Liturgical Music for Weddings


Some Wedding Music Suggestions:

Processional Marches:

Trumpet Voluntary      Henry Purcell
Trumpet Tune in D Major    David Johnson
Te Deum    Marc Charpentier
Procession Alegre   Gary Cornell
Trumpet Tune and March     Henry Purcell
Canon in D   Johann Pachelbel
Musique Royale   Richard Delalande

Nuptial Mass – Major Propers


Opening Hymns:

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You
Praise to the Lord, the Almight
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
God Is Love (Text: Timothy Rees, Tune: Hymn to Joy)

God of Love and Joy and Laughter  (can be sung to Ode To Joy)

1. God of love and joy and laughter,
Calling us to fruitful days.
May we be the echoes after
Church and people sing your praise.
Your  love calls our love to being,
Grows, surrounds, up-builds and holds,
Clears our eyes for keenly seeing
All the world your love enfolds.
2. When we join in celebration,
Grateful for abundant gifts,
Send again that revelation
Of your grace that heals all rifts.
Grant us love that’s deeper, stronger,
As the days turn into years,
Wisdom fuller, patience longer
Faith and hope through joy and tears.

3. Now we ask your benediction—
Blessing, challenge, all in one.
Calm our stress, but use its friction
That, through us, your will be done.
Keep our hope as fresh as morning.
Keep our zeal warm as the sun.
Keep our joy, as spring aborning
Cheers the hearts of everyone.

Text:  87 87 D; Jane Parker Huber from A Singing Faith ©1987 The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, PA

Let’s Praise The Creator (can be sung to Kremser)
Let’s praise the Creator who gave us each other
In friendship and kinship to celebrate life,
Let’s sing our delight in this man and this woman,
The promise of joy as a husband and wife.

The love that we wish them, the love that we pray for
Is stronger than storms and more gentle than breath,
Endures every trouble, is selfless and faithful,
More precious than life and more lasting than death.

In vows that are honored, in kissing and blessing
May happiness shine like the gold of a ring,
In passionate joy and compassionate caring
May theirs be the gifts that true loving can bring.

Text: 12 11 12 11;  Shirley Erena Murray;  ©1992 Hope Publishing Co.

Hear Us Now, Our God and Father   (can be sung to Hyfrodol)

Hear us now, our God and Father,
Send your Spirit from above
On this Christian man and woman
Who here make their vows of love!
Bind their hearts in true devotion
Endless as the seashore’s sands,
Boundless as the deepest oceans,
Blest and sealed by your own hands. 
Give them joy to lighten sorrow!
Give them hope to brighten life!
Go with them to face the morrow,
Stay with them in ev’ry strife.
As your Word has promised, ever
Fill them with your strength and grace
So that each may serve the other
Till they see you face to face.

May the grace of Christ, our Savior,
And the Father’s boundless love,
With the Holy Spirit’s favor
Rest upon them from above.
Thus may they abide in union
With each other and the Lord,
And possess in sweet communion
Joys which earth cannot afford.

Text: 87 87 D; Vss 1 & 2 Harry N Huxhold, ©1978, Lutheran Book of Worship. All rights reserved.   Used with permission of Augsburg Fortress. Vs. 3 John Newton, 1725-1807, alt

God, Who Created Hearts To Love  (can be sung to Lasst Uns Erfreuen)

God, who created hearts to love,
Show’ring all blessings from above,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Give these who come to you with praise,
Peace, love and laughter all their days.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Jesus at Cana gave a sign,
Turning the water into wine:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Sign that continues as he said—
Love, living, risen from the dead.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Spirit of God, be at their side:
Wisdom and comfort, guardian, guide.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Make of their hearts a resting place;
In ev’ry trial, gentle grace.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Sing, friends and fam’ly gathered here,
Voices in witness ringing clear;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Here is the mystery begun:
Woman and man becoming one.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Text: LM with alleluias; M.D. Ridge, © 1992, M.D. Ridge. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.
Music: Auserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesänge, Cologne, 1623

At a Wedding Mass the Penitential Act is omitted. The Glória in excélsis (Glory to God in the highest) is said or sung.

Communion Hymns:

Love One Another• James Chepponis
I Have Loved You• J. Michael Joncas
Taste and See• James Moore
Eat This Bread• Jacques Berthier
Gift of Finest Wheat•  Robert Kreutz


Wedding Vocal Solos and Choral Pieces:

Where there is Love   Johann S. Bach
Whither Thou Goest   Flor Peeters   (The Wedding Song)
Whither Thou Goest   Heinrich Schutz
Ave Maria   Franