Music can evoke strong feelings. The music for the celebration of the funeral rites should be chosen with great care. Music at funerals should not only support, console, and uplift the participants it should help to create in them a spirit of hope in Christ's victory over death and in the Christian's share in that victory.
Secular music (including Broadway tunes) are best used at the wake and are not to be used at the funeral Mass.
In alignment with The General Instruction on the Roman Missal the following should be sung by the congregation: Gathering, Presentation of Gifts, Communion and Going Forth.
In addition, the Responsorial Psalm, Alleluia, and Mass parts (Holy, Holy, Holy, Memorial Acclamation, Amen and Lamb of God) should also be sung. While there is room for soloist, it should be limited to communion and meditation after communion.
Please download the suggested list of Music for the Catholic Funeral.