Funeral Liturgy

The Mass is the highest point of the Funeral Rites and is a final tribute to your loved one. Therefore, great care should be taken in planning the Funeral Mass; You will want these selections to speak of your loved one and also bring family comfort and consolation.

Music Suggestions and Scripture Readings appropriate for the Funeral Liturgy are shown below. They are beautiful passages of comfort, peace, and hope. May God’s strength be with you.

Our Director of Music has prepared a list of appropriate songs to use for the Funeral Liturgy.  We will try to accommodate for favorite hymns you already have in mind, however, please note the use of pre-recorded or secular (non-liturgical) music is not permitted in the Mass. If your loved one had a secular song that he/she liked, it is most appropriate to have played at the Visitation.

Regarding music composed by David Haas: At this time, we will not perform music composed by David Haas. The publishers we use have communicated their position on the use of his music, and while we recognize the art is separate from the individual, Ascension currently supports GIA’s position. Additional questions may be sent to our Director of Music.

Please select one song for the entrance processional. To listen to the majority of the listed music, please refer to this YouTube playlist.

Amazing Grace
All Creatures of Our God and King
Be Not Afraid
City of God
For All the Saints
Here I Am, Lord
Holy God We Praise Thy Name
Hosea
I Am the Bread of Life
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Morning Has Broken
On Eagle’s Wings
To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King

Please select a reading from the Old Testament From the Lectionary for Mass, no. 1011

2 Maccabees 12:43-46
He acted in an excellent and noble way as he had the resurrection of the dead in view.

Job 19:1, 23-27a
I know that my Vindicator lives.

Wisdom 3:1-9 (short form, 3:1-6, 9)
As sacrificial offerings He took them to Himself.

Wisdom 4:7-15
An unsullied life, the attainment of old age.

Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9
He will destroy death forever.

Lamentations 3:17-26
It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the Lord.

Daniel 12:1-3
Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.

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During Easter Time, the First Reading is selected from among the following New Testament Readings. From the Lectionary for Mass, no. 1012

Acts 10:34-43 (short form, 10:34-36, 42-43)
He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.

Revelation 14:13
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

Revelation 20:11—21:1
The dead were judged according to their deeds.

Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7
There shall be no more death.

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Please select one psalm. To listen to the majority of the listed music, please refer to this YouTube playlist.

Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want

Psalm 25: To you, O Lord, I lift my soul, to you I lift my soul.

Psalm 27: The Lord is my light and my salvation

Psalm 42: My soul is thirsting for the living God: when shall I see him face to face?

Psalm 63: My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God

Psalm 103: The Lord is kind and merciful.

Psalm 116: I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

Psalm 122: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Psalm 130: Out of the depths, I cry to you, Lord.

Psalm 143: O Lord, hear my prayer

Responsorial-Psalms

Please select a reading from the New Testament From the Lectionary for Mass, no. 1014

Romans 5:5-11
Since we are now justified by His Blood, we will be saved through Him from the wrath.

Romans 5:17-21
Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more.

Romans 6:3-9 (short form, 6:3-4, 8-9)
We too might live in newness of life.

Romans 8:14-23
We also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39
What will separate us from the love of Christ?

Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12
Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 (short form, 15:20-23)
So too in Christ shall all be brought to life.

1 Corinthians 15:51-57
Death is swallowed up in victory.

2 Corinthians 4:14—5:1
What is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10
We have a building from God, eternal in heaven.

Philippians 3:20-21
He will change our lowly bodies to conform to His glory.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.

2 Timothy 2:8-13
If we have died with Him we shall also live with Him.

1 John 3:1-2
We shall see Him as He is.

1 John 3:14-16
We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers.

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Please select a reading from the Gospels From the Lectionary for Mass, no. 1016

Matthew 5:1-12a
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.

Matthew 11:25-30
Come to me and I will give you rest.

Matthew 25:1-13
Behold the bridegroom! Come out to him!

Matthew 25:31-46
Come, you who are blessed by my Father.

Mark 15:33-39; 16:1-6 (short form, 15:33-39)
Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed His last.

Luke 7:11-17
Young man, I tell you, arise!

Luke 12:35-40
You also must be prepared.

Luke 23:33, 39-43
Today you will be with me in Paradise.

Luke 23:44-46, 50, 52-53; 24:1-6a (short form, 23:44-46, 50, 52-53)
Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Luke 24:13-35 (short form, 24:13-16, 28-35)
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?

John 5:24-29
Whoever hears my word and believes has passed from death to life.

John 6:37-40
Everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life and I shall raise him on the last day.

John 6:51-58
Whoever eats this bread will live forever, and I will raise them up on the last day.

John 11:17-27 (short form, 11:21-27)
I am the resurrection and the life.

John 11:32-45
Lazarus, come out!

John 12:23-28 (short form, 12:23-26)
If it dies, it produces much fruit.

John 14:1-6
In my Father’s house there are many dwellings.

John 17:24-26
I wish that where I am they also may be with me.

John 19:17-18, 25-39
And bowing His head He handed over His Spirit.

Gospels

Please select one song for Preparation of the Gifts. To listen to the majority of the listed music, please refer to this YouTube playlist.

Center of My Life
Christ Be Our Light
Come to Me
Eye Has Not Seen
Go Forth (Thomson)
Go In Peace
The Hand of God Will Hold You
Here I Am, Lord
Hosea
I Have Loved You
I Know That My Redeemer Lives (SS131)
Instrumental
The Lord Will Heal the Broken Heart
Only You, O God
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Shepherd Me, O God
These Alone Are Enough
We Are Many Parts
We Remember
We Walk By Faith
With the Lord

The Mass Setting for acclamations will likely be the Mass of Renewal by default. You’re welcome to request an alternate if desired!

Mass of Renewal (Default)

Glendalough Mass

Mass of Majesty

Mass of Saint Ann

Mass of Christ the Savior

Chants

Please select one song for Communion. To listen to the majority of the listed music, please refer to this YouTube playlist.

Be Not Afraid
Eye Has Not Seen
Gift of Finest Wheat
The Hand of God Will Hold You
Here I Am, Lord
I Am the Bread of Life
I Have Loved You
Make Me A Channel of Your Peace
On Eagle’s Wings
One Bread, One Body
Shepherd Me, O God
Take and Eat
Taste and See
The Cry of the Poor
We Are Many Parts
We Remember
We Walk by Faith
You Are Near

Please select one song for the Song of Farewell. To listen to the majority of the listed music, please refer to this YouTube playlist.

Quietly Peacefully (Dvorak)
Saints of God

Please select one song for the recessional. To listen to the majority of the listed music, please refer to this YouTube playlist.

All Creatures of Our God and King
Alleluia Sing to Jesus
Amazing Grace
Canticle of the Sun
City of God
Crown Him with Many Crowns
For All the Saints
Go Forth (Thomson)
Go in Peace
God of Day and God of Darkness
How Great Thou Art
I Am the Bread of Life
Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Let There Be Peace on Earth
Now Thank We All Our God
O God Our Help in Ages Past
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Sing to the Mountains
We Walk by Faith
We Shall Rise Again
You Are Near