Catholic Wedding Music Planning

Wedding Music Planning Process



Wedding music planning is planned jointly by the couple and Sacred Heart’s Liturgy & Music office. The planning meeting will cover all music for your wedding. Liturgical music is based in scripture and draws the couple deeper into the celebration of their sacramental union in Christ. Singing hymns and responses by the assembly congregation invites all to offer praise and thanksgiving on this joyous occasion and together ask God’s blessing on the couple. It is appropriate for all present to sing certain parts of the Mass such as the Alleluia, the Holy, the Mystery of Faith and the Amen. Great care is taken that the choir/vocalist/instrumentalist, if selected by the couple, is integrated into the ceremony as a support to the dignity of the sacrament being celebrated.

INSTRUMENTALISTS AND CANTORS

Sacred Heart’s Liturgy & Music will make arrangements with excellent and experienced instrumentalists if these are desired. Outside musicians are not permitted without prior approval from the Director of Liturgy & Music.

GUIDELINES FOR SUITABLE MUSIC

Weddings in the Catholic Church are sacred celebrations of a love that reflects God’s infinite love for us poured out in Jesus Christ. All music used during the wedding ceremony should reflect the sacredness, sanctity and fidelity of the Sacrament of Matrimony in a manner that is respectful, dignified, and prayerful and within the guidelines of the Catholic Church. Music must be live; we do not use recorded music. Selections must be classical or hymns. We do not play secular music. The reception is the appropriate venue for secular music.

Please choose one of the following options for each section of the liturgy.

Mother’s Processional Song

  Hail Mary, Gentle Woman (Landry)   Ave Maria (Schubert)

Bridesmaid’s Processional Song

  Canon in D (Pachelbel)   Sleeper's Awake (Bach)
  Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)  

Bride’s Processional Song

  Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Wagner)   Processional from the “Royal Fireworks” (Handel)
  St. Anthony Chorale (Bach)   Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary) (Clarke)

Opening Hymn

 Hear Us Now, Our God and Father (Prichard)                                 God, Who Created Hearts to Love (Ridge)
 Love Has Brought Us Together (Rowland H. Prichard)  

 

Responsorial Psalm

  Psalm 103: Loving and Forgiving (Soper)   Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful (Haugen)
  Psalm 34: Taste and See (Hurd)  

Canticle of Praise/Preparation Song

  Where There is Love (Haas)   Here I am (Booth)
  Come and Journey with Me (Haas)   Wherever You Go (Norbet)
  Only in God (Talbot)    Wherever You Go (Hass) 
  You Are Mine (Haas)   I Could Sing of Your Love Forever (Smith) 
  We Have Been Told (Haas)    You Have Called Us (Farrell) 

Communion Song

  Breathe (Barnett)   Center of My Life (Inwood)
  One Bread, One Body (Foley)   Only a Shadow (Landry)
  Bread of Life (Farrell)   I Am the Bread of Life (Talbot) 
  Ubi Caritas (Rosania)  

Meditation Song

  Draw Me Close to You (Carpenter)   I Have Loved You (Joncas)
  When Love is Found (Wren)   Surely the Presence of the Lord (Wolfe)
  Set Me as a Seal (Maher)   

Recessional Song

  Ode to Joy (Beethoven)   Rondeau (The Masterpiece) (Mouret)
  Wedding March (Mendelssohn)   Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
  St. Anthony Chorale (Bach)   

Wedding Liturgy Form 

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