave Maria (half and half - they request this even if there are no other requests)

We used to always get requests for a setting of the Irish Blessing, but I think that generation is pretty much gone now. It's very rare.

Here is what the musicians sometimes choose when there are no "requests". Families have actually approached us afterwards to tell us that they never heard some these hymns before, but they were so meaningful and beautiful. (Where I cantor for funerals is the cathedral, so people come from all over the diocese.)

- What Wondrous Love is This
- I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
- The King of Love My Shepherd Is - St. Columbia tune (one of my favorites - Psalm 22-23)
- Adoro Te Devote/God With Hidden Majesty (also one of my faves)
- Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
- Lord of All Hopefulness
- He Comes to Us as One Unknown
- Panis Angelicus (hymn)

We also do a lovely and simple setting of "Receive His/Her Soul"
  #10  
Old Jan 28, '08, 2:52 pm
TOP TOP is offline
Regular Member
Book Club Member
 
Join Date: June 22, 2005
Posts: 3,139
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

My uncle is a tenor and good soloist. He sung at my mom's funeral. What would be a good choice for a tenor to do? Thanks, Tim
  #11  
Old Jan 28, '08, 5:48 pm
THutch04 THutch04 is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: September 20, 2005
Posts: 845
Send a message via AIM to THutch04
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

Well, I don't know if all of these will be possible, but my IDEAL would be:

Entrance: O God Our Help In Ages Past
Psalm: I REALLY like Psalm 23 but I haven't heard any good responsorial versions of it...
Offertory: Be Still, My Soul
Communion: The Strife is O'er
Recessional: Guide Me O, Thou Great Jehovah
__________________
Finally gained 5 pounds! Five more to go until I'm at my goal weight!
  #12  
Old Jan 28, '08, 9:22 pm
Sarabande's Avatar
Sarabande Sarabande is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: March 9, 2007
Posts: 5,645
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

Quote:
Originally Posted by TOP View Post
My uncle is a tenor and good soloist. He sung at my mom's funeral. What would be a good choice for a tenor to do? Thanks, Tim
Do you mean non-hymn like compositions? This is what I could think of so far.

There is a "Panis Angelicus" by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Tenors and Sopranos sing it. In this sample, a boy soprano is singing it.

http://www.mtraks.com/artist/daniel_...anis_angelicus

Ave Verum Corpus by Elgar:
http://www.stclementchurch.org/offli...arAveVerum.php

If there is going to be a prayerful meditation for a Hail Mary,
Ave Maria by Gabriel Faure (This is scored for soprano or tenor. We actually had this for when we were with the Blessed Mother at our wedding)
http://www.stclementchurch.org/offli...reAveMaria.php

Ave Maria by Cesar Franck (scored for soprano or tenor)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/music/wma-p...00025QSX001007
  #13  
Old Jan 28, '08, 9:35 pm
Sarabande's Avatar
Sarabande Sarabande is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: March 9, 2007
Posts: 5,645
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

I have never thought about what I'd want for sacred music at my funeral until now, even though I sing for funerals all the time.

For me, if my family can't hire competant musicians, I would prefer no music at all except to have someone chant the psalm, Gospel Acclamation and to have chanting for the parts of the mass. (I really don't like most of the settings to the mass now-a-days. Some are ok, but there is one which I and many of my colleagues from various parishes or just my Catholic musician colleagues in general cannot stand. Thank goodness we don't do it at our parish. I won't say what it is, but we have a nickname for it, calling it the mass of destruction.)

If competant musicians could be hired for my funeral, I would want some movements of the Requiem mass by Maurice Durufle for organ and choir. I believe that the church no longer does Requiem masses (Why is that? They seem to be more meaningful. If they still did Requiem masses, this would be the mass setting) I'd want the Pie Jesu from that Requiem sung for my sending off at the end of the mass. I know, this is just an ideal. Durufle really knew how to incorporate the chants beautifully and perfectly into his compositions and still be extremely reverent with it.

I also love the Faure Requiem Mass (it's an extremely close second), but the Durufle is my favorite.
  #14  
Old Jan 29, '08, 1:54 pm
STSUSANNAMUSIC STSUSANNAMUSIC is offline
Inactive Member
 
Join Date: January 29, 2008
Posts: 1
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

I play about 30 funerals a year, and I would say I play "On Eagles Wings" for 28 of them! Sorry, Michael Joncas, I wish I wouldn't have to play it ever again! Some of my favs are "Lord of all Hopefulness"
"How can I keep from singing" "The King of love my shepherd is"
"Shepherd Me O God" is almost as popular, but it hasn't gotten on my nerves yet!
There is a setting of the song of farewell that is set to the "Danny boy" tune,(Londonderry air) that really helps when people want that. It is called "Celtic song of farewell"
  #15  
Old Jan 29, '08, 2:16 pm
TOP TOP is offline
Regular Member
Book Club Member
 
Join Date: June 22, 2005
Posts: 3,139
Default Re: Hymns for Funeral Mass?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sarabande View Post
Do you mean non-hymn like compositions? This is what I could think of so far.

There is a "Panis Angelicus" by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Tenors and Sopranos sing it. In this sample, a boy soprano is singing it.

http://www.mtraks.com/artist/daniel_...anis_angelicus

Ave Verum Corpus by Elgar:
http://www.stclementchurch.org/offli...arAveVerum.php

If there is going to be a prayerful meditation for a Hail Mary,
Ave Maria by Gabriel Faure (This is scored for soprano or tenor. We actually had this for when we were with the Blessed Mother at our wedding)
http://www.stclementchurch.org/offli...reAveMaria.php

Ave Maria by Cesar Franck (scored for soprano or tenor)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/music/wma-p...00025QSX001007
Thanks for the links and idea's. Tim
Closed Thread

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Liturgy and Sacraments

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search Thread
Search Thread:

Advanced Search
Display

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help get my son to Mass Gertabelle Family Life 2 Sep 23, '06 7:02 pm



Prayer Intentions

Most Active Groups
8569Meet and talk,talk talk
Last by: Kellyreneeomara
5241CAF Prayer Warriors Support Group
Last by: UpUpAndAway
4436Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother
Last by: DesertSister62
4037OCD/Scrupulosity Group
Last by: eschator83
3893Let's empty Purgatory
Last by: RJB
3876SOLITUDE
Last by: tuscany
3461Petitions Before the Blessed Sacrament
Last by: Amiciel
3318Poems and Reflections
Last by: PathWalker
3237Catholic Vegetarians & Vegans
Last by: 4elise
3170For seniors and shut- ins
Last by: flower lady



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 5:29 am.

Home RSS Feeds - Home - Archive - Top

Copyright © 2004-2014, Catholic Answers.