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Responsorial Psalms for Funeral Mass

Psalm 15

Response : You are my inheritance, O Lord.

1. Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.

I say to the Lord: ‘You are my God.’ .

O Lord, it it you who are my portion and cup;

it is you yourself who are my prize.


2. I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel,

who even at night directs my heart;

l keep the Lord ever in my sight:

since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.


3. You will show me the path of life,

the fullness of joy in your presence,

at your right hand happiness for ever.


Psalm 33

Response: The Lord is king, most high above all the earth.

1. The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,

let all the coastlands be glad.

Cloud and darkness are his raiment;

his throne, justice and right.


2. The mountains melt like wax

before the Lord of all the earth.

The skies proclaim his justice;

all peoples see his glory.


3. For you indeed are the Lord

most high above all the earth

exalted far above all spirits.



Psalm 84

Response: Let us see, O Lord, your mercy and give us your saving help.

1. I will hear what the Lord God has to say,

a voice that speaks of peace.

His help is near for those who fear him

and his glory will dwell in our land.


2. Mercy and faithfulness have met;

justice and peace have embraced.

Faithfulness shall spring from the earth

and justice look down from heaven.


3. The Lord will make us prosper

and our earth shall yield its fruit.

Justice shall march before him

and peace shall follow his steps.


4. Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you.

O God, be gracious and bless us

and let your face shed its light upon us.


Psalm 12

Response: Great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

1. Truly, God is my salvation,

I trust, I shall not fear.

For the Lord is my strength, my song,

he became my saviour.

With joy you will draw water

from the wells of salvation.


2. Give thanks to the Lord,

give praise to his name!

Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples!

Declare the greatness of his name.


3. Sing a psalm to the Lord!

For he has done glorious deeds.

make them known to all the earth!

People of Zion, sing and shout for joy

for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.



Psalm 32

Response : Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his Own.

1. They are happy, whose God is the Lord,

the people he has chosen as his own.

From the heavens the Lord looks forth,

he sees all the children of men.


2. The Lord looks on those who revere him,

on those who hope in his love,

to rescue their souls from death,

to keep them alive in famine.


3. Our soul is waiting for the Lord.

The Lord is our help and our shield.

May your love be upon us, 0 Lord,

as we place all our hope in you.



Psalm 121

Response: I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

1. I rejoiced when I heard them say:

‘Let us go to God’s house.’

And now our feet are standing

within your gates, a Jerusalem.


2. Jerusalem is built as a city

strongly compact.

It is there that the tribes go up,

the tribes of the Lord.


3. For Israel’s law it is,

there to praise the Lord’s name.

There were set the thrones of judgement

of the house of David.



Psalm 138

Response: Lord, you have made me and you know me.

O Lord, you search me and you know me;

You know my resting and my rising;

You discern my thoughts from afar.

You mark when I walk or lie down;

All my ways lie open to you.


O where can I go from your Spirit;

Or where can I fly from your face?

If I climb to the heavens you are there,

If I lie in the grave you are there.


If I take the wings of the morning

And dwell at the sea’s furthest end,

Even there your hand would lead me,

Your right hand hold me fast.


For it was you who created my being,

Knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I thank you for the wonder of my being,

For the wonders of all your creations.


O search me, God, and know my heart.

O test me and know my thoughts.

See that I follow not the wrong path

And lead me in the path of life eternal.


Look towards him and be radiant.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

The Lord is close to the broken hearted;

Those whose spirit is crushed he will save;

Those who hide in him

Shall not be condemned.


Response: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

The Lord is my shepherd;
there is nothing I shall want.  
Fresh and green are the pastures
where he gives me repose.  
Near restful waters he leads me,
to revive my drooping spirit.


He guides me along the right path;
he is true to his name.  
If I should walk in the valley of darkness
no evil would I fear.  
You are there with your crook and staff;  
with these you give me comfort.


You have prepared a banquet for me
in the sight of my foes.  
My head you have anointed with oil;  
my cup is overflowing.


Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me
all the days of my life.  
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell
for ever and ever. 


Response: For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord, my God.

O God, you are my God, for you I long;  
for you my soul is thirsting.  
My body pines for you like a dry,
weary land without water. 


So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.  
For your love is better than life,
my lips will speak your praise. 


So I will bless you all my life,
in your name I will lift up my hands.  
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
my mouth shall praise you with joy.  


You have been my help;  
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.  
My soul clings to you;  
your right hand holds me fast. 


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