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The processional music accompanies the entrance of the presider, any liturgical ministers such as readers or servers, the wedding party, and the bride and groom. One processional song may be more desirable than separate songs for the wedding party, the groom and the bride. If you desire more than one processional song, your parish music director can assist you with choosing a successful combination of pieces. Prior to the processional, prelude music may be played as the guests are being seated.
At the end of the liturgy, music accompanies the exit of the newly married couple, the wedding party, the liturgical ministers, and the guests.
Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke*
Hornpipe (Allegro Maestoso) by George Friederich Handel
Prelude to a Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Rondeau by Jean Joseph Mouret
Rigaudon by Andre Campra
Jesu, Joy by Johann Sebastian Bach
THAXTED by Gustav Holst
Kanon in D by Johann Pachelbel
Trumpet Voluntary by John Stanley
Trumpet Tune by Jeremiah Clarke*
Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven
Saint Anthony Chorale by Attributed to Joseph Haydn
* The composer is erroneously identified as Jeremiah Clarke on the recording. The composer is Henry Purcell.
Couples may choose to select an opening hymn or other song after the procession has reached the front of the church. While not required, it is especially appropriate in situations when families come from two different Christian denominations; a hymn sung by all can be a unifying moment for the assembly.
Joyful, Joyful We Adore You
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
For the Beauty of the Earth
Praise to the Lord
All Creatures of Our God and King
Love Is the Sunlight
All People That on Earth Do Dwell
When Love Is Found
Bridegroom and Bride
Following the first reading, a psalm is sung by the cantor and the assembly. The cantor sings the verses of the psalm, and the assembly responds with a simple refrain. It is important that this text be a psalm; a solo or other sacred song may not be used.
Psalm 33 The Earth Is Full of the Goodness of God by J. Robert Carroll
Psalm 33 The Earth Is Full of the Goodness of God by Marty Haugen
Psalm 34 Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord by Marty Haugen
Psalm 34 Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord by Michel Guimont
Psalm 103 The Lord is Kind and Merciful by Marty Haugen
Psalm 103 The Lord is Kind and Merciful by David Haas
Psalm 128 Blest are Those by Marty Haugen - Additional refrain: May the Lord Bless Us
Psalm 128 May the Lord Bless Us by Joseph Gelineau - Additional refrain: 0 Happy Are Those
Before the reading of the gospel, an alleluia is sung by the cantor and assembly.
Celtic Alleluia by Fintan O'Carroll
Chant Alleluia – Traditional chant melody
Alleluia from Mass of Light by David Haas
If you are celebrating a wedding mass, the Holy, Holy; Memorial Acclamation; Amen and Lamb of God will be sung by the congregation. A cantor can assist the congregation in singing their parts. Additional instruments may also be used to augment the piano or organ.
Mass of Creation by Marty Haugen
Holy, Holy Christ Has Died
Community Mass by Richard Proulx
People's Mass by Jan Vermulst
Lamb of God from Mass of Creation by Marty Haugen
Lamb of God from Holy Cross Mass by David Clark Isele
If you are celebrating a wedding mass, a communion processional may be sung by the cantor and congregation as the congregation comes forward to receive communion.
Eat This Bread by Jacques Berthier
Taste and See by James Moore
You Satisfy the Hungry Heart by Robert Kreutz
The following pieces are just a small sampling of other selections that can be incorporated in your wedding liturgy.
A Nuptial Blessing by Michael Joncas
The Gift of Love by Hal Hopson
May Love Be Ours, Lord by Michael Joncas
Wedding Hymn by George Friederich Handel
Unity Candle Song by Raymond Haan
Ave Maria by Franz Schubert
Ave Maria by Bach/ Gounod
Wedding Song by Heinrich Schutz
God Is Love by David Haas
Covenant Hymn by Gary Daigle
Love One Another by James Chepponis
Ubi Caritas by Jacques Berthier