(Closed) Music and Catholicism

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
83 posts
Worker bee

Here’s our music breakdown for our ceremony with full mass:

Before mass: we are having 1 or 2 songs played while people come in and find their seats

Processional: we have one song for the bridal party and one song for the bride’s entrance

Responsorial Psalm



Sign of Peace – We are having music here because we are presenting out mothers with flowers.



We are not having a unity candle or the presentation of flowers to Mary, but typically music is played at that time as well. Does the church you are getting married in have a music director? We aren’t having our music director play at our wedding, but it was offered to us to use her for ideas and direction for the musical parts of the ceremony.

Post # 6
83 posts
Worker bee

When everyone is doing the sign of peace, the bride and groom go to each of the mothers and present her with a flower (and usually a hug). It’s pretty nice when I’ve seen it done. It’s not expensive to do either, but is usually touching.

Post # 7
529 posts
Busy bee

I had a friend who offered to do the music for another friend’s wedding. The bride bought/copied all the sheet music and put it in a binder with each piece clearly labeled so it could be pulled out. She also included some “filler” music – you know, for the Eucharistic liturgy if things are taking too long, etc. I don’t know whether this was overkill but everything went off well. You might want to consider when the musician will receive communion and make this clear to the priest or Eucharistic ministers – some people don’t like a sudden pause in the music.

Post # 8
83 posts
Worker bee

Also, PM if you want some specific suggestions. I found a couple websites when I was researching and have selected the music for my wedding already, so I could go into more detail then if you are looking for it.

Post # 9
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Music before

Processional for bridal party

Optional additional song for you to walk down to

Liturgy of the Word begins.  Optional Parts of Mass that can be sung:

The Kyrie (Lord have Mercy)

You can request the priest to chant the prayers of the liturgy of the word.

There is no Gloria as the Gloria is only for Sunday Liturgies

You do not have to have the Responsorial Psalm Sung.  It can be chanted or spoken.

Then after the Homily you’ll come up for your vows

You can have music for after your vows and for bringing up the offetory if you so choose to bring it up.

After the consecration stuff like “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again” can be sung.  The Sanctus can be sung (Holy, Holy, Holy Lord).  The Pater Noster can be chanted (Our Father).  The Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) can be sung.

For communion I recommend having just a musical interlude without singing. 

And then a Recessional peice and if you’re having a receiving line, you’ll need another piece of music as it’ll take forever for everyone to leave the chapel.

If you want limited music and a shorter Mass, than I’d say:

Music before Mass


Have someone read the responsorial psalm

Music when you go back to your pews after your vows

Music for communion

and Recessional.

Post # 10
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Oh I forgot the Alleluia.  That is optional as well.  It can be spoken, chanted or sung.

My sister and I did not give flowers to the Blessed Virgin nor did we have a Unity Candle.

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