Music is integral to the funeral rites. It allows the community to express convictions and feelings that words only may fail to convey. Music has the power to console and uplift the mourners and to strengthen the unity of the assembly in Faith and Love. The texts of the songs chosen for a particular celebration should express the paschal mystery of the Lord’s suffering, death, and triumph over death and should be related to the readings from Scripture.

Order of Christian Funerals, 30.

Listed here are music suggestions and recommendations for proper placement in the Liturgy. It is not necessary to choose four hymns. If you have a preference for only two songs, for example, the musician will fill in appropriate music as needed. To hear a sample of the music before you choose, click on the song title. Please note that recordings may not reflect the tempo or performance style of the Cathedral. These music samples serve only to give you the essence of the songs, the text, and the tune. Requests for songs not listed here are subject to approval by the music director and on music availability, therefore, these special requests should be made known as soon as possible.

Psalm texts are shown below.


Psalm 16: The Path of Life
You will show me the path of life,
The delights that await me in your presence.
Without you there is nothing, no joy can be complete
Until at last I sit by your side.

Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd/ El Señor Es Mi Pastor
El Senor es mi pastor, nada me falta.
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd; nothing shall I want;
In verdant pastures he gives me repose.

Psalm 25: To You, O Lord, I Lift My Soul
To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

Psalm 27: The Goodness of the Lord
I believe I shall see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Psalm 27: The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation
The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Psalm 116: I Will Walk Before the Lord
I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.