Catholic hymns?

posted 5 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsDeLovely:  I’m in the same situation. Our organist just told us to pick what we liked – but I’m not sure what is allowed, and we haven’t had any guidance.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MrsDeLovely:  We just did this. Here is what we chose:

Processional for the bridal party: Trumpet Voluntary
Processional: Canon in D
Responsorial Psalm: Here I am Lord
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic
Gifts: On Eagle’s Wings
Communion Hymn: One Bread, One Body; Ave Maria
Recessional: Canticle of the Sun
 
Our goal was as accessible as possible. We wanted songs that everyone knew.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

I really like Set Me As A Seal for the gifts. SOOO beautiful.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@MrsDeLovely:  So is Canticle of the Sun, but whatever. My family uses the same songs as both… maybe it is their way of mourning the loss of their single life.

The way we are doing the procession is that the priest and groomsmen are coming in from the side, the bridesmaids are going to walk up, flower girl/ring bearer, and then me. But other churches do it differently. However, it is normally priest first, then bridal party.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Processional: Servant Song (the one that starts off with “will you let me be your servant”

Communion: The Summons

Recessional: Be Thou My Vision

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

@Pollywog:  One thing you might want to think about/check with your celebrant: “Here I Am, Lord” isn’t actually a Psalm (the text comes from the book of Isaiah). “On Eagle’s Wings” *is* a Psalm text (I believe it’s Psalm 91). Would you be up for swapping them so that On Eagle’s Wings is your Psalm? If you switch the two of them, you’re golden: “Here I Am, Lord” is really appropriate for the offertory (bringing up the gifts) hymn!

 

@MrsDeLovely:  You have some flexibility in how much music to have, but the general outline is this:

– preludes that serve as “background music” while the guests are arriving and getting seated

– processional music (for the wedding party and the bride/couple; can be the same piece or two different pieces. Some weddings also do a special piece of music for seating the mothers, etc.)

– an opening hymn that everyone sings (this can be cut if you are trying to keep things shorter)

– a responsorial Psalm (usually sung but can be recited. The text should come from the book of Psalms.)

– Gospel Acclamation (i.e. the Alleluia. Usually sung but can be recited.)

– Offertory/preparation/bringing forth the gifts. Usually a song that everyone sings, but you can have a soloist do something here instead if you prefer. You can pick whatever you like, but songs that talk about service and making sacrifices for one another are especially appropriate for this part of the Mass.

– Mass parts (Holy Holy, Memorial Acclamation, Amen, Lamb of God). Your organist/pianist will probably take care of these.

– Communion hymn. Again, you can pick what you like, but it’s especially appropriate to pick a hymn that talks about the Eucharist for this spot (like Pollywog’s suggestion of “One Bread, One Body.”)

– Closing hymn/Recessional. You can either have everyone sing a hymn and *then* walk out to a different piece of music, or you can walk out during the last song. Something bright and exuberant like “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” or “Canticle of the Sun” like Pollywog suggested works very well here.

One thing you can do is find out what hymnal the church uses (popular ones include Gather, Ritual Song, Worship, We Celebrate, Voices of Faith …) and then see what songs it has that you know and like. You can also use the index to find songs that are especially wedding-appropriate, or songs that tie in to the readings you chose. Feel free to PM me if you’d like some more help.

 

You also have some flexibility, By The Way, in deciding how to do the processional. Part of it depends on your priest’s preferences (sometimes they walk in the processional, other times they just come out of the Sacristy and meet you at the altar), but there aren’t a lot of rules about who walks or what order – you can arrange that how you like.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@KCKnd2:  Seriously!?!? Thanks for pointing this out. I will change it!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

Yup! I’m a Catholic church musician. Smile Fortunately, you had an easy, built-in solution!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have always loved the Celtic Alleluia … one of my favorites.  And I think “We Are One Body” would be really nice for communion! 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If you’re doing a presentation of flowers to Mary or moms/grandmas, which I see done  quite often around where I’m from,  either the Schubert or gunoud ave maria is beautiful! 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Prelude, Seating of Parents & Grandparents – “Spring” – A. Vivaldi

Procession – “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” – J.S. Bach

Bridal Procession – “Canon in D” – J. Pachabel

Unity Candle  “Hold You Up” – M. West

Presentation of Gifts  “How Beautiful” – T. Paris

Communion       “All in All” – D. Jernigan, “One Bread, One Body” – J. Foley

Recessional – “Halleluiah Chorus” – G.F. Handel

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I pulled up the Mass program I made for our wedding. This is what we used:

Prelude: instrumental selections and Great is Thy Faithfulness

Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Trumpet Voluntary

Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia

Presentation of the Gifts: Covenant Hymn (intended for RCIA but was perfect for our wedding)

Communion Hymn: Here I Am, Lord

Recessional: Ode to Joy

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Processional: Cannon in D

Bride’s Processional: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Presentation of Gifts: Wherever You Go

Communion: One Bread, One Body

Presentation to Mary: Ave Maria

Recessional: Ode to Joy

 

We used the Mass of Renewal for the gloria, allelulia, etc.

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