(Closed) Catholic Processional Music?

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am thinking ave maria! I wanted something beautiful but still catholic,

Post # 4
5 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m thinking that I’m going to be using “Trumpet Voluntary” for my processional. Here’s a clip I found of it in case you haven’t heard it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmJLv5fEb3k

Post # 5
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I used canon D for the wedding party and trumpet voluntary for my entrance. Check out some other popular choices here.

Post # 6
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We’re only having an organist.  The musicians fell through about 2 months before the wedding and I had already gone through so much stress that I just decided to have only an organist.

We’re having Schubert’s Ave Maria for parents and bridal party procession

Then we’re having Prelude to Te Deum – Charpentier for my procession (I think that’s what we decided)

We’re having Panis Angelicus for communion (unless its too long and then we’ll just omit it.  We only have 98 guests and many aren’t Catholic)

And I think we went with Holy God we praise thy name for the recessional, but I’ve honestly forgotten what it was.  That was more of my fiance’s choosing though.

Post # 8
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m walking in to Trumpet Voluntary! I’m madly in love with the song, I think it’s so joyful!

The wedding party is coming in to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) and we’re walking out to the Finale from Handel’s Water Music.  We’re lucky enough to have an organ/organist, so I think these’ll be great.

For Mass, we’re using You are Mine (offertory) and Panis Angelicus (communion). I definitely recommend Panis, if you have a vocalist. It’s simple and beautiful and classic. I’m also having my maid of honor (a professional vocalist) sing an Ave Maria during the presentation to Mary, which rock!

Post # 9
2397 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Thanks for your post, ebs1123, I was trying to get ideas for our soloist, especially for a communion song!

We’re using Trumpet Voluntary for the bridesmaids and Canon in D for me 🙂

Post # 11
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think we’re doing Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for the processional. Servant’s Song for communion, and City of God for the recessional. We like the idea of people singing and participating, so that’s why we’re doing hymns instead of one person doing the singing. We really want our mass to be about community.

Post # 12
25 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

There’s a CD that I got at WalMart that is Celtic Wedding Music.  A lot of it is instrumental hyms and folk music, but very elegant and not “overly celtic.”  It may give you some inspiration and it’s all “mass appropriate.”  

I found it in the section with the home decor where they have those silly boxes where you can press the button and hear the music (no laughing).  I truly expected it to be terrible, but it was actually great! 

I hope that helps!  Best of luck!

Post # 13
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You’re lucky you get to choose. I have a list to choose from. I will be walking in on Canon in D b/c my Fiance absolutely loves it.

Post # 14
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re using Trumpet Voluntary on the organ.  It’s gorgeous!

I love Canon in D as well but it’s not as nice on the organ as it is in other mediums.  I think it depends on which version you want.

Post # 15
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Ok.  Being raised Catholic AND being a music major, I’m done with the norms.  So here are some Catholic awesomenesses that are a little off the beaten path.  Don’t know if they will help at all, but at least it is great spiritual listening.  Side note:  I was a choral major, so I’m leaning towards vocal music…

Bach’s Quia Respexit from his Magnificat – Bach didn’t write a lot of music for Catholic’s since he was paid by the Lutherans.  This gem (if you have an oboe, organ and soprano you are GOLD) is a beeeeautiful song for Mary saying “For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden; behold!  Henceforth all generations shall call her blessed.”

Bogoroditse Djevo by Rachmaninoff from his Vespers.  This is russian choral music, but it is the most beautiful setting of the Ave Maria I know of (I like it better than the over done Schubert)  Rejoice, O virgin mother of God, Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, for thou hast borne the savior of our souls.

Ubi Caritas by Durufle “Where there is love and charity, God is there”, traditionally used on Maundy Thursday as the feet washing antiphon.  But the text is great for a wedding.

William Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices – I was always a fan of connecting the whole mass with one cohesive ordinary tied together by the same chant melody.  If you dig the beauty of the latin mass, this a cappella setting from the 1500’s is hauntingly beautiful and serene.  He set the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Benedictus and Agnus Dei.

I Thank You God (for Most this Amazing Day) OR This Marriage by Eric Whitacre – Ok so this is an e.e. cummings poem and not *quite* sanctioned by Rome.  But Eric is like the Brad Pitt of contemporary choral music.  And the rich lush shimmering chords are amazing.  This Marriage is a medieval poem by sufi poet Rumi, and is a simple SATB setting of a benediction for marriage.  YouTube it!

Gabrielli’s Canzones (or anything else) – He started the antiphonal brass back in the renaissance, surround sound in a church!  This is all instrumental.  


Post # 16
46 posts
  • Wedding: June 1995

(if you have an oboe, organ and soprano you are GOLD)—-Hey, Pretzel…I’m not playing the oboe for your entrance…and not only because I don’t own one any more  🙂 

silverbrooke -Great list!  Thanks for your input–this is really helpful (to me, at least)

Tigs, Pretzel’s Maid/Matron of Honor 🙂

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