(Closed) Ave Maria …Innapropriate for a wedding ???

posted 10 years ago in Music
  • poll: Ave Maria ?

    Listen to your mother... Innapropriate!

    Gorgeous piece of music... Do it !

  • Post # 32
    2857 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

    It’s your wedding – do whatever you want!

    Post # 33
    4122 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

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    it’s a common every day prayer for Catholics not just on their death bed.

    it’s also not “just” a rosary prayer and is entirely based on scripture from the gospels. To the op. Do it. I’ve never heard it at a funeral but it is a hugely popular catholic wedding hymn. The only instance I would say not to do it is if you are not catholic, or do not understand or respect the role of Mary within chrisitanity. As mentioned the song IS the Hail Mary in Latin set to music. You should agree with the prayer as singing it is “like praying twice” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 34
    1221 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We’re using it during the flower exchange during our ceremony. We will also be using this song to remember those that are w/ us in spirit on our special day ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 35
    167 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I went to a very traditional Catholic wedding, and the not only played it, but made a big deal out of it being a tradition, the importance of Mary’s blessing on the bride (or something like that – the wedding was a while ago, I sort of forget all the details), and the bride was escorted by her BMs and stood in front of the statue of Mary during the song.

    I am not Catholic, and we do not revere Mary the same way Catholicism does, so I personally wouldn’t use it at my wedding. But if you like the song, and/or it has some meaning for you, use it! If your mother lets one song ruin her day, she’s being a bit overly-dramatic. Wink

    Post # 36
    10 posts
    • Wedding: September 2012

    As a church musician – let me tell you that I’ve sung Ave Maria at just about every wedding and never at a funeral.  I’m just sayin. (We do skip the second verse generally – it’s a downer.)

    Your mom’s had her a little sip of the Momzilla.

    Post # 37
    1309 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    If you’ve ever watched Runaway Bride, at one point Julia Roberts walks down the aisle (and then out of the church) to the strains of Ave Maria!

    So yes it’s a a wedding song ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 38
    3226 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’m using it!

    Post # 39
    4411 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

    Ave Maria is about the Virgin Mary.  It is not a funeral song.  Personally, I’ve always thought of it as a Christmas song, but that’s because that’s when we used to listen to it the most.  I’ve never heard it played at a funeral, but I’ve heard it sung at many weddings.

    Post # 40
    570 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012


    This is a beautiful song if the choir does it correctly. This is the song I chose to walk down the aisle. The song brings tears to my eyes and I know it will do the same to the guest. 

    Also, it symbolizes for me purity and humbleness

    Post # 41
    1032 posts
    Bumble bee

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    @Willow1991: The Hail Mary is not only prayed during death, I am a devoted cradle Catholic, I say the Hail Mary all the time. Many people do. If you say the rosary for any intention you say it 50 times. It is asking her to pray for you now too, not just at the hour of death. Just sayin’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    To the OP, Ave Maria has been played at EVERY Catholic wedding I have ever been to, and I have been to 12. I am using it in my own. Its beautiful, I say go for it! No reason to hesitate whatsoever! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Post # 42
    2083 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    This was my favorite piece of music that we chose for our wedding ceremony actually. We had our parents and grandparents walk down the aisle to it. Then the bridal party went down to Canon in D. I think Ave Maria is a special piece of music that really hits people. On a normal day I will tear up listening to it so of course as soon as I heard it start as I was waiting to walk down the aisle I had to really force myself to stay composed lol

    We were going to use this for when we presented a gift of roses to Mary during the ceremony, but we ended up not doing that portion of the ceremony just because the way the layout of the church was it would have been difficult to orchestrate smoothly.

    Post # 43
    14492 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    English Translation:

    Ave Maria! Ave Maria! maiden mild!
    Listen to a maiden’s prayer!
    Thou canst hear though from the wild,
    Thou canst save amid despair.
    Safe may we sleep beneath thy care,
    Though banish’d, outcast and reviled –
    Maiden! hear a maiden’s prayer;
    Mother, hear a suppliant child!
    Ave Maria!

    Ave Maria! undefiled!
    The flinty couch we now must share
    Shall seem this down of eider piled,
    If thy protection hover there.
    The murky cavern’s heavy air
    Shall breathe of balm if thou hast smiled;
    Then, Maiden! hear a maiden’s prayer;
    Mother, list a suppliant child!
    Ave Maria!

    Ave Maria! stainless styled!
    Foul demons of the earth and air,
    From this their wonted haunt exiled,
    Shall flee before thy presence fair.
    We bow us to our lot of care,
    Beneath thy guidance reconciled;
    Hear for a maid a maiden’s prayer,
    And for a father hear a child!
    Ave Maria!

    Doesn’t sound like a funeral song to me.

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