(Closed) ceremony questions!

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

We’re using a Scottish fiddle piece that our organist (a good friend) is arranging for us as our processional. We’re exiting to a piece called “Each Step of the Journey.”

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

can’t help with your first question. but as far as music, we’re using jesu joy of a man’s desiring for family/bridal party and i will be walking down to canon in d. my organist said those were good choices because they transition easily into one another.

for the recessional we are walking to spring and autumn from vivaldi’s 4 seasons. she’s going to combine them together and it sounds really nice!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Re. the Latin v. English: I would say that depends on your guest list and how familiar it would be for them. I think most people can handle the Agnus Dei and *maybe* the Sanctus being in Latin and the Kyrie being in Greek. Beyond that, I feel like you start to get into territory that can be alienating to all but the most hardcore, old-school Catholics. I think it also makes a difference whether you want them to sing/chant the Latin (easier) or speak it. (I know, it seems backwards that speaking it would be more difficult, but the music makes it easier to remember the cadences. With just speaking it, a lot of people have trouble with the pronunciation, where to pause, etc.)

Bottom line: if you do it in Latin and it’s unfamiliar to most people, it can get in the way of their ability to pray the words, because they have to focus so much attention on processing new information, pronunciation, etc.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

If it means a lot to you, I’d *maybe* do the Agnus Dei in Latin, but if you’re like me, where very few guests are Catholic and are going to be lost anyway, I might not include it. Although, I know that at my grandmother’s funeral, the priest did include some of the parts in Latin, as tribute to her having grown up with the Latin Mass and her children having grown up with it also and it was touching and beautiful. 

Have you asked your celebrant’s opinion?

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