Traditionally, this hymn was sung by the choir as the deceased was taken from the church. However in some cases, it may be used as a spoken prayer at the end of the funeral liturgy, followed by an appropriate locally-chosen hymn.
The setting below is to the first part of the Irish tune used for "Danny Boy".
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Lyrics:May holy angels lead you forth to paradise,
And may the martyrs greet your coming home.
May you find welcome there within God’s dwelling-place,
The radiant city, New Jerusalem.
ABC Notation:Ref: What is ABC
T:May Holy Angels
T:The Londonderry Air / Danny Boy
FGA | "G"B3 A BedB |"C"(AG) E3 G Bc |
w:May ho-ly ang-els lead you forth to pa-ra-dise, and may the
d3 "G"e dBGB | "D"A4 z FGA | "G"B3 A BedB |
w:mar-tyrs greet your com-ing home. May you find wel-come there with-in God’s
(AG) "C"E3 FGA | "G"B3 c "D"BAGA | "G"G4 z |]
w:dwell-ing-place, the rad-iant city,_ New Je-ru-sa-lem.