A funeral is a time of sadness and mourning. But for
Christians it is also a time to rejoice, for Jesus Christ
has won a great victory over death and made it possible
for us to pass through to new and eternal life. This
is our unwavering hope.
In a Catholic funeral we pray that
our deceased brother or sister be admitted into paradise.
We also derive strength from family and friends and
lend our support to others in what can be a very difficult
We hope that you find this information
of some help when arranging the funeral of your loved
One of the first decisions to make is if you would like
music at the funeral. It is the responsibility of the
family to contact an organist and singer /choir. Try
to do this as soon as possible.
The organist will help you choose your preferred hymns.
There are normally 5 hymns chosen for the Mass –
Entrance, Offertory, Communion, Communion Reflection
and Recessional. The Responsorial Psalm may also be
It is important to remember that the
funeral Mass is a sacred ceremony and therefore non-liturgical
‘songs’ are not appropriate. Organ music
can provide a quiet and prayerful atmosphere at the
beginning of the service, when mourners are likely to
be upset and in need of a calming atmosphere.
We encourage family members and friends to take part
in the Liturgy of the Word by reading the First Reading,
the Responsorial Psalm (if not sung), the Second Reading,
Gospel Acclamation and Prayers of the Faithful. A selection
of readings and Prayers of the Faithful are provided
in this booklet.
The First Reading is always taken from the Old Testament
and the Second Reading from the New Testament. We encourage
those who are reading to make themselves familiar with
the text and have no problems with pronunciation.
We are not able to include other readings, such as poetry,
Prayers of the Faithful
The Prayers of the Faithful are always introduced by
the priest. Four or five prayers, read by family members
or friends, then follow. One or more people may read
these. The priest concludes the Prayers of the Faithful.
Family members or friends bring the gifts for the Offertory
of the Mass to the altar. Normally, four gifts are brought
– the chalice, the altar bread, the water and
the wine, but it may be reduced to two if you so wish.
If you need further assistance, please
do not hesitate to contact us.
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