Funerals (The Rite of Christian Burial)

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For Christians, the Rite of Christian Burial brings hope and consolation to the living. While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rite also recalls to bereaved families God’s mercy and love and meets the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis.

Please consult with your Funeral Director as to how arrangements are to be made with the church. A representative from the church can aid you in the selection of appropriate readings and music for the funeral Mass, as well as answer any questions you may have regarding the Mass or eulogy.

Choosing Music

The following list of music is offered as a guide to help you in choosing appropriate music for a funeral Mass. This is by no means a complete or exhaustive list and your choices are not limited to those listed. There is, however, a variety of styles from which to choose - from traditional to contemporary, and our list does contain the most familiar and oft requested hymns. Saint John Parish uses the hymnal Breaking Bread, published by OCP.

Links to the audio samples will take you to another website where you may listen to all or a part of the song.

While we do try to honor special music requests, please note that the text of your music selections must be sacred and should come from a reputable sacred music publisher. Popular secular songs are better shared with family and friends in a non-liturgical gathering. Pre-recorded music may not be played during the funeral rite.

It is the policy of St. John's church that one of our experienced cantors be contracted to sing.

Contact our Music Director Paul Hoffman by email or by calling (617) 610-2255 if you have any questions regarding music for the funeral rite.

Gathering Songs Link to Audio File (if available)
All I Ask of You - Weston Priory  
Amazing Grace - NEW BRITAIN  
Be Not Afraid - Bob Dufford, S.J. YouTube
Come to Me, O Weary Traveler - Bob Moore Listen (excerpt)
Here I Am, Lord - Dan Schutte YouTube
I Heard the Voice of Jesus - KINGSFOLD YouTube
Responsorial Psalms
Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God - Marty Haugen YouTube
Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd - Scot Crandal Listen (excerpt)
Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light - Christopher Walker Listen (excerpt)
Psalm 27: The Goodness of the Lord - Scott Soper Listen (excerpt)
Psalm 42: As the Deer Longs - Bob Hurd Listen (complete mp3)
Psalm 63: My Soul Is Thirsting - Steve Angrisano Listen (complete mp3)
Preparation of the Gifts
Ave Maria - Schubert YouTube
Endless Is You Love - Kendzia YouTube
Eye Has Not Seen - Marty Haugen YouTube
I Have Loved You - Michael Joncas Listen (complete mp3) YouTube
On Eagle's Wings - Michael Joncas (may also be used as a Psalm) Listen (complete mp3)
You Are Mine - David Haas YouTube
How Lovely is Your Dwelling - John Foley Listen (excerpt)
How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place - Randall DeBruyn  
Psalm 42 (As the Deer Longs) - O WALY WALY  
The King of Love My Shepherd Is - ST. COLUMBA YouTube
Prayer of St. Francis - Temple YouTube
Communion Processionals
I Am the Bread of Life - Suzanne Toolan, RSM YouTube
Because the Lord is My Shepherd - Christopher Walker Listen (instrumental)
Blest Are They - David Haas Listen (excerpt)
My Soul Is Thirsting - Bob Hurd Listen (complete mp3)
Taste and See - James E. Moore, Jr.  
The Supper of the Lord - Lawrenc e Rosania Listen (excerpt)
Panis Angelicus - Franck YouTube
NOTE: Psalms listed above may also be sung at this time.  
Recessionals
Go In Peace - Sarah Hart, Dwight Liles YouTube
How Great Thou Art - Stuart K. Hine  
I Know That My Redeemer Lives - Scott Soper YouTube
O Loving God (Irish Funeral Prayer) - LONDONDERRY AIR  
Precious Lord, Take My Hand - Thomas A. Dorsey YouTube
Song of Farewell - Ernest Sands YouTube
We Will Rise Again - David Haas Listen