It is always difficult at the loss of a loved one. There are so many details striving for our attention. For some, preparing for the Funeral Mass can be complicated and confusing. Our hope is that this web page will help you prepare the readings, music, and other parts of the Funeral Mass for St. Patrick Parish.


A Eulogy is not a necessary part of the Funeral Mass.  If you choose to have a eulogy at the funeral, you may choose no more than 2 people to eulogize your loved one. These persons may speak about the deceased for 3 to 5 minutes total. The eulogy must be typed and given to the Pastor for review two days prior to the service.  At St. Patrick Parish, the eulogy is usually given at the beginning, just after the procession.


There are seven categories of music for the Funeral Mass. While this is not an exhaustive list, it represents the most chosen music for the funeral. As with all Masses, the music at a Funeral Mass must be liturgical music. Some music may not be appropriate for a given Liturgical Season (for instance, “Alleluia” is not permitted during the Lenten Season). We have included links to the music on YouTube for your convenience. Click here to go to the Funeral Music webpage.


The readings at the Funeral Mass help to bring God’s comfort to us in our time of need.  They build a bridge between God’s love moving in Salvation History and our lives today.  Through the Sacred Scriptures, God Himself speaks to us today.  Attached (click here) is a document with the Old Testament and New Testament readings for funerals.


Entrance or Gathering Hymns

All Creatures of Our God and King

Amazing Grace

Be Not Afraid

I Know that My Redeemer Lives (Duke Street)

O God Our Help in Ages Past

Lord, You have come to the Seashore

Responsorial Psalms

Psalm 23 – Chant

Psalm 23 – The Lord Is My Shepherd

Psalm 25 – I Lift Up My Soul

Psalm 27 – The Lord Is My Light

Psalm 42 – As the Deer Longs

Psalm 63 – My Soul Is Thirsting

Psalm 103 – The Lord Is Kind and Merciful

Psalm 116 – In the Presence of God

Psalm 122 – Let Us Go Rejoicing

Psalm 130 – Out of the Depths

Preparation of the Altar Hymns

Amazing Grace

Be Not Afraid

Come to Me (Weston Priory)

Eye Has Not Seen

Here I Am, Lord


I Know that My Redeemer Lives (Which one?)

Keep in Mind

Only a Shadow

Only in God (Talbot)

Prayer of St. Francis

Seek Ye First

Softly and Tenderly

The King of Love

The Lord Is My Light

The Summons

We Walk by Faith

What Wondrous Love Is This

Communion Hymns

Ave Maria

Bread for the World

Bread of Life

Bread, Blessed and Broken

Gentle Woman

I Am the Bread of Life

On Eagle’s Wings

One Bread, One Body

Only This I Want

Psalm 24 – As the Deer Longs

Taste and See

This Alone

Unless a Grain of Wheat (Farrell)

Unless a Grain of Wheat (Hurd)

We Remember

Meditation Hymns

Go in Peace

In Paradisum

J’rai La Voir Un Jour

Final Commendation (Incensing of the Body)

Irish Blessing      

I Know that My Redeemer Lives (Which one?)

Song of Farewell

First Recessional Hymn

Jesus Remember Me (always done)

Second Recessional Hymns

For All the Saints

How Great Thou Art

I Am the Bread of Life

In the Garden

Let There Be Peace on Earth

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

O Loving God

Old Rugged Cross

Precious Lord, Take My Hand