Below you will find the approved readings for planning a funeral liturgy.

Please select one reading from each of the categories (First reading, Psalm, Second reading, Gospel).

Each scripture reference is followed by a summary theme of that reading.

Click on the underlined scripture for the entire text.

Bring a copy of your four selections of the entire text to your meeting with the presider.

Readings for the Funeral Liturgy



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St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 

The following hymns are offered as suggestions from the musicians of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for use during a funeral.  Most of them may be found in the current Breaking Bread, (found in the church pews).  We encourage you to select four pieces for the funeral Mass of your loved one.  If, for whatever reason, you decide not to choose any (or only some of the four hymns), Nancy Wright, our accompanist and Millie Pierce, who usually sings at the funeral Masses, will be glad to do that for you.  If there is music you’d like done, not found on this list, please share the names of those pieces.  Nancy and Millie will do their best to accommodate.  It is NOT essential that you select music from the “special seasons” lists, during those seasons.

(The music listed here has been approved by both priests.)

Ordinary Time

“I Know That My Redeemer Lives”                        “Parable”

“Sing With All the Saints in Glory”                            “Precious Lord Take My Hand”

“Lord of the Dance”                                                    “Let There Be Peace On Earth”

“O God, Beyond All Praising”                                   “In the Garden”

“The Strife is O’er”                                                     “Mary, Full of Grace (O Sanctissima)

“Morning Has Broken”                                               “Beautiful Savior”

“Prayer of Saint Francis”                                            “Be Thou My Vision”

“Amazing Grace”                                                        “Salve, Regina”

“Eternal Father, Strong to Save”                                

“O Breathe On Me, O Breath of God”                        Advent

“I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”                     “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming”

“All Creatures of Our God and King”                         “Maranatha”

“You Are Mine”

“In Paradisum”                                                            Christmas and Epiphany

“Panis Angelicus”                                                       “What Child is This”

“Fly Like a Bird”                                                         “The First Nowell”

“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”                                “Silent Night, Holy Night”

“Be Not Afraid”                                                          “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming”

“Here I Am, Lord”                                                      “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”

“Blest Are They”

“For the Beauty of the Earth”                                      Lent

“For All the Saints”                                                     “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

“I Am the Bread of Life”

“On Eagle’s Wings”                                                    Easter

“As the Deer Longs”                                                   “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”

“O God, Our Help in Ages Past”                                “Ye Sons and Daughters”


“O Sacrament Most Holy”

“Ave Maria”

“Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling”

“How Great Thou Art”

“Song of Farewell”

“Just a Closer Walk”

“Old Rugged Cross”

“Near My God to Thee”

“Where My Father Lives”