Our top 5 popular hymns are:
Do not be afraid
Written by Gerald Markland, based on four verses from the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 43.
This has 5 short verses and refrain, with an interesting melody but not a big vocal range. Very easy to follow even if you don't know it. The sentiment is very apt for a funeral: 'Don't be afraid, as God will always be with you'
I, the Lord of sea and sky (Here I am Lord)
Written by Dan Schutte, based on Isaiah 6:8 and 1 Samuel 3.
This hymn has 3 verses and refrain. The international Catholic magazine listed the hymn as a readers' favourite, and it's certainly a popular choice for our clients. It has a joyous feel and would be suitable as an entrance or exit funeral hymn.
Make me a channel of your peace
Written by Sebastian Temple, based on the Prayer of St Francis.
This popular hymn is also used as the anthem for Royal British Legion. It has 3 verses and a chorus. There are two different versions:
- Where the chorus "O master grant…" is sung after each of the first 2 verses
- When sung only once, after the second verse (this is how the music was originally composed). The chorus is so nice to sing that repeating it with both verses is a pleasure!
Now thank we all our God
This is a traditional hymn and is a translation from a German melody "Nun danket alle Gott", written in 1647.
I remember singing this at school often. It has 3 verses with uplifting words of thanksgiving to God.
On eagle's wings
Written by Michael Joncas, based on Psalm 90 and 91.
This modern hymn has 4 verses and a refrain. Just to make it more interesting, each verse is slightly difference musically. Verse 1 straight forward, verse 2 slightly syncopated, verse 3 starts with triplets and verse 4 has triplets and syncopation. Don't let this put you off; it's a wonderful hymn that people enjoy singing.
It also makes a great solo song at the period of reflection in the funeral service. The words bring hope and comfort: "He (God) will raise you up, on eagle's wings……and hold you in the palm of His hand"
Of all 5 hymns this is a particular favourite of mine. Should you want it sung at a funeral, give us a call. Here's a short clip.