Not specifically for funerals: this is an anthem, with a general text which is sometimes sung at funerals, presumably because the choir knows it already!


3 minutes

Forces required
More usually performed by Organ and Choir, can also be sung as a solo song: Organ and Soprano, or played by the organ alone

Ave Verum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Organ Arrangement by Anthea Smith - in the book The Essential Book Of Wedding Music, published by Kevin Mayhew, 1995.
Ave verum corpus, natum ex Maria Virgine,
Vere passum, immolatum in cruce pro homine.
Cujus latus vero fluxit sanguine:
Esto nobis praegustatum, mortis in examine.

Hail, true body, born of the Virgin Mary. who truly
suffered and was sacrificed on the cross for mankind.
From whose pierced side flowed water and blood.
O mayʼst thou, dear Lord, be given at deathʼs hour to be my food:

Words from a sequence hymn for Corpus Christi by Pope Innocent VI (d. 1342)