(Closed) Catholic music question…

posted 9 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I honestly don’t know, but I do know that it has to be approved religious music. You can’t walk to Pachabell’s Canon, or Chris Brown.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Miss Paisley I asked the wedding coordinator and the priest at our church your exact question and they told me no for two reasons, one was because they weren’t equipped for it, and the other was exactly what monitajb said above also.  It has to be approved.  We were able to get a Phantom of the Opera song played during the unity candle lighting but I don’t think our priest was too keen on that.  Oops. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I really wanted Beyonce’s version of Ave Maria played at our wedding during the presentation of the flowers and was heartbroken when I realized it wasn’t meant to be but the singers we hired to do the ceremony were so awesome that I’m glad I couldn’t have it my way.

Good luck, have fun planning and congrats to you both! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Music must be approved and yep- it pretty much has to be “music in Catholic worship”. Most churches don’t allow “secular” music i.e. Chris Brown, Celine Dion and so on. Secular music is never allowed at any time during the sacramental rites ceremony.

and I quote…  ‘ “Liturgical music should always express the Paschal Mystery theme” and “the liturgy is a complexus of signs expressed by LIVING human beings” and should not be replaced by recorded music” ‘

**HOWEVER,** SOME churches do allow instrumental (i.e. acoustic guitar, piano music on CD- no lyrics) or as mentioned Pachabell’s Canon ONLY as part of the prelude (walking in) and postlude (leaving). BUT- that depends on the church where the ceremony will be held at  

If you’d really like to have “our song” played, it won’t happen. Instrumental, maybe- and that will be based on who you talk to and your reason for wanting that type of music. If it’s due to budget issues, maybe they will understand and allow it.

Hmmm… should you call and ask? Depending on the importance of “secular” music being played at your ceremony, I think it best to set up a meeting and discuss it in person. Ultimately, your priest will have the final say.  

click on ink below for more helpful info on do’s and don’t’s for music, etc. in a Catholic church:

http://www.thebestsongs.net/catholic_wedding.html

Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

p.s. let me know if the link doesn’t work. I can try to copy and paste the info for you if you need. It’s long though!

p.s.s Our Catholic church does allow tasteful classical music and some instrumental so it doesn’t hurt to ask!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

It depends on your church.  We used pre-recorded music for the processional and recessional.  In fact, I walked down the aisle to Pachabel’s Canon, and our recessional was the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love.”  Different parishes have different rules on this, so it would be best to ask your priest or parish secretary about your church-specific rules.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Thanks JustaNavyWife and Mrs.Spring for that info, I am glad my comments weren’t the last word.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Weird…  wasn’t there another post here?  It disappeared…

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2010

**reposted** for some reason it “disappeared” on me too. Soo here it is again!

Music must be approved and yep- it pretty much has to be “music in Catholic worship”. Most churches don’t allow “secular” music i.e. Chris Brown, Celine Dion and so on. Secular music is never allowed at any time during the sacramental rites ceremony.

and I quote…  ‘ “Liturgical music should always express the Paschal Mystery theme” and “the liturgy is a complexus of signs expressed by LIVING human beings” and should not be replaced by recorded music” ‘

**HOWEVER,** SOME churches do allow instrumental (i.e. acoustic guitar, piano music on CD- no lyrics) or as mentioned Pachabell’s Canon ONLY as part of the prelude (walking in) and postlude (leaving). BUT- that depends on the church where the ceremony will be held at  

If you’d really like to have “our song” played, it won’t happen. Instrumental, maybe- and that will be based on who you talk to and your reason for wanting that type of music. If it’s due to budget issues, maybe they will understand and allow it.

Hmmm… should you call and ask? Depending on the importance of “secular” music being played at your ceremony, I think it best to set up a meeting and discuss it in person. Ultimately, your priests will have the final say.  

click on ink below for more helpful info on do’s and don’t’s for music, etc. in a Catholic church:

http://www.thebestsongs.net/catholic_wedding.html

Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

p.s. let me know if the link doesn’t work. I can try to copy and paste the info for you if you need. It’s long though!

p.s.s Our church allows classical and some tasteful music other than just instrumental- so it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

mine wouldn’t have allowed it.  But I was able to walk down to Pachelbel’s Canon.  We had to use the church’s organist for our music, and then if we wanted other musicians we had to get them through the church too and pay for them.  

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think it 100% depends on the church and their capabilities.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

thanks for the advice on this topic! bumping for future reference ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Every church has different rules. We hired a cellist and guitarist and our church is allowing us to have them play music, and its not going to be religious music.

You should ask the priest

 

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