Post # 1
I need some help. I have always loved (and by loved, I mean I cry everytime I hear it that’s how much it gets to me) Schubert’s Ave Maria sung in German. Dont ask me why but something about it just amazes me and makes me thank God that we as people are capable of such amazing beauty.
I would love to have the song in our wedding during the lighting of our unity candle. But since neither of us our Catholic, I worry that those who are Catholic might be offended by the use of song that is so heavily associated with the Catholic faith in a non Catholic ceremony. His mother’s side is all Hispanic and mostly Catholic as well as are many of our friends so I want to get some opinions. We are both of German heritage as well so I though this would also nicely incorporate that part of our hertiage. We are having our wedding in an Episcopal church but we are Methodist (me) and Lutheran (him).
So would you think it was wierd if you heard the Ave Maria at a Non Catholic ceremony? Or more importantly would you be offended if you did?
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
I’m not Catholic, but I say, if you love the song and it has special meaning to you, then why not use it for your special day? I doubt your friends and family will get offended – they’re there to celebrate your wedding.
Post # 4
We’re Lutheran and had Schubert’s version for the bridal party processional. To be honest, until my Father-In-Law brought it up at the rehearsal dinner, I was unaware that Ave Maria is considered a "Catholic" song. I’ve heard it played at countless weddings, catholic or not, as well as funerals.
By The Way – our Missouri Synod Pastor had no problem whatsoever with us incorporating the song into our wedding ceremony.
Post # 5
I think that beautiful music is beautiful music. I’ve heard the Ave Maria at Catholic ceremonies, Protestant cermonies, civil ceremonies… it’s just a beautiful piece of music.
If it helps, though, Schubert’s Ave Maria sung in German is not the Catholic Ave Maria prayer. The German text is actually translated from from the English epic poem The Lady of the Lake by Walter Scott.
Post # 6
Yay I love that song 🙂 I’m Catholic and I wouldn’t be offended hearing it at a non-catholic service.. it’s a beautiful piece. Also considering that he has Catholic family, you could maybe consider it as a respectful nod to their faith? I personally think it’s a great way to incorporate both your German side and his mom’s Catholic family traditions.