FUNERAL LITURGY PREPARATION
Funeral Liturgy Preparation
"At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of Baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table,the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end, nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting Word of God and the Sacrament of the Eucharist." (Order of Christian Funerals, no. 4) United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
As Roman Catholics,the Mass is the highest and most perfect prayer that we as humans can offer to God. Celebration of the Funeral Mass commemorates Jesus’ Life, Death and Resurrection and our belief in the Resurrection and eternal life.As members of the Mystical Body of Christ and the Communion of Saints we believe that death is a transition, not an end.We believe that Jesus rose from the dead.We believe that by dying, He destroyed our death and that by rising, He restored our life.We are participants in the Resurrection, not spectators. This participation began with our Baptism and will continue through the transition of death.As members of the Catholic Faith, we believe in the Resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come, which we recited in The Nicene Creed at Mass each and every Sunday.
Our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones. May the passage of time and the hand of the Lord soothe your grief, and may you find comfort in the hope of the Resurrection. The parish family of St. Margaret of Cortona extends its deepest sympathy.
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Please click here to download and fill up the Funeral Liturgy Planning Form.
Please also take a moment to read through the Scripture Options and Music Guidelines below as these are necessary to fill out the form.
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2 Maccabees 12:43-46 "...he made atonement for the dead..."
Job 19: 1, 23-27 "...I know that my vindicator lives...."
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 "...A time to be born, a time to die..."
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 "...A time to be born, a time to die..."
Wisdom 3:1-9 "...The souls of the just are in the hand of God..."
Wisdom 3:1-6,9 "...The souls of the just are in the hand of God..."
Wisdom 4:7-14 "The Righteous One, though he die early, shall be at rest..."
Sirach 2:1-11 "...in fire gold is tested....Compassionate is the Lord..."
Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9 "...he will destroy death forever..."
Isaiah 26:7-19 "...your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise..."
Isaiah 35:1-10 "...Here is your God, he comes with vindication..."
Isaiah 40:1-11 "...Here is your God, Here comes with power..."
Lamentations 3:17-26 "...My portion is the Lord, says my soul..."
Ezekiel 37:12-14 "O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise..."
Daniel 12:1-3 "...the wise shall shine brightly..."
Micah 7:7-9 "...though I sit in darkness, the Lord is my light..."
Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43 "Everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins"
Acts of the Apostles 10:34-36,42-43 "Everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins"
Romans 5:1,5-11 "...We were reconciled to God through the death of his Son..."
Romans 5:17-21 "...through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all..."
Romans 6:3-9 "...if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall live with him..."
Romans 6:3-4,8-9 "...if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall live with him..."
Romans 8:1-11 "There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ..."
Romans 8:14-23 "Those who are led by the Spirit of God are Children of God"
Romans 8:31-35,37-39 "If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Romans 14:7-9,10-12 "This is why Christ died and came to life"
1 Corinthians 2:6-10 "Eye has not seen, and ear has not heard..."
1 Corinthians 15:12-20 "If there is no resurrection of the dead..."
1 Corinthians 15:20-28 "In Adam all die, so too if Christ shall all be brought to life."
1 Corinthians 15:51-57 "Death where is your victory?"
2 Corinthians 4:14-5:1 "The one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us..."
2 Corinthians 5:1,6-10 "We would rather leave the body and go home..."
Philippians 3:7-14 "...I run toward the prize to which God calls me..."
Philippians 3:20-21 "He will change our lowly body..."
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 "If we believe that Jesus died and rose..."
2 Timothy 2:8-13 "Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead..."
2 Timothy 4:1-2,6-8 "I have competed well, I have finished the race..."
1 John 3:1-2 "Beloved, we are God's children now..."
1 John 3:14-16 "We know that we have passed from death to life..."
Revelation 14:13 "...Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord..."
Revelation 20:11-12:1 "...The sea gave up its dead; then Death and Hades..."
Revelation 21:1-5a,6b-7 "...I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem..."
Here are other alternate suggestions for appropriate readings:
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Song of Songs 8:6-7
Isaiah 35:1-6, 10
Isaiah 41:8-10, 13
Scripture Options - Suggested Funeral Readings
The following are lists of Scriptures appropriate for use at Catholic Funeral Liturgies. Click on a reading to download a pdf version.
