If you are planning a full RC funeral Mass, this usually lasts around 80 – 90 minutes, depending on how many present take communion, etc. Catholic funeral services can be shorter and not include a full mass, especially if the family are them to move on to a cremation or burial at a set time. Check with your priest how long the service might be, so you can plan in time for your favourite music, readings, and eulogies.
Top Catholic hymns
The Catholic church has some truly wonderful hymns to choose from – the Laudate hymnbook lists over 900! Our professional soloists can sing the hymn as a solo (under current COVID guidelines, you cannot have a choir) and lead everyone in the hymn singing once this is allowed again. Check our blog for the latest information on professional singing in church wearing a face mask.
Favourite Catholic hymns include, Soul of my saviour, Here I am Lord, Make me a channel of your peace, and I watch the sunrise. You can discover more top hymns with accompanying sound files in our Catholic hymns for funerals article.
What music can I have at a Catholic funeral?
As the Diocese of Portsmouth funeral guidance says:
“The use of music in the various stages of the funeral is important, and carefully selected hymns and music will enhance the service, bring back memories of a loved one and provide consolation for the bereaved.”
However, that doesn’t mean you can have any music or songs you like. Your priest will need to approve your family’s choice of music, and check that it is in line with the Church’s faith. In general, that usually means only religious music before the mass, and ‘suitable’ non-religious music afterwards, but every priest has their own views. If you are moving on to a crematorium or graveside burial, you can have a much wider choice of music. We are happy to sing at both service and cremation or internment if you wish.
Not sure what music you can have for your loved one’s RC funeral?
Call us to discuss what we can sing for you and your family at any Catholic funeral in Hampshire, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, and Greater London.
Do I need an organist?
In a word, NO. We always love to sing with an organist, but in these COVID-compliant days, the congregation is not allowed to sing. Also, the number of people attending a funeral is restricted. We bring our own discreet backing tracks system to accompany us as solo singers, so an organist is not required. When we move into the ‘new normal’ we hope to welcome back singing with organists and congregations as live music returns to indoor venues such as churches, but at the time of writing, the timeframe for this is still up in the air.
See our articles on Catholic funerals for more details on timings and opportunities for music.
During Lent, some churches may choose not to have any music in the services at all, including funerals. Some priests allow it, but in general it will need to be a little more subdued than at other times of year. We have years of experience in helping you choose music that most priests would consider suitable – see our blog on “Catholic funerals during Lent” for more details.
Toni was raised as a Catholic and attended Catholic school, so she has a deep personal understanding and commitment to all parts of the service. Many families appreciate this understand as they themselves many be non-Catholics organising a funeral for a Catholic relative. If you’re struggling with organising the music for a Catholic funeral, call us – we are happy to help.
Do you sing the responses?
Not usually, because every church (and we mean, EVERY church) sings different responses. So we leave leading the responses to Father and the organist!