Funeral Liturgy

Christian Funerals at St. Jude Church

CELEBRATING Christian funerals:

PRAYING for our beloved departed:

COMFORTING mourners:

SHOULDERING our responsibilities:

The quotes above are from the Order of Christian Funerals, approved for use in the United States by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and confirmed by the Apostolic See. 0 1989,1985, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. (ICEL). All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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How are the rites celebrated for someone who chooses cremation?

What rites can be used for miscarried or stillborn infants?

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What is done for a lapsed Catholic?

What is the proper place for the Funeral Rites?

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What is the Rite of Committal?

Why is the grave or tomb the preferred site for the Rite of Committal?

THE ORDER OF CHRISTIAN FUNERALS has three principal parts: the Vigil for the Deceased; the Funeral Mass or the Funeral Liturgy outside Mass; the Rite of Committal.

VIGIL FOR THE DECEASED

INTRODUCTORY RITES
Greeting
Opening Hymn
Invitation to Prayer
Opening Prayer

LITURGY OF THE WORD
Scripture Readings with Responsorial Psalm
Homily

PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Litany
The Lord’s Prayer
Concluding Prayer (A family member or friend may speak in remembrance of the deceased.)

CONCLUDING RITE
Blessing
Song and/or a few minutes of silent prayer

FUNERAL MASS

INTRODUCTORY RITES
Greeting & Sprinkling with Holy Water
Placing of the Pall (and Christian Symbols)
Entrance Procession
Opening Hymn
Opening Prayer

LITURGY OF THE WORD
Scripture Readings with Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation
Homily
General Intercessions

LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Preparation of the Altar and the Gifts
Eucharistic Prayer
Communion Rite

FINAL COMMENDATION
Invitation to Prayer
Song of Farewell and Incense
Prayer of Commendation

PROCESSION TO THE PLACE OF COMMITAL

RITE OF COMMITTAL

Invitation
Scripture Verse
Prayer over the Place of Committal
Committal
Intercessions
The Lord’s Prayer

Concluding Prayer

Prayer over the People

These Readings are suggested in the Order of Christian Funerals. At a funeral, one reading from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament and a Gospel are proclaimed. (Click onto the Bible Gateway and enter a bible reference from the tables below to get the verse online.)

Old Testament

 

New Testament

 

Gospel

 

The people of St. Jude Church hope this list will help you at a difficult time. These are appropriate suggested hymns for a Catholic Funeral Mass. A parish representative will assist you with your planning. The hymns listed below are in GATHER Third Edition, the hymnal in our pews. During the season of Lent, we do not sing hymns marked with *, because we do not sing “alleluia” until Easter. If the Funeral service is not a Mass, “Preparation of the Altar and the Gifts” and “Communion Hymn” are omitted. Click on the  icon to listen to the music where available. In respect of the Catholic faith, the liturgy and the holy space only sacred hymns and songs will be sung and played in the sanctuary before, during and after the funeral Mass.

OPENING HYMN

This is the first hymn of the Funeral Mass.

Listen
611  * All Creatures of Our God and King
949 * Alleluia! Sing to Jesus  
687 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
645 Amazing Grace
536 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
683 Be Not Afraid
735 Blest Are they
884  * For All The Saints
777 Here I Am, Lord
615 Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
694 How Firm A Foundation
578 How Great Thou Art
527 I Know That My Redeemer Lives
870 Jerusalem, My Happy Home
540  * Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
614 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You  
881 Lift High the Cross  
663 Lord of All Hopefulness  
641 Love Divine, All Love Excelling
828 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
855 Morning Has Broken
688 O God, Our Help in Ages Past
691 On Eagle’s Wings
539 Sing with All the Saints in Glory
573 To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
871 We Shall Rise Again
642 What Wondrous Love Is This
721 You Are Mine

 

During the season of Advent

Listen
395 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
414 The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns
406 Wait for the Lord

 

During the season of Christmas

Listen
424 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
440 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

 

During the season of Lent

Listen
475 Tree of Life

 

During the season of Easter

Listen
*540 Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
*Not sung during Lent

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

The cantor or choir leads us in this scriptural song after the first reading from the Bible.

Click the Psalm below for the lectionary text.In some cases, the lyrics used in the recording may be different than the linked text.

Listen
34 Psalm 23 “The Lord Is My Shepherd”
39 Psalm 25 “To You O Lord”
41 Psalm 27  “The Lord Is My Light”
1227 Psalm 42  “Like a Deer That Longs”
56 Psalm 63 “My Soul Is Thirsting”
71 Psalm 100 “We Are God’s People”
75 Psalm 103 “The Lord Is Kind and Merciful”
84 Psalm 122 “Let Us Go Rejoicing”
87 Psalm 130 “With the Lord There Is Mercy”

PREPARATION OF THE ALTAR AND THE
GIFTS

Instrumental music may be played or another hymn from the lists may be sung:

Listen
645 Amazing Grace
Ave Maria – F.Schubert
683 Be Not Afraid
735 Blest Are They  
590 Christ Be Our Light
728 Eye Has Not Seen
889 Hail Mary Gentle Woman  
777 Here I Am, Lord
578 How Great Thou Art
724 I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say  
828 Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
855 Morning Has Broken
688 O God, Our Help in Ages Past
751 The Servant Song
784 We Have Been Told
871 We Shall Rise Again
642 What Wondrous Love Is This  
721 You Are Mine
695 You Are Near

COMMUNION HYMN

One of the following hymns can be sung:

Listen
735 Blest Are They
728 Eye Has Not Seen
940 Gift of Finest Wheat
777 Here I Am, Lord
945 I Am The Bread of Life
663 Lord of All Hopefulness
932 One Bread, One Body
950 Take and Eat
930 Taste and See
 712 The King of Love, My Shepherd Is
751 The Servant Song
721 You Are Mine
695 You Are Near

HYMN OF FAREWELL

We sing one farewell hymn, gathered around our loved one, before leaving the church.

Listen
611 * All Creatures of our God and King
645 Amazing Grace
536 At the Lamb’s high Feast We Sing
683 Be Not Afraid
590 Christ Be Our Light
976 Dwellers in the Holy City
578 How Great Thou Art  
04 I Shall See My God (My Redeemer Lives)
828 Make Me A Channel of Your Peace
691 On Eagle’s wings
712 The King of Love My Shepherd Is
 475  ^ Three of Life
642 What Wondrous Love Is This
721 You Are Mine
695 You Are Near
*Not sung during Lent Season
^Sung during Lent Season

Other Hymns, Psalms and Sacred Songs

There are other beautiful hymns, Psalms and sacred songs that can be played and sung. When possible, we will work to accommodate different requests always in respect of the Catholic liturgy and funeral Mass.

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