Suggested Hymns for a Burial Liturgy

Suggested Hymns from The Hymnal 1982 for The Burial of the Dead

The following hymns are suggested based on a combination of familiarity, easily accessible tune for worshippers to sing without choir support and a review of burial services in the parish over the last several years. By no means, is a family limited to these; these merely are suggestions. Final selections would be made in consultation with a member of the clergy.

Before the Gospel
Hymn 488 “Be thou my vision”
Hymn 680 “O God, our help in ages past”
Hymn 645 “The King of love my shepherd is”
Hymn 662 “Abide with me”
Hymn 482 “Lord of all hopefulness”
Hymn 356 “May choirs of angels lead you to Paradise”

At the Offertory before Communion (or at other designated times)
Hymn 657 “Love divine, all loves excelling”
Hymn 293 “I sing a song of the saints of God”
Hymn 207 “Jesus Christ is risen today”
Hymn 671 “Amazing Grace”
Hymn 336 “Come with us, O blessed Jesus”
Hymn 304 “I come with joy to meet my Lord”

At the Retiring Procession
Hymn 525 “The Church’s one foundation”
Hymn 555 “Lead on, O King eternal”
Hymn 376 “Joyful, joyful, we adore thee”
Hymn 473 “Lift high the cross”
Hymn 208 “Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! The strife is o’er, the battle done”
Hymn 358 “Christ the Victorious, give to your servants rest”