(Closed) Ceremony music: Ave Maria?

posted 14 years ago in Music
Post # 3
13 posts
  • Wedding: April 2008

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
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

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
5 posts

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
23 posts

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.

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