Family members are welcomed and encouraged to select texts from Sacred Scripture for the funeral Mass. Normally, four Scripture Readings are chosen: one from the Old Testament, one from the Psalms (sung following the Old Testament Reading), one from the New Testament Letters and one from the Gospels. Suggested Scripture passages are listed in the Funeral planning packet (top of this page). Non-Scripture readings cannot be read in place of these readings but could be used in the worship aides or through some other means.
Click on the following link to review the various Scripture Readings for a Funeral Mass.
Music for the Funeral
Music is an important part in the liturgy of the Church, and at funerals it allows the community to express convictions and feelings that words alone may not convey. Music has the power to console and uplift those who mourn and to strengthen the unity of the assembly in faith and love. Due to the sacred nature of the liturgy, not all music may be appropriate for use at the funeral Mass and the Pastor or parish representative will provide helpful guidance.