Funeral Music

St. Anselm Music Ministry provides music at all of the funerals at our parish.  Each funeral mass will have a cantor (singer) and an organist/pianist.  If you wish to have additional musicians (guitar, strings, additional singers) we can try to accommodate that as well.  We will do our best to honor requests for certain cantors or musicians, however due to the short notice and the fact that many of our musicians work full time jobs we cannot always honor every request, though we will do our best to do so.  The fee for musicians is $125 per person and this is typically handled by the funeral home.

A member of our Bereavement Team will work with you to plan the funeral mass, including the selection of music.  Below are songs that are recommended for a funeral mass.  When selecting music please choose from the songs on this list.  There may be other appropriate songs as this list does not include every single song.  If you have a request that is not on this list please let the Bereavement Team member know and include it on the planning sheet that they will complete.  Please also select a song from this list for the part of the mass in the event that we are not able to use the song that you requested.  Due to church guidelines we can only use songs that have been approved for use at Catholic mass.  We will do our best to accommodate any requests that you have. 

We know that selecting music can be a daunting task during this difficult time.  If you do not wish to select the music we will gladly choose appropriate songs for you.  We have also created a couple of pre-planned lists at the bottom of the page that you can select from.  They may be a good starting point in the music planning process.

If you have any questions throughout the process you can speak to the Bereavement minister that is working with you or you can use the contact portion of this website to email the music director. 

 

Music Suggestions

E=Entrance Chant; P=Presentation and Preparation of Gifts; C=Communion Chant; S=Sending Forth

 

P All Will Be Well

E/P/S Amazing Grace

E/P/C/S Amazing Grace / My Chains Are Gone

E/P/S And Jesus Said

P Ave Maria (Bolduc)

P Ave Maria (Schubert)

C Be Glad and Rejoice

E/P/C Be Not Afraid

E/P Be Still and Know That I Am God

C Blest Are They

S Celtic Song of Farewell

E/P/S Come Home (Softly and Tenderly)

E/P/C Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

C Do This in Memory of Me

E/P/C Fly Like a Bird

E/S For All the Saints (not during the season of Lent)

E/P Give Me Jesus

S Go Forth

S Go in Peace

P/S God, Grant This Suffering Soul Release

E/P God of Love

P Hail Mary: Gentle Woman

C/S I Am the Bread of Life

E/P/C/S I Know that My Redeemer Lives

E/P Lead Kindly, Light

E/C/S Lead Me, Lord

C/S Like a Deer that Longs

S May the Angels Be Your Guide

S May the Road Rise to Meet You

P O God, You Search Me

E/P/C/S On Eagle's Wings

E/S Pastures of the Lord

P/C Prayer of St. Francis

S Quietly, Peacefully

C Shepherd Me, O God

C Sing Me Home to You

C/S So Longs My Soul

P/S Take Me Home

E/P/S The Day Love Brings Us Home (not during the season of Lent)

P/C The Lord is My Shepherd

E/C There Are Many Rooms

P/C You Are Mine

E/P/C You Are Near

 

Song of Farewell

Song of Farewell (Old Hundredth)

 

Here are some pre-planned funeral lists.  You are welcome to choose these and use them as planned, or make substitutions as you see fit.  They can work wonderfully just as they are, or can be a starting point as you customize the music for the funeral liturgy.  You are also welcome to choose your own list from the selections above. 

Option 1 - General (Traditional Music)

Entrance: Be Not Afraid

Presentation: Prayer of St. Francis

Communion: Shepherd Me, O God

Sending Forth: On Eagle's Wings

 

Option 2 - General (Traditional Music)

Entrance: Amazing Grace

Presentation: Ave Maria

Communion: You Are Mine

Sending Forth: I Am the Bread of Life

 

Option 3 - General (Contemporary Music)

Entrance: Amazing Grace / My Chains Are Gone

Presentation: The Day Love Brings Us Home

Communion: Do This in Memory of Me

Sending Forth: Pastures of the Lord

 

Option 4 - General (Contemporary Music)

Entrance: Lead Me, Lord

Presentation: Fly Like a Bird

Communion: The Lord is My Shepherd

Sending Forth: Go in Peace

 

Option 5 - After an Illness

Entrance: Pastures of the Lord

Presentation: God, Grant This Suffering Soul Release

Communion: Be Not Afraid

Sending Forth: Quietly, Peacefully

 

Option 6 - After an Illness

Entrance: Come Home (Softly and Tenderly)

Presentation: All Will Be Well

Communion: You Are Mine

Sending Forth: Take Me Home

 

Option 7 - Comfort

Entrance: Give Me Jesus

Presentation: You Are Mine

Communion: The Lord is My Shepherd

Sending Forth: And Jesus Said

 

Option 8 - Comfort

Entrance: Be Still and Know that I am God

Presentation: All Will Be Well

Communion: You Are Near

Sending Forth: Come Home (Softly and Tenderly)

 

Option 9 - Eternal Life

Entrance: And Jesus Said

Presentation: The Day Love Brings Us Home

Communion: There Are Many Rooms

Sending Forth: May the Angels Be Your Guide

 

Option 10 - Eternal Life

Entrance: I Am the Bread of Life

Presentation: Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

Communion: Sing Me Home to You

Sending Forth: Go in Peace

 

Option 11 - Peace

Entrance: There Are Many Rooms

Presentation: Prayer of St. Francis

Communion: Blest Are They

Sending Forth: Go in Peace

 

Option 12 - Funeral for a Child

Entrance: Lead Me, Lord

Presentation: Fly Like a Bird

Communion: Be Glad and Rejoice

Sending Forth: Go Forth