(Closed) Catholic full mass – what are you using for music?

posted 5 years ago in Catholic
Post # 4
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Do you have any favorite hymns? I would take a look at what’s in your church’s hymnal and pick out some hymns that will be easy for the congregation to join in on. Is there an organist? Do you have any musician friends who could serve as cantor or play an instrument?

Some nice ones you might look at:

– O God Beyond All Praising (works as an opening or closing hymn)

– God in the Planning

– Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

– For The Beauty of the Earth (good opening hymn)

– Sent Forth By God’s Blessing (good closer)

– Where Love is Found

Hope that’s helpful!

Post # 5
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This is what we used…

Seating of the Mothers- Holy is His Name-Talbot
Processional- Trumpet Tune
Gathering Song- Gather Us In
Communion Song- One Bread, One Body
Recessional- Tocatta from Symphony No. 5

I think we did all of them on organ except for the Communion song… but honestly I can’t remember! lol I posted a bunch of choices for recessional and processionals for another bee a wihle ago here:


Post # 6
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I second trying to find a talented friend or family member who can help you out.  Our church had an organist we could hire for the wedding, but we had a friend of ours as the cantor, and DH’s cousin sang a couple songs, too.

Post # 7
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m with you– we have a pianist and are asking two of the girls who lead the songs to sing at our Mass, but other than that, we’re not having any musicians. We love “On Eagle’s Wings”, so we’re using that somewhere, but not sure where yet 🙂

Post # 8
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Merelymere:  fyi, that song has very strong funeral connotations. (As in, it’s done in 95% of current Catholic funerals…) Just thought you might want to know that before choosing it for your wedding – maybe you haven’t been to many Catholic funerals, but if you do, you’re going to start noticing it, and maybe you don’t want that association with your wedding!

Post # 9
475 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

What an exciting thread! My fiance and I have been talking about this for ages, even before we got engaged. 


Ave Maria
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (maybe to walk down the aisle?)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (We’re getting married during Advent so perhaps some seasonal hymns?)

Entrance: O God Beyond All Praising (my absolute favorite)

Be Thou My Vision (maybe during the gifts?)

Communion: Tantum Ergo, perhaps

Presentation to Mary: Salve Regina

Recessional: The King of Love My Sheperd Is

Loves Divine, All Loves Excelling (Not sure where this would go)


Post # 10
3697 posts
Sugar bee

@vanessa7:  If you are interested: there is a setting of lyrics called “God In the Planning” that is sung to the same melody (Slane) as “Be Thou My Vision,” and the text is specifically about marriage.

Post # 12
475 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@KCKnd2:  Thanks! 🙂 I think we’ll stick with the original. I just love the lyrics so much!

Post # 13
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our church gave us a booklet with lots of suggested songs. We do not have a cantor, just an organist.

Seating of the Mothers: Canon in D – Pachelbel

Bridesmaids Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach

Bride Processional: Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke

Presentation of the Gifts: Praise and Thanksgiving

Communion Procession: We Gather Together

Recessional: The Rejoicing from the Fireworks Suite – Handel

Post # 14
475 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

“Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones” is also very beautiful and majestic! 

Post # 15
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We went with upbeat music.  Both Fiance and myself are criers so this seemed like a better option for us.  Its also why we specifically didn’t use Canon in D for the wedding party into (it is very traditional) but Fiance couldn’t listen to it at home without crying.


We have a soloisit who also plays guitar to accompany the organist. 


Seating of the Parents – Come and Journey with Me. 

Wedding Party – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Bride – Trumpet Vooluntary

Preparation of the Gifts – Lord of the Dance

Communinion – Gift of Finest Wheat

Dedication to the Blessed Mother – Ave Maria

Recessional – Hornpipe followed by Ode to Joy


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