See this online text:
- Guidelines for Music at Funerals, prepared by the Office of Liturgy of the Archdiocese of New York, November 2014 (Yonkers, NY: Archdiocese of New York Office of Liturgy, 2014). Available in pdf format at the Archdiocese of New York Office of Liturgy.
- Parish Book of Chant: A Manual of Gregorian Chant and a Liturgical Resource for Scholas and Congregations; including Order of Sung Mass for both Prdinary an Extarordinary Forms of the roman Rite; with a complete Kyriale, along with Chants and Hymns for Occasional and Seasonal Use and their literal English translations, expanded second edition, prepared by for the Church Music Association of America (2012). Available in pdf format (here) through this page of Musica Sacra, which also makes additional hymns available for download; and at Scribd. The hardcover printed copy may be purchased at Amazon.
- [The chants for the Missa Pro Defunctis may be found at nos. 155-170 on pp. 151-167 of the work.]
A collection of resources on funerals are indexed and made available on the webpage “Bereavement and Funerals” of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Other texts and resources on the planning of Catholic Christian funerals include:
- Catholic Funeral Planning Guide, developed by the Maine Catholic Cemetery Committee, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Available in pdf format at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
- Good Shepherd Catholic Church and School Funeral Guide, Updated January 2018 (Golden Valley, MN: Good Shepherd Catholic Church). Available in pdf format on this page.
- A Guide to Ensuring You Have the Traditional Mass at Your Funeral, by the Latin Mass Society (London: Latin Mass Society). Available in pdf format (here) at the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales.
- A Planner for Catholic Funerals. 24 pages. Available in PDF format on this page of The Catholic Parishes of Northeast Wyoming.
See also these norms and other materials on liturgical and extra-liturgical observances for the faithful departed:
- “The Celebration of Christian Funerals” by Don Fier (March 24, 2018) at The Wanderer Online Daily.
- Commentary on the Order of Christian Funerals and the Funeral Directives for the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. Available in pdf format on this page.
- “No Eulogies at Funerals” [by Father Dan Vogelpohl?]. May be read online and (preceded by an introductory essay by Geoffrey K. Mondello) in pdf format at Boston Catholic Journal.
- [N.B., We think it probable, based on textual evidence, that this is the 4-part essay by Father Dan Vogelpohl that was the subject of the article “Never a Eulogy” by Rich Leonardi (January 25, 2007) at Catholic Exchange. However, we cannot confirm this, since that essay no longer appears to be present at the Blessed Sacrament Parish website.]
- Nine-Day Novena Prayer for the Dead (Catholic Filipino-Australian Chaplaincy, Archdiocese of Brisbane). Available in PDF format on this page of the Catholic Filipino Australian Chaplaincy of Brisbane.
- Pastoral Letter on the Christian Burial of the Dead, by Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, D.D., J.C.D. (Diocese of La Crosse, 2 November 2000). May be read online (here) at Catholic Culture; and may be read (here) at the Marian Catechist Apostolate. [N.B., Although the last part of the text provides norms specific to the diocese of then-Bishop Burke, much of it made up of doctrinal and canonical explanations that may be of general use.]
- Pastoral Letter “That We May Have Hope”, by the Bishop of Portland, Richard J. Malone (2 November 2011). Contained in Catholic Funeral Planning Guide, developed by the Maine Catholic Cemetery Committee, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. which is available in pdf format at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. [N.B., Although the text provides norms specific to the diocese, it also contains doctrinal and canonical explanations that may be of general use.]
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