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Please consider the following when planning a funeral Mass at either OLGH or St. Theresa Shrine. It is the obligation of every parish to provide for a dignified Catholic burial that respects the integrity and sacredness of the Liturgy:
Grant Them Eternal Rest O, Lord
I Know That My Redeemer Lives
Requiem Aternam (from Latin Entrance Rite)
Be Thou My Vision
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Usually sung, led by the Cantor
See suggestions after First readings.
Songs closely based on specified psalms may be used.
Offertory (Preparation for Mass):
Instrumental Music (not during Lent)
Prayer of St. Francis
Mary Full of Grace (O Sanctissima)
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Lord of All Hopefulness
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Take and Eat, This is My Body
I Am the Bread of Life
Eat This Bread, Drink This Cup
Panis Angelicus (Latin, “Bread of Angels”)
Shelter Me, O God
Shepherd Me, O God (Psalm 23)
On Eagle’s Wings
Eye Has Not Seen
In Paradisum Chant (In Latin or English)
I believe That My Redeemer Lives
Jerusalem, My Happy Home
O Loving God
Alleluia, The Strife is O’er
We Will Rise Again
How Great Thou Art
Sing With All the Saints In Glory
For further assistance, please contact the the parish organist, Peter LaMoria by calling the parish office, 568-8280.
Readings for the Funeral Liturgy
In every celebration for the dead, the Church attaches great importance to the reading of the word of God. The readings proclaim to the assembly the Paschal Mystery, teach remembrance of the dead, convey the hope of being gathered together again in God's kingdom, and encourage the witness of Christian life. Above all, the readings tell of God's designs for a world in which suffering and death will relinquish their hold on all whom God has called his own. A careful selection and use of readings from Scripture for the funeral rites will provide the family with an opportunity to hear God speak to them in their needs, sorrows, fears, and hopes.
In the celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at the funeral liturgy, the Biblical readings may not be replaced by non-biblical readings. But during prayer services with the family non-biblical readings may be used in addition to readings from Scripture.
– Order of Christian Funerals, General Introduction, nos. 22-23
Funeral Liturgy Readings
Second Reading (or First Reading when no Old Testament Readings are selected)
The Gospel is chosen by Priest or Deacon who is preaching.