(Closed) Help! What are the least religious hymns you know? Catholic marrying atheist!

posted 9 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
6995 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i’ve been looking and finding it hard to find non-religious hymns.. – i’m assuming you arent having a mass, and just the wedding so the rules around that may be a bit different

i pulled this from catholic wedding help: “Remember, though, that a Catholic wedding (even one outside of Mass) is a liturgy. The whole thing, from beginning to end, is a prayer. That’s why the Church says that all music used in its liturgy should be easily identifiable as prayer.”

i would suggest talking to your priest and seeing what hymns they allow – he should be able to give you a list that you can choose from.

Post # 4
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

why does it HAVE to be religious? I would think amazing grace would be religious—“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound! That saved a wretch like me?” Not trying to be rude, but IMO it is fairly religious. 

Post # 6
189 posts
Blushing bee

@jellyspoons: What about “Will Your Anchor Hold”? Although it is not all airy, the lyrics are about strong and steadfast which is sometimes what marriage is about. 

Some others: 

Oh Promise Me

Oh promise me that someday you and I, Will take our love together to some sky.
Where we can be alone and faith renew, And find the hollows where those flowers grew.
Those first sweet violets of early spring, Which come in whispers thrill us both and sing
Of love unspeakable that is to be, Oh promise me, oh promise me.

Oh promise me that you will take my hand, The most unworthy in this lonely land.
And let me sit beside you in your eyes, Seeing the vision of our paradise.
Hearing God’s message while the voices roll, They’re mighty music to our very souls.
No love less perfect than a life with thee, Oh promise me, oh promise me.

What about some classical music that can pass for religious music? Or what about “I Will Follow Him” (sung in Sister Act). It sounds like a hymn, but isnt it a a love song too? πŸ™‚

Post # 7
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@jellyspoons: We are doing having a Catholic Ceremony outside of mass as well since FH isn’t Catholic. We chose not to have additional music and for everything where music was “necessary” we chose Classical Tunes, which meant no picking hymns.

Post # 8
9024 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Honestly all hymn are religious, they all have a religious meaning or undertone. If you dont want religious then you can try choosing other music rather than hymns

Post # 9
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Most Catholics aren’t evangelical or into creationism.  πŸ™‚

Is any mention of a creator off limits for you?  There are a some really charming songs by the St. Louis Jesuits that have a lot of references to nature in them, but many (most?) also reference a creator here and there.


Sing to the mountains, sing to the sea

Raise your voices, lift your hearts

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad


That was always one of my favorite songs as a kid.  πŸ™‚


Dan Schutte also wrote a lot of upbeat, contemporary songs that we sung at mass when I was younger.  I think the references are a little stronger in his stuff.



Post # 11
707 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Can you just have the organ play with no lyrics? How do you feel about Ava Maria? Or On Eagles Wings?

Post # 13
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@magilnyc: That’s what I was gonna say…what about instrumental versions of hymns? No singing/words involved, just beautiful music! πŸ™‚

Post # 15
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011 - Catholic Church, Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa

Ave Maria won’t work–it can be played before the ceremony, but since the service isn’t celebrating Mary, it can’t be played.  To be perfectly honest, I don’t think you’re going to find a hymn that suits your needs.  All hymns are going to be evangelistic, it’s kind of the point.  I really like Make Me a Channel of Your Peace and think it’s less evangelistic than Amazing Grace (which actually makes me think of funerals)–I think it’s just kind of about being a good person, but it’s up to you and your taste.

My Fiance is atheist (well, really agnostic…he uses atheist to get Fundamentalist Christians to shudder) and we’re getting married in the Catholic church.  He’s letting me pick out everything because he knows that being in a church does not afford much leeway to what we may want otherwise.  I say, just pick a tune that sounds pretty and go with it. 

Post # 16
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

well… you could always ask opinions of the priest or other member of the church – if they have a wedding planner or something.  Well. bachabells canon is good (no words), Amazing Grace, Joyful Joyful we are Joyful, Morning has Broken.  Of course – what about not having any signing – just music?  You can always choose not to sing.

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