Music for Funeral Mass
  • Hi all,

    Today, I had the privilege of directing the music for my grandfather's funeral Mass.

    I wish to share with you the program of music that was sung, so as to hopefully provide inspiration and guidance to others who find themselves in a similar position. I sought advice from the pages of this forum as I was preparing for this Mass, so I feel it's only appropriate to give back.

    This was an OF Mass in a suburban parish church outside Toronto, Canada. We had a choir of 3 male voices, myself included. Hymns were accompanied with the keyboard/organ; Everything else was sung a cappella.

    Prelude: Requiem aeternam (For 3 voices, P. Giovanni Battista Martini)
    Introit: Requiem aeternam (Chant, Graduale Romanum)
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd (CBW II #146)
    Alleluia (from O filii et filiae)
    Offertory Hymn: Out of the Depths (John E. Ronan, CBW II #488)
    Offertory Motet: Hostias et preces (For 3 voices, P. Luigi Sabbatini)
    Sanctus: ICEL Chant (Roman Missal)
    Agnus Dei: ICEL Chant (Roman Missal)
    Communion Chant: Lux aeterna (Chant, Graduale Romanum)
    Communion Hymn: Be Still, My Soul (FINLANDIA)
    Post-Communion Hymn: I Am the Bread of Life (S. Toolan)
    Song of Farewell: Subvenite translation by Dennis C. Smolarski, set to OLD HUNDREDTH
    Procession: In paradisum (Chant)

    Andrew Motyka's article Setting an Example Through Funerals was extremely helpful to me in preparing this program of music.

    It was a beautiful Mass. Given the resources I had, I wouldn't have changed anything. I pray it was a fitting tribute to my grandfather. May he have eternal rest.