(Closed) On Eagle’s Wings

posted 9 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

It’s a funeral hymn alright.  Here’s the refrain:

 And he will raise you up on eagles wings

bear you on the breath of dawn

make you to shine like the sun

and hold you in the palm of His hand.



I’d veer away from this one.  Also usually makes a lot of people cry.  Beautiful song in the correct setting.

Post # 4
22 posts

I am catholic (although my Fiance is not and we are still making our own ceremony decision!), and I can say that while "On Eagle’s Wings" is a very lovely hymn, it is definitely a funeral song.  I have heard this song at least five funerals I have attended.  Can’t say for others, but if I heard this at a wedding I would think it was very strange. 

Post # 5
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Gorgeous song, but definitely for funerals.  My mother cries hysterically every time it is played, not good for a wedding! 🙂

Post # 7
24 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

Congrats on your engagement! : ) 

Hmmm… my favorite Catholic hymns are typically associated with different parts of the mass, like "One Bread, One Body" or "Gather Us In", so that probably won’t work for for you all.

What about "Be Not Afraid" – don’t worry – it sounds like something funny to sing at a wedding, but it’s a very well-known and popular song, and it’s beautiful.

Good luck!

Post # 8
24 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

You’ve jogged my memory… I’ve thought of a few more great hymns that I love

1) Here I Am Lord (a very Catholic song)… contemporary… very pretty

2) Let there be Peace on Earth… probably really nice for a wedding

3) City of God

All of these are (I think) very recognizable Catholic songs (at least, I have heard them many times in many Catholic masses in Catholic churches across the U.S.). So they’d all probably work, just depends on finding one you like. Be Not Afraid and Here I Am Lord are my favorites.

Post # 9
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We used Where There is Love by Haas, Blest Are They by Haas, Ave Maria by Schubert, The Greatest Gift by Marchindo (you can find this on youtube), and Here I am Lord by Schutte. We had our wedding in a church and all music was played on an organ with a soloist.  I am sure the songs would be as pretty played by strings.  You can also play Let There Be Peace on Earth, A Gaelic Blessing by John Rutter, How Great Thou Art, You Are Mine, or the Prayer of St. Francis.  I hope this helps.

Post # 10
127 posts
Blushing bee

If you are only doing one song, maybe do something more original than Ave Maria. It gets used a lot. I cannot tell you the amount of people who think they can do that song justice but end up falling flat.

Post # 11
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I actually have heard On Eagle’s Wings at a wedding, but also at pretty much every funeral I’ve ever attended, including my father’s and my brother’s. Definitely wouldn’t want it for my wedding!

We’re going with older hymns, ourselves.

Processional: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Offertory: Lord of all Power

Communion: (1) For the Beauty of the Earth  (2) Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Signing Register: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Recessional: Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (tune is Ode to Joy)

Post # 12
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Haha … Fiance said something about On Eagles Wings and I totally was put off because to me, it is a funeral hymn. Also (in response to a previous suggestion) Here I am Lord is also VERY common at funerals as well.

I’d say "I Have Loved You – You Are Mine" is good. You may also want to consider "Because the Lord is my Shepard" or "Sing A New Song"

Post # 13
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I was raised Catholic and "On Eagle’s Wings" was my favorite song as a kid.  I remember singing it at regular masses all the time.  Of course, I can see why it would be a good funeral song as well. 

I second GaBGal’s choices, but would also like to add the Prayer of St. Francis.  There are several versions, but the basic lyrics can be found here:


Post # 14
1508 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Eagle’s Wings — Funeral song.  My church used to play it a lot in regular masses, but more recently it seems to be used in funeral masses. You’ve goten some really good suggestions from the other posters.

Post # 15
173 posts
Blushing bee

Yes – although it’s one of my favorite hymns, it makes me cry everytime I hear it.  We have had it played at regular masses as well, but it is mainly used for funerals.  Very nice suggestions here – I second Prayer of St. Francis.  🙂

Post # 16
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

In these posts I see three songs that I will always and forever associate with funerals: Here I am Lord, Be Not Afraid and On Eagle’s Wings – it’s like I’ve heard them at almost every funeral I’ve ever been to and they bring tears to my eyes!

One song I would suggest is "When Love is Found" – pretty tune, lovely lyrics – very nice for a wedding.

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