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Music for the Catholic Wedding

Marriage is a sacred union between two people. The Catholic wedding is a sacrament and the music selected should be appropriate for the occasion. While many popular love songs may have a special meaning to the couple, they are better left for the reception.

The music at your wedding has the power to encourage or stifle the participation of the Assembly. The norm in the Roman Catholic Liturgy is participatory music; that is, the majority of music during the Liturgy should be sung by the entire Assembly. A little planning and some thoughtful choices can make your wedding a more meaningful and joyous occasion for everyone present.

Music should be carefully chosen and should be suitable to the religious nature of the celebration. The text or lyric of a song is as important as the quality of the music. Just because a song is "sacred" doesn't mean it is liturgically appropriate at a particular point in the Mass or ceremony.

Below are suggested appropriate music for this sacred occasion. If you are having a mass, you may want to consider music for the congregation to sing.

Prelude Air - Handel

Arioso - Bach

Ave Maria - various composers - Schubert, Gonoud

Canon in D - Pachabel

One Hand, One Heart – L. Bernstein

Laudate Dominum - Mozart

The Gift of Love - arr. Hopson

The Wedding Song - annon.

Processional Allegro Moderato (from Water Music) - Handel

Bridal March - Wagner

Canon in D - Pachabel

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring / Bach

Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke

Trumpet Voluntary – Stanley

Trumpet Tune - Purcell

Gathering - With Congregation Here I Am Lord

Hear Us Now, Our God and Father - Hyfrydol, Roland Prichard

Presentation of Gifts The Wedding Song - annon.

The Gift of Love - arr. Hopson

The Bridal Prayer -Roger Copeland

All I Ask of You - Weston Priory

I Have Loved You - Joncas

Prayer of St. Francis – Sebastian Temple

Servant Song - McGarill

Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts - Warner

The Irish Wedding Song - trad.

The Lord is Kind and Merciful - Haugen

Where There Is Love - David Haas

Wherever You Go - Weston Priory

With This Ring - Copeland

Communion Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring – Bach

Panis Angelicus - Cesar Franck or Sacris Solemnis

One Bread, One Body - Foley

Servant Song - McGarill

Here I Am Lord - Schutte

On Eagles Wings - Joncas

Gift of FInest Wheat - Kreutz

Supper of the Lord - Rosania

Taste and See - Moore

I Have Loved You

Laudate Dominum - Mozart

Recessional Allegro Maestoso (from Water Music) - Handel

City of God - Schutte

Joyful, Joyful We Adore You - Hymn, Beethoven

Ode to Joy - Beethoven

Rondeau - Mouret

Psalm 19 - Benedetto Marcello

Wedding March - Mendlessohn