Catholic Funeral Songs

Selecting Catholic Funeral Songs

When planning a funeral Mass, remember that you are limited to the Catholic funeral songs that can be played or sung. The Catholic church is rich in tradition and while many churches have changed to contemporary formats, there are still those that only allow certain songs and hymns at funerals. If you are in this type of situation, here is a selection that are usually allowed.

You will need to choose up to five songs, and depending on the season in which the funeral is held, certain hymns may or may not be allowed. A variety of songs is available during the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.

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"Amazing Grace"

This time-honored hymn is the perfect addition to a funeral Mass, and is usually played during the recessional.

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"Holy God, We Praise Thy Name"

Another recessional hymn, this song is meant to honor God and praise him for the life He has given -- and taken away.

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"Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee"

Even though a funeral is a time of mourning, it is also a time to celebrate the deceased person's life. This song helps mourners do just that.

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"I Am the Bread of Life"

A common Communion song, this hymn can also be used during the Eucharistic celebration at a funeral Mass.

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"For All the Saints"

This traditional Catholic funeral song can be played during any part of the Mass.

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"O Come, O Come Emmanuel"

Popular during the seasons of Advent and Christmas, this hymn is solemn enough to be sang during a funeral.

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"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

Also commonly used during Advent and Christmas, this song of praise during the holiday season, not only for the birth of Jesus, but for the life of the person who has died.

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"Jesus Christ Is Risen Today"

In celebration of Easter, this hymn is a traditionally played during the Mass' recessional. If the church where you are planning the funeral allows contemporary music try selecting a country or popular funeral song.

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Catholic Funeral Songs