Funeral Readings and Music

Funeral Scripture Readings

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First Reading

  • 1. Job 19:1, 23-27a
    I know that my vindicator lives.
  • 2. Wisdom 3:1-9
    As sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
  • 3. Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9
    He will destroy death forever. 

Or during Easter Time

  • 4. Acts 10:34-43
    He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.
  • 5. Revelation 14:13
    Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
  • 6. Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7
    There shall be no more death.

Second Reading

  • 1. Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39
    What will separate us from the love of Christ?
  • 2. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
    Death is swallowed up in victory.
  • 3. 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10
    We have a building from God, eternal in heaven.

 Gospel Reading

  • 1. Matthew 5:1-12a
    Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
  • 2. John 6:51-58
    Whoever eats this bread will live forever, and I will raise them up on the last day.
  • 3. John 14:1-6
    In my Father’s house there are many dwellings.

Funeral Sacred Music

 Opening Hymn

  1. Be Not Afraid
  2. Here I Am, Lord
  3. I Have Loved You
  4. Morning Has Broken
  5. You Are Mine

 Responsorial Psalm

  1. Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd (Haugen or Gelineau)
  2. Psalm 27: The Lord Is My Light (Haas)
  3. Psalm 103: The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Haugen)

Offertory Hymn

  1. Blest Are They
  2. God of Day and God of Darkness
  3. Hosea
  4. Prayer of St. Francis
  5. We Remember

Communion Hymn

  1. Gift of Finest Wheat
  2. I am the Bread of Life
  3. One Bread, One Body

Meditation Hymn

  1. Ave Maria
  2. Hail Mary: Gentle Woman
  3. Panis Angelicus

Closing Hymn

  1. Christ, Be Our Light
  2. How Great Thou Art
  3. Let There Be Peace on Earth
  4. On Eagle’s Wings
  5. Soon and Very Soon

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