Liturgy: Ave Maria at Funerals

Annunciation Annunciation Michael Bergt 2009


Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: A woman whom I know, who is Catholic, and very near death, has requested that the “Ave Maria” be sung at her funeral. However, when her daughter, my friend, went to the parish to make arrangements for her mother’s funeral mass, she was told by the funeral director that the “Ave Maria” was “outdated,” and furthermore, was not “liturgically sound” for a funeral. The funeral director flat out refused to honor the dying woman’s selection as part of parish policy. Do you have any thoughts on this? I have heard Schubert’s version of the “Ave Maria” sung at a Catholic funeral before. Was this an unsound liturgical practice that is also not current in Catholic liturgy? — T.W., Las Vegas, Nevada

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