(Closed) Good Music for a Catholic Ceremony

posted 9 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Contemporary music (aka secular music) will usually not be played at the Mass. The reason is that the Mass is a religious/spiritual ceremony in which the appropriate music needs to be played.  Not to say that the secular music may not be good, but as the saying goes… “There is a time and place for everything”.

Fortunately, the Church has a list of many great songs, which are not only spiritual, but also carry a deeper meaning to what is occuring, and that is the union of the Bride and Groom, to be one, in the presence of GOD.

I hate to say this, but it’s similar to riding in someone’s car… most of the time, the Driver has control of the radio.  We are there to enjoy the ride…




P.S. – Check with the cantors at your Church. They will have a list of songs to be sung at mass.

Post # 4
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think instrumental music is often approved.  Our parish said any music that doesn’t have lyrics suggesting “questionable morality” would be approved.  By that definition, we were also able to have a Beatles song for our recessional.  🙂  Of course, it will always vary from parish to parish.  

If you have looking for contemporary classical music, though, check out Josh Groban and Charlotte Church.  If you find something you like, take it to your priest and ask if he will approve it.  If he doesn’t approve it, there’s always the possibility of using the instrumental versions instead.  Good luck!

Post # 5
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

There’s a lot of great Catholic/Christian artists out there with some amazing songs.  One of my favorites for a wedding (and that I plan on using as well) would have to be Matt Maher’s “Set me as a seal.”  Matt’s gone main stream CCM now but he has a lot of amazing Catholic music going back to when he was just a music minister at his church.  You can hear the song here:


Lyrics: Based on scripture

<span style=”font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;”>

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Set me as a seal on your soul. 
For strong as death is love, 
unyielding as the grave. 
Nothing will quench its flame, 
nothing will quench its flame. 

Kiss me, my love, 
that your name be on my lips. 
You intoxicate my being
with the fragrance of your presence. 

How beautiful you are, my darling. 
Show me your face, let me hear your voice. 
Sweet as the dew in the early morn, 
like a lily among the thorns.

I looked for you, the one my heart loves. 
I looked for you, but did not find you. 
I searched through the night until I rested in your sight. 
Now, I will never let you go. 

You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; 
you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes. 
Your lips so sweet, adorned with honey. 
My hands, they drip with myrrh.

While your on spirit and song check out the rest of Matt’s stuff and all the other Catholic Artists on this label.  He has a lot of great contemporary mass parts on his original CD “The end and the beginning.”


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