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.

Below 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. NOTE: Requests for songs not listed here are subject to music director’s approval and music availability, therefore, these special requests should be made known as soon as possible. Use the button to access the Funeral Music form. Please use this form to select your music. The information about time, date and scripture readings can be added when you discuss arrangements with the Cathedral Staff. If you prefer not to complete the form, you can provide the music selections that you have chosen to the Cathedral Staff when you are discussing the funeral arrangements.

Gathering Songs

Responsorial Psalms

Offeratory/Preparation of the Gifts