Music Recommendations for Catholic Weddings

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Jun 08 2014

Music Recommendations for Catholic Weddings

To aid couples, many parishes have issued music recommendations for Catholic weddings in their churches, we are including  the recommendations of  Saint Mary Catholic Church to help you.  As I have said before, it is very important to contact your parish music director to understand the policies and rules of your particular church.

Responsorial Psalms

Psalm 128: Blest Are Those Who Love You (M. Haugen)
Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful (J. Cotter)
Psalm 34: Taste and See (M. Haugen)
Psalm 145: I Will Praise Your Name (D. Haas)

Common Songs

Ave Maria (Schubert or Bach-Gounod)
Panis Angelicus (C. Franck)
Taste and See (M. Moore) – #814 in the Gather Hymnal
Not For Tongues of Heaven’s Angels (T. Dudley-Smith, M. Joncas)
Covenant Hymn (R. Cooney, G. Daigle)
Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts (S. Warner)
We Have Been Told (D. Haas)
The Servant Song (R. Gillard)l
When Love is Found (B. Wren)
Ubi Caritas (Several versions: chant, J. Bertheir, B. Hurd, L. Rosania)

Instrumental Selections (for entrance and recessional processions)

Canon in D (J. Pachelbel)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (J. S. Bach)
Air on the G String (J. S. Bach)
Air (G. F. Handel)
Hornpipe (G. F. Handel)
Hymn (Vangelis)
Trumpet Tune (H. Purcell / J. Clarke)
Trumpet Voluntary (J. Clarke)
Rondeau (J. J. Mouret)
Ode to Joy (L. Beethoven)
Bridal Chorus (R. Wagner)
Wedding March (F. Mendelssohn)

Eucharistic Songs (particularly appropriate for Communion)

Eat This Bread (J. Berthier)
Gift of Finest Wheat (O. Westendorf)
One Bread, One Body (J. Foley)
Taste and See (J. Moore)

Traditional Songs

Now Thank We All Our God (traditional)
Love Divine All Loves Excelling (traditional)
For the Beauty of the Earth (traditional)

I also encourage you to read our article on the typical Catholic wedding program to understand how to proceed the wedding liturgy process and the songs that may be used during each part.

Saint Vincent Catholic Church has also some additional wedding song recommendations that I would encourage you to take a look at.

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