Suggestions for Communion Hymn

posted 3 years ago in Catholic
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

The possibilities are (nearly) endless… I’d start by figuring out what’s in the repertoire of whoever is doing your music at the wedding and go from there! 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’d love to hear suggestions, too. I’m not much of a fan of Dan Schutte / Marty Haugen / modern Church music (is it okay for me to admit that?), but our hymnal has few other options. FI’s idea is to ask the cantor to sing “Panis Angelicus,” but I’m not sure how I feel about that……

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

What is the style of your wedding? More traditional? More contemporary? Also, what are your readings?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We did “I Received the Living God.” Very traditional hymn, I loved it! And it’s easy for the congregation to sing. Unlike some of the modern Haugen-type songs.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are using “You Are Mine” from the hymnal. I love when they play that song for communion at Sunday mass so I wanted it for my wedding.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Any setting of Psalm 34 is very appropriate for Communion; you might also get ahold of a couple of hymnals and look at what they include under their “Communion”/”Eucharist” sections. “Make of Our Hands a Throne” is a favorite of mine.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

“All Creatures” is gorgeous, and wonderful for a wedding. You’re right, though, that it really isn’t a Communion hymn. I think it would fit better as an opening or offertory hymn, or possibly as a closing hymn before the recessional.

Thematically speaking, the best choices for Communion hymns are the ones that refer explicitly to bread/bread and wine. Failing that, something with a theme of sacrifice or service is appropriate for that point in the liturgy.

If you don’t think many people in the assembly will sing, is there going to be a cantor or choir who can lead the singing?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Duncan:  “Precious Body, Precious Blood” and “One Bread, One Body” are both gorgeous whether sung or instrumental.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

It’s fairly modern, but I really like When We Gather In This Place.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

You might think about Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus. It’s a classical piece that could be done as an instrumental or with a vocalist/quartet/choir, and it’s very appropriate for Communion.

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