So if you like lots of different things there's no problem in mixing and matching.
For example if you love Psalm 23 'The Lord is my shepherd' it could be spoken or sung. There are various hymn versions including The Crimond and the Howard Goodall version, yes the Vicar of Dibley theme, this makes a beautiful solo.
Sing or Say
A popular spoken choice is the 'Irish blessing' which has sung versions. I have learnt a lovely one by Lori True, which I have sung during the blessing of the coffin, very appropriate for Irish funerals.
Here's how this weeks service combined sung and spoken for the best of both worlds.
The order of service for today's Catholic funeral:
Entrance Solo: Ave Maria by Schubert
Blessing of the coffin
Opening hymn: Make me a channel of your peace
Reading: Book of Wisdom 3:1-6,9
Psalm 23: spoken
An Irish blessing: spoken
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 (The Beatitudes)
Offertory solo: Pie Jesu by Lloyd-Webber
Communion hymn: This is my body
Recessional hymn: All things bright and beautiful
And why swim it?
So if you're not careful where you walk when coming down the aisle you could go for a dip…
When the pallbearers came in with the coffin, I did wonder whether they'd stay dry, but no towels were required!