- 7 years ago
- Wedding: January 2011
I need help finding songs appropriate for the ceremony please.
I need help finding songs appropriate for the ceremony please.
If you’re hiring a pianist or organist (or any other musical group), they will probably have a repertoire of music appropriate for weddings. Since you posted in the Catholic section I’ll assume you’re having a nuptial mass inside a Catholic church. In that case, you’ll be restricted from using secular music – in other words no walking down the aisle to “Tonight’s gonna be a good night!”
In general, you should stick to songs on the theme of Love. Here are some good ones – all can be found on YouTube:
When Love is Found
Blest are those who love you (Psalm)
We Have Been Told
You are Mine
yea it is a catholic ceremony and I know no secular songs are allowed but I’m just not familiar with the ones that aren’t
Thanks very much for those ideas I’ll check them out
Ave Maria is a pretty one. and i think they allow that in the catholic church
Servant Song is one of my favorites and great for a wedding.
I think St. Francis’ prayer would be appropriate too.
We exited to “Lead me Lord.” Just a traditional Sunday hymn, but we thought it would be a great start to our marriage.
Check out music by David Haas. He has some good Catholic wedding songs.
Have you met with your musicians yet? They will most likely give you a selection of songs you can do.
We met with our ceremony musicians yesterday. Our organist started the conversation by telling us that he will most likely say no to most of our requests. We got the Ave Maria for the mothers’ entrance, Canon in D (my request) for the bridesmaids, the Prince of Denmark’s march for my entrance, and Ode to Joy for our exit. We also picked one of 7 psalms that he read to us and that was that.
It all depends on what kind of music you are looking for, who is doing it, what are the instruments, etc.
We wanted a really joyful mass where everyone could participate in our ceremony with us. As we are the conveyors of the sacrament, we really wanted people to join in with us, especially through the music.
Prelude: “Set me as a Seal”: Matt Maher
Parents/Bridal Party Entrance: “Be Thou my Vision”
Bridal Entrance: “Cry of the Beloved”: Alicia Hernon
Psalm: “Blest Are Those”: Marty Haugen
Alleluia: chorus of Matt Maher’s “Love has Come”
Presentation of the Gifts: “The Servant Song”: Richard Gillard
Agnus Dei: Matt Maher
Communion: “I shall be healed”: Bob Rice
Marian Dedication: “As I Kneel”: Maria Parkinson
Exit: “Joyful, Joyful, We adore Thee”
Our mass was beyond amazing. People are STILL talking about our ceremony and especially the music. Even our priest is still talking about it every time we see him, lol.
All the lyrics can be found in my post on THIS thread. There’s a few other music threads on the Catholic board with music in it from others too if you need more choices etc.
@AprilJo2011: I agree. You want to meet with a musician and ask them for suggestions. This not only resolves the issue of what’s approved, but also the issue of what the musician can play.
Music allowed in a church (whether in a Nuptial Mass or a Rite of Marriage) is a complicated matter. First, the music can’t be electrified – so only organs, pianos, acoustic guitars, trumpets, flutes, etc. Second, the music can’t be secular. So anything made for an opera, play, musical, etc. is out and most music that you’ve heard on the radio in the last 50 years is probably out. Third, the music has to be approved by the pastor of the church (this is normally delegated to the music director or liturgy committee).
@KLP2010: “Sing to the Lord” recommends only human voice and organs, but allows other instruments “according to longstanding local usage, provided they are truly apt for sacred use or can be rendered apt.” The USCCB has interpreted this for the US to include non-electified instruments (excluding electric organs which are allowed an exception because of the signficance and cost of a pipe organ). Even some non-electrified instruments that are popular today (such as drums) have been determined to be secular and should not be used. The interpretation, however, varies in other parts of the world. For instance, it’s permissible to use drums in Africa as they have long standing use in whorship.
There is a specific ban against the use of recorded music in the same document: “Recorded music lacks the authenticity provided by a living liturgical assembly gathered for the Sacred Liturgy. While recorded music might be used advantageously outside the Liturgy as an aid in the teaching of new music, it should not, as a general norm, be used within the Liturgy.”
ETA: I’m not sure how this works for acoustically generated music that is electrically amplified (i.e. using microphones). I can’t find any discussion of that at all but I assume it’s OK.
We were told that none of the music would be amplified by microphones. The music director suggested that because of that we should get a string quartett and not just a violinist.
We went mostly with what they suggested and did not have any requests that they declined so I really don’t know what is not permitted. My only requests were Canon in D and please no Here Comes the Bride! But they told us they predominantly have to say no to brides’ requests, so they started the conversation with a warning about that.
We are doing:
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Wedding Party – Canon in D Major
Bridal – Trumpet Voluntary
Gospel Acclamation Celtic Alleluia
Preparation of gifts Here I Am Lord
Communion One Bread One Body
@AprilJo2011: still, depending on their tone… I know my FH would definitely take offense no matter how they said it – maybe I’ll do the first meeting on my own! My parish uses microphones (and mics the instruments but doesn’t electrify them), drums and the like so it shouldn’t be a problem for us. As an aside, yesterday at church during the preparation of the gifts someone I’d never seen before played Spanish guitar and I DIED!!! FH loooooooooves Spanish guitar, so maybe we can see what kinds of songs are available that he can play for the ceremony!
For one, Sing to the Lord doesn’t only recommend vocal and organ. It says that from the days when the Ark of the Covenant was accompanied in procession by cymbals, harps, lyres, and trumpets, God’s people have, in various periods, used a variety of musical instruments to sing his praise82
It also says a variety instruments may be used, but doesn’t say anything about electrified instruments. Some churches may interpret it that way, however. What is considered a sacred sound is highly subjective. Pipe organs may sound sacred to some, but I do not like them. They may sound pretty to some, but I’m guessing those people have never told a priest in Haiti that their twin parish can’t afford to replace the $1,000 tin roof on their church that might collapse at any minute because they just put in a $2 million dollar pipe organ. There is nothing sacred about that to me. Pipe organs are just a more traditional sound, so some people interpret them as holier.
Also, there is not a ban against recorded music, only a suggestion to not use it if possible. The church I grew up in used it very often. There were only 80 people there usually and no choir.
So those things are just suggestions, not rules. Some churches might choose not to use electrified music, but there is no ban against them.
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