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THE IMPORTANCE OF FUNERAL HYMNS

Music during the funeral service

Music is an integral part of most funeral ceremonies and can vary greatly within the different traditions of the Church. We will arrange the appropriate funeral hymns, soloists, and musicians as preferred by the family to comply with normal Church practice.

Music during the cremation service

When a service for cremation is to take place, whether it follows a traditional church service, or when it is the main service families may wish to bring a CD to the crematorium chapel to be played. We will liaise with the relevant crematorium to co-ordinate this if you wish.

This music can be non-religious to reflect a favourite song or piece of music of the deceased. Soloists and musicians play music if required.

Hymn Selection

ENTRANCE

  • Christ be beside me / Morning has Broken
  • Abide with me
  • When creation was begun
  • Here I am Lord (can also be used as a psalm)
  • Be Not Afraid (can also be used as a psalm)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Holy God we praise thy name
  • Céad Míle Fáilte

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

  • The Lord is my Shepherd 
  • Be not afraid 
  • Here I am Lord 
  • On Eagles Wings 
  • May your love be upon us o Lord

OFFERTORY

  • Ave Maria (Schubert)
  • Ave Maria (Gounod)
  • Ag Chriost an Siol
  • In bread we bring you Lord
  • As I kneel before you
  • All that I am

SIGN OF PEACE

  • Make me a channel of your peace
  • Shalom my friend
  • Dona Nobis Pacem
  • The hand of God shall hold you

COMMUNION

  • Panis Angelicus
  • Pie Jesu (Lloyd Webber)
  • I Watch the Sunrise
  • You Raise me up
  • There is a place (Liam Lawton)
  • Soul of my saviour
  • Be Still my Soul
  • Queen of the May

RECESSIONAL

  • Going Home (Dvorak)
  • Nearer my God to Thee
  • How great thou art
  • I'll walk with God
  • May songs of the angels welcome you

This list is intended as a guideline only. There are many other hymns which are appropriate during a funeral mass/service. If you require further assistance please contact us or consult the Organist/Soloist.

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