Post # 1
So I sort of dropped the ball on the ceremony music thing. We’re having a Catholic ceremony not in a church, so an organist is not an option. We hired a piano player for the ceremony who can also mike up the priest and such. We must play Catholic music for the ceremony, nothing secular.
I am COMPLETELY clueless. What music do we play for the processional, recessional, etc.? The pianist said he can play pretty much everything but we have to give him a list soon. Suggestions/help please! Thanks.
Post # 3
What about a website like this?
Pretty straight up if you want the traditional stuff
Post # 4
@EJS: Thanks! Blocked at work, but I’ll have to check it out later.
Post # 5
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
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
Post # 6
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.
Post # 7
I recommend “How Beautiful”. It’s sung by Twila Paris (for googling purposes). It’s the perfect communion song for a wedding!
Post # 8
Thanks all! We are not doing a full mass, so no communion or anything. And we do have our responsorial psalm already picked out.
Post # 9
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
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
Mothers/Grandparents walked to Ave Maria
Wedding party to Canon in D
I walked to Bridal Chorus
Recessional was Westminster Abbey
Post # 13
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.