Music for a Catholic Wedding

Music for a Catholic Wedding

Marriage is a sacred union between two people. The Catholic wedding is a sacrament and the music selected should be appropriate for the occasion. While many popular love songs may have a special meaning to the couple, they are better left for the reception.

The music at your wedding has the power to encourage or stifle the participation of the Assembly. The norm in the Roman Catholic Liturgy is participatory music; that is, the majority of music during the Liturgy should be sung by the entire Assembly. A little planning and some thoughtful choices can make your wedding a more meaningful and joyous occasion for everyone present.

Music should be carefully chosen and should be suitable to the religious nature of the celebration. The text or lyric of a song is as important as the quality of the music. Just because a song is “sacred” doesn’t mean it is liturgically appropriate at a particular point in the Mass or ceremony.

Below are suggested appropriate music selections to get you started in planning for this sacred occasion. If you are having a mass, you may want to consider music for the congregation to sing. This list is not exhaustive, it is meant as a starting point.

Call or email me for an Appointment! It is your responsibility to make the appointment. I will review the music with you, and we can create the liturgy together.  It is a painless process, I promise. The best time to meet is after the 4pm vigil mass on Saturdays, or after the 12pm mass on Sundays. Below is a short list of music to help you get started.

Fee: $300

Michael Cooney, Director of Music
203.572.2213
music@olaffld.org

Prelude

Ave Maria – Schubert, Bach/Gonoud

Canon in D – Pachelbel

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring / Bach

Processional

Canon in D – Pachelbel

Trumpet Voluntary – Clark

Trumpet Tune – Purcell

Presentation of Gifts

All I Ask of You – Weston Priory

Prayer of St. Francis – Sebastian Temple

The Irish Wedding Song – trad.

Wherever You Go – Weston Priory

When Love is Found – O WALY WALY

Communion

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach

Panis Angelicus – Cesar Franck

Gift of FInest Wheat – Kreutz

Recessional

Allegro Maestoso (from Water Music) – Handel

Joyful, Joyful We Adore You – Hymn, Beethoven

Ode to Joy – Beethoven

Wedding March – Mendelessohn

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