Post # 1
I’m not Catholic, but my Fiance is. We’re not having our wedding ceremony in the Catholic church (oh boy was that a heated decision)… I wanted to honor his religion by having the strings play some of his favourite Catholic hymns. His favorite is "On Eagle’s Wings" but I heard someone say that’s a funeral hymn! Ahh.. its a beautiful hymn and I never would have thought it was a funeral song.
Could we still use this song, or would our Catholic guests laugh & think it’s odd? Any suggestions on other pretty Catholic hymns?
Post # 3
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
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
Gorgeous song, but definitely for funerals. My mother cries hysterically every time it is played, not good for a wedding! 🙂
Post # 6
lol crap. Sorry Fiance… I tried 🙁
Probably not a good idea because there’s also been a lot of funerals in his Catholic family over the past 3 years. Thanks for the input bee’s
Post # 7
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.
Post # 8
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.