Rather than melodies that emphasize the sadness of the death experience, we encourage the selection of music that is more uplifting and consoling, expressing our faith in the Lord’s triumph over death and His sharing of that victory with your loved one. Our comfort ministers will be pleased to guide you in choosing appropriate music for the celebration of the funeral liturgy. The funeral director will make arrangements for an instrumentalist and cantor/leader of song. Since they are familiar with our parish procedures, we prefer to employ our own parish music ministers. Only those who are trained Catholic liturgical ministers are permitted to provide music for funerals at the Church of the Assumption.
Some appropriate selections are as follows:
Marian hymns/songs (e.g. Ave Maria, Hail Mary/Gentle Woman) may be sung as Processionals, Recessionals and during the Preparation of Gifts. They may not be used during or after Communion.
There is also a wealth of Gospel/Spiritual music from which you may choose, depending on the music ministers’ repertoire. We regret, however, that popular music (Wind Beneath My Wings, O Danny Boy, etc.) may not be employed for a funeral liturgy, but may be appropriate during the viewing or at the graveside.