Guide to Selecting Songs and Readings for a Funeral Mass
While one of our clergy or parish staff will be assisting a bereaved family with the planning of the funeral Mass for their loved one, we have provided basic information and a list of songs and readings here that may be of help when making those choices.
You will need to choose 3 readings:
- ONE from Old Testament
- ONE from New Testament
- ONE from the Books of the Gospels in the New Testament
Readings may be done by family members or friends, or the parish will provide a lector to read them.
Follow this link for Suggested Readings.
You will need to make 5 choices:
- Opening Song
- Responsorial Psalm
- Offertory Song
- Communion Song
- Closing Song
The songs are taken from the Breaking Bread missal, which is used for all parish liturgies, including funerals. Led by a parish-approved cantor and accompanist, the funeral songs are meant to be sung by the congregation, so that all present may participate in a very important part of the funeral liturgy: sung prayer.
Follow this link for Suggested Songs.