(Closed) Totally clueless about Catholic ceremony music — please help me!

posted 11 years ago in Music
Post # 5
3 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

This is what we are using for our Catholic Mass in a Church….

Mothers: Ave Maria…….Schubert

Bridal Party: Canon in D……Pachelbel

Bride: Trumpet Voluntary……Clarke

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 128: Blest Are Those Who Love You……..Haugen

Celtic Alleluia

Unity Candle: Bridal Prayer…….Copeland

Offertory: Pray of St. Francis

Communion:  One Bread One Body & I Am the Bread of Life

Recessional: Hornpipe from Water Music…….Handel


Good luck!!

Post # 6
1580 posts
Bumble bee

common processional songs: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Canon in D; and Trumpet Voluntary in D.

Some people also do a gathering hymn, but we aren’t and I assuming you are not having a full mass, so I don’t know if you’re interested in that either.

There are some standard wedding options for the responsorial psalm, but you can ask your priest what he would accept. common ones are “I will always thank the lord”, and “The lord is kind and merciful”. You don’t have to sing this. You could do it without music and just say it.

Alleluia probably can be any arrangement. I think we are doing the Celtic Alleluia.

Some people do a sending forth hymn. I think we are doing Ode to Joy (instrumental). Followed by some classical postlude music.

Other music selections: If you are placing roses at Mary’s feet (Ave Maria), if you are lighting a unity candle, and if you are doing peace.

Good luck!


Post # 7
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I recommend “How Beautiful”.  It’s sung by Twila Paris (for googling purposes).  It’s the perfect communion song for a wedding! 

Post # 9
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I used to play in a rock band at Mass, so we had lots of contemporary stuff with a few traditional things thrown in.  We got a TON of compliments on the song selection.

Prelude: Seek Ye First; Ave Maria, Lord, when you came to the Seashore; Lord, I give you my heart

Precession: Canon in D. I walked up the aisle to “There is none like you.”

Responsorial: Thy Word

Alleluia: Mass of Glory

Offertory: Servant Song

Communion: Now in this banquet

That’s all I can remember off the top of my head. PM me if you want more info.

Post # 10
23 posts

This is also useful for me. I was thinking of using Canon D also but wasn’t sure whether it’s going to be allowed.

Post # 11
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Mothers/Grandparents walked to Ave Maria

Wedding party to Canon in D

I walked to Bridal Chorus

Recessional was Westminster Abbey

Post # 12
46 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

Great info. thanks!

Post # 13
13 posts

Check with your priest about any specific guidelines he may have.  Most will allow classical, non-religious music, but not secular songs.  Some will not allow the traditional processional (Here Comes the Bride) or the Mendelssohn “Wedding March” recessional, since they are from operas and considered secular.  You should be fine with selections such as Canon in D, Jesu, Trumpet Tune, Ave Maria, Ode to Joy, Trumpet Voluntary, or any hymns.

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