Commonly used funeral hymns

St. Angela Merici Parish has compiled a list of commonly used funeral hymns. Liturgies celebrated in church have a greater variety of possibilities because the congregation has use of parish hymnals. Selections are needed for the processional/gathering; the presentation of the gifts; Communion; and the recessional. Often-used hymns include, but are not limited to:


Be Not Afraid

Here I Am, Lord

Amazing Grace

Eat This Bread

Alleluia! The Strife is O’er

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

We Have Been Told

The King of Love

On Eagle’s Wings

You Are Mine

How Great Thou Art

I Am the Bread of Life

Blest Are They

Eye Has Not Seen

You Are Near

Now Thank We All Our God


Liturgies celebrated in the funeral home draw musical selections from the “Order of Christian Funerals.” Often-used hymns include, but are not limited, to the following:


Be Not Afraid

Eat This Bread

On Eagle’s Wings

For All the Saints

Amazing Grace

Blest Are They

You Are Near

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling


The processional, Communion and recessional hymns should be selected from the worship aid to which the congregation has access. A cantor solo is permitted during the presentation of the gifts. This selection may or may not be listed in the worship aid. Often-used hymns include, but are not limited, to the following:


Come to the Water

Like a Shepherd

Only in God

Take Lord, Receive


The Responsorial Psalm is chosen by the music minister; the “Ave Maria” may be sung as a prelude to the liturgy, but not during it.


SOURCE: Peter Weilbaecher, minister of music, St. Angela Merici


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