St. Mary of the Assumption Parish

Suggested Music for the Funeral Mass


If you would like to leave any or all of the selections blank, the music director would be happy to make appropriate choices on your behalf.



The hymns below grouped according to their most appropriate place in the Mass. In some cases, we may change the order of the selections.



Entrance—songs of comfort, faith, and hope in eternal life


All Creatures of Our God and King *

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus *

Amazing Grace

Be Not Afraid

Be Thou My Vision (Irish folk tune)

Christ Be Beside Me (words attributed to St. Patrick)

Eternal Father, Strong to Save (The Navy Hymn)

Here I am, Lord

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

I Know that My Redeemer Lives

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Jesus Christ is Risen Today *

Lord of All Hopefulness (Irish folk tune)

Morning Has Broken

Nearer, My God to Thee

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven *

This Day God Gives Me (music same as Morning Has Broken)


Responsorial Psalm—settings from the book of psalms


Psalm 23

The Lord is My Shepherd


Shepherd Me, O God


The King of Love My Shepherd is (Irish folk tune)

Psalm 25

Hold Me in Life, for you are my safety

Psalm 27

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation

Psalm 63

My Soul is Thirsting for You, O Lord my God

Psalm 90

On Eagle’s Wings

Psalm 103

The Lord is Kind and Merciful





Preparation of the Gifts


Abide with Me

Amazing Grace

Ave Maria (we use the setting by Schubert, unless otherwise requested)

Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death

Christ Be Beside Me (words attributed to St. Patrick)

Come Holy Ghost

I Heard the Voice of Jesus

Immaculate Mary

Lead Me Lord

O Lord, I am not Worthy

On Eagle’s Wings

Prayer of St. Francis (Make me a channel of your peace…)

There is a Balm in Gilead



Communion—Eucharistic Hymns, Hymns about Faith in Christ


Abide with Me

Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)

Be Not Afraid

Come Down, O Love Divine

Gift of Finest Wheat

I am the Bread of Life

I Heard the Voice of Jesus

Jerusalem, My Happy Home

Lord, Who at thy first Eucharist

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Nearer, My God, To Thee

O Divine Redeemer (Gounod)

Panis Angelicus (“Bread of the Angels”)

Shepherd of Souls

The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte)

Then Shall the Righteous Shine (from Elijah)




Please indicate if you would like Irish Blessing sung before the final hymn:


“May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”




Recessional—Songs of Praise and Resurrection


America the Beautiful

Eternal Father, Strong to Save (The Navy Hymn)

For all the Saints, who from their Labors Rest *

Holy God, We Praise thy Name

How Great Thou Art

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Jesus Christ is Risen Today *

Lift High the Cross

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory (Battle Hymn of the Republic) *

Now Thank We All Our God

Praise, My Soul the King of Heaven *

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones *




 *Hymns marked with a * are not normally sung during Lent.



This list represents our suggestions for music for the Funeral Mass.


 If you would like a song or hymn that is not listed here, please let us know, and we will make every effort to include it if it is appropriate for the Funeral liturgy.