One reading is chosen from each of the Old Testament and the New Testament
Other Scripture passages can be presented to the presider for approval
Non-Scripture readings cannot be read in place of these readings, but could be used in the worship aides or through some other means
Romans 8:3lb-35, 37-39
Romans 14:7-9, l0b-12
I Corinthians 15:20-23, 24b-28
I Corinthians 15:51-57
2 Corinthians 4:14 -5:1
2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10
New Testament (cont'd)
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
2 Timothy 2:8-13
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17- 18
1 Peter 1:3-9
1 John 3:1-2
1 John 3:14-16
Revelation 20:11 - 21:1
Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7
Funeral Music Guidelines
Music is integral to the funeral rites. It allows the community to express convictions and feelings that words alone may fail to convey. It has power to console and uplift the mourners and to strengthen the unity of the assembly in faith and love. The texts of 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. Click here to read on our music guidelines
Hymns for the Rite of Christian Burial
Abide with Me
All Creatures Of Our God And King
At The Lamb’s High Feast
Be Not Afraid
Because The Lord Is My Shepherd
Behold The Lamb
Blest Are They
Blest Be The Everlasting God
Canticle of Mary
Celtic Song of Farewell
Celtic Alleluia (Sending Forth)
Center Of My Life
Christ The Victorious
Come To Me (Joncas)
Come To Me (Western Priory)
Crown Him With Many Crowns
Day Is Done
Death Will Be No More
Eat This Bread
Eye Has Not Seen
For All The Saints
Gift Of Finest Wheat
Give Me Jesus
Give Them Rest
Glory and Praise to Our God
God Of Day And God Of Darkness
God Of The Living
How Blest Are They
How Great Thou Art
How Lovely Is Your Dwelling
I Have Seen The Lord
I Heard The Voice Of Jesus
I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Soper)
I, the Lord
I Will Not Die
I Will Praise You, Lord
If God Is for Us
In The Breaking Of The Bread
Jerusalem, My Happy Home
Jesu, Joy Of Our Desiring
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
Jesus, Lord, Have Mercy
Jesus, Remember Me
Jesus, the Bread of Life
Keep In Mind
Let All Be One In Mind And Heart
Like A Child Rests
Lord of All Hopefulness
Lord Of The Living
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Mary’s Song Of Praise
May Saints And Angels
May The Angels
May The Angels Be Your Guide
May You Walk with Christ
My Shepherd Is The Lord
My Shepherd, Lord
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
My Soul Rejoices
O God, Our Help In Ages Past
O God, You Search Me
O Lord, I Will Sing
O Lord Of Life
On Eagle’s Wings
On Our Journey To The Kingdom
Only In God
Only This I Want
Out Of Darkness
Out Of The Depths (Soper)
Praise His Name (Alleluia- Joncas)
Praise To You, O Christ, Our Savior (Farrell)
Psalm 25: I Lift Up My Soul
Psalm 25: To You, O Lord (Soper)
Psalm 27: The Lord Is My Light
Psalm 42/43: As The Deer Longs
Psalm 42: O God, for You I Long
Psalm 91: Be with Me,Lord (Joncas)
Psalm 103: Bless the Lord (Walker)
Psalm 103: Loving and Forgiving (Soper)
Psalm121: Our Help Is From The Lord
Psalm 130: With The Lord
Remember Your Love
Shelter Me, O God
Shepherd Me, O God
Shepherd Of Souls
Sing A New Song
Sing With All The Saints In Glory
Softly And Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
Song Of Farewell (Old Hundredth)
Song Of Farewell (Sands)
Song Of The Angels
Taste And See (Moore)
The Cry Of The poor
The King Of Love My Shepherd Is
The Lord Is My Hope
The Lord Is Near / May the Angels
The Strife Is O’er
This Day In New Jerusalem
Though The Mountains May Fall
To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
Unless A Grain Of Wheat
We Walk By Faith
We Will Rise Again
What Wondrous Love Is This
Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
You Are Mine
You Are Near