Organising a Catholic funeral can be daunting for some, but when the funeral is during Lent there may be a few surprises regarding the music.
The choice can seem somewhat limited or at some churches non-existent. The ‘rules’ regarding music do vary from church to church, as each Parish Priest has the last say on what happens in ‘his’ church.
The funeral is in Lent, but I want music during the Mass
It’s true that some priests decide that there should be no music at all in the church during the lead up to Easter, known as Lent. If that is the case, then his word is final, but never fear we do have a solution in that eventuality. (See further down this blog)
The Catholic Faith office has this guidance about music during Lent:
So, if the Parish Priest is happy for music during Lent then here are a few suggestions. Just remember, Lent is a more period of penance and sacrifice before Easter, so the usual rule is that music should not be overly joyous and not mention the ‘Risen Lord’ as that comes on Easter Sunday.
Top 20 Catholic funeral songs for Lent
No music in church, what can I do?
We have a solution to this problem. To have a singer at the graveside. We’ve sung at many gravesides over the last few years, and families have said how the singing lifted their spirits at a trying time.
Of course singing by the grave gives families the option of non-religious songs that can’t be sung in the Catholic church, such as: ‘Unforgettable’, ‘The Fields of Athenry’, ‘You raise me up’ etc.
We have a discreet portable backing track system which means we have professional accompaniment and can sing at the graveside without any difficulty (even under an umbrella if necessary).
Having you sing at the graveside as well was brilliant, it really added to a personal send-off. My uncle would have been chuffed to have you singing for him.
PW - uncle’s funeral Durrington Cemetery
Toni, thank you it was a wonderful send of for mum. Your voice resounding throughout the cemetery. A wonderful gift. Thanks once again.
KB - mother’s burial Hither Green Cemetery
Church and graveside no problem
We have also sung at both church, then popped in the car to drive on to the cemetery to sing a popular song or family favourite by the graveside, covering both bases, so to speak.
We're always happy to discuss how we can help celebrate a loved one's life and make the funeral service a personal event. Give us a call to see how we could help.
You made mum’s farewell an occasion which gave everyone at St James’, and Wessex Vale, something very beautiful and positive to reflect upon; a wonderful memory for each of us, which my mother would have really appreciated and enjoyed.
DS - mother’s funeral St James, West End & Wessex Vale Crematorium
Can't see the menu?
Sorry it's a
All our articles are written either by Toni or Kirsty. If you'd like to write a guest blog, just let us know!