A Catholic wedding is a sacred celebration and the appropriate catholic wedding music should be selected. The Christian wedding music selected should enable the guests present to participate in the liturgy.
You should try to select music that is well known, or a least easy to learn so that if they do join in, it will be easy for them to follow. The music should not include any “showy theatrical” pieces.
The best choice of musicians is using the parish organist, cantor and even the choir, they have been involved in many weddings before and this will ensure that on the music side everything should run smoothly.
Note most of the music listed under certain headings is appropriate at more than one occasion in the ceremony.
There are many more songs that can be played at your wedding just consult the celebrant and musicians they should be able to help with further suggestions.
While the guests are assembling, instrumentalists, choir or vocal soloists may perform appropriate music. This introductory music will allow the congregation to gather their thoughts and prepare them for the wedding ceremony. The music that is selected should reflect a prayerful preparation.
The Processional is the ritual entrance of the ministers for the liturgy, and the bridal couple receiving the sacrament of marriage are included in the procession. The entrance music is played to escort them with honor to the sanctuary.
The Responsorial Psalm should be sung. A Cantor sings the verses and the congregation sings the antiphon.
Psalms 33, 34, 103, 111, 112, 121, 122, 128, 138, 145, and 148 can be used. These can be found in your parish hymnals.
The Gospel Acclamation or Alleluia is also sung by a cantor and the congregation.
After the exchange of vows, a song can be sung.
An instrumental song may be played to accompany the preparations of the offertory.
The Holy, Holy, the Memorial Acclamation and the Great Amen are sung. The cantor or the choir should lead the people when these are sung.
The congregation should be lead by the cantor or choir when singing a suitable song which expresses the unity of the Body of Christ while the communion procession takes place.
After communion a song of praise and reflection is sung.
Any of the following Catholic wedding music could be sung or played during the preparations of the gifts, communion reflection and signing of the register.
A festive, joyous piece of music is usually played to accompany the recessional.
You might also like to read our article on Catholic marriage vows. Here you will some examples of wedding vows that could be said in a Catholic wedding ceremony.
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