Wedding Music

Musical Selections

To help you become familiar with some musical options before your initial meeting with the church musicians, here is a list of music to help you. Click on the link and you will be able to get a sample of the music. Text to all of the sung music can be downloaded here. Find a text that you find particularly meaningful, and then afterwards listen to the music. This list is a guide and is not meant to be exhaustive. You can discuss other options with John or David at your consultation.


Prelude Music

Special prelude music can be chosen from the many selections listed below. Typically we begin playing prelude music when the guests arrive; between fifteen and twenty minutes before the wedding begins.

Seating of Mothers

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
Air - Bach
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Ave Maria - Schubert
Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach

About three to five minutes before the wedding is to begin, the mothers of the groom and bride, respectively, are seated. This takes about two minutes. If there is a Unity Candle, then once both mothers arrive at their seats, they then go up to the back altar, light taper candles and then proceed to light the two candles beside the one Unity Candle. This process takes about four minutes.

Bridesmaids Procession Music

Canon in D - Pachelbel
Rigaudon - Campra
Prince of Denmark March - Clarke
Processional - Stanley
Trumpet Tune - Clarke

If you would like, please chose one piece for the BRIDESMAIDS PROCESSION and one for the BRIDE. You may also chose one piece of music for the entire procession (just pick the SAME music). NOTE: Not all of the possible choices are listed here. If you don't see the piece that you want, you can discuss other options with John or David at your consultation.

Bridal Procession Music

Canon in D - Pachelbel
Rigaudon - Campra
Prince of Denmark March - Clarke
Processional - Stanley
Trumpet Tune - Clarke

Liturgy of the Word - Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 23: My Shepherd is the Lord - Gelineau, SJ
Psalm 34: Taste and See - Haugen
Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful - Haugen
Psalm 118: This is the Day - Haugen
Psalm 122: Let us Go Rejoicing - Joncas
Psalm 128: Blest Are Those Who Love You
Psalm 145: I Will Praise your Name - Haugen


Unity Candle Music

When Love is Found - Wren
Where You Go - Callaghan
Wherever You Go - Haas
Bridegroom and Bride - Slane

The lighting of the unity candle takes all of about one minute, so choosing music that has good spots to stop is helpful.


Liturgy of the Eucharist

You will need to chose music from this portion ONLY if you are going to have a wedding MASS. If you are having wedding CEREMONY, then proceed to the section marked BLESSED VIRGIN MARY DEDICATION.


Presentation of Gifts

When Love is Found - Wren
Where You Go - Callaghan
Wherever You Go - Haas
Bridegroom and Bride - Slane
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
Love is the Sunlight - Cotter
The Gift of Love - Hopson
Wedding Hymn - Handel

This section also takes all of about one minute. You can also choose music from the section marked 'Unity Candle.'

Music During Communion

I Received the Living God - Proulx
Draw us in the Spirit's Tether - Dearmer
Now in this Banquet - Haugen
Panis Angelicus - Franck
Take and Eat - Porter
You Are Mine - Haas
Laudate Dominum - Mozart
God Is Love - Griggs
Life-giving Bread, Saving Cup - Chepponis

It is appropriate to choose a hymn that 'expresses outwardly the communicants’ union in spirit by means of the unity of their voices, to give evidence of joy of heart and to highlight more the "communitarian" character of the communion procession.' (#86 Roman Missal 2004)


Blessed Virgin Mary Dedication

Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Maria - Bach / Gounod
Ave Maria - Arcadelt


Recessional

Rondeau - Mouret
Ode to Joy - Beethoven
Toccata from Symphony #5 - Widor
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Hornpipe from Water Music - Handel
'RĂ©jouissance' from Fireworks Music - Handel
The Heavens are Telling - Marcello
Trumpet Tune - Stanley

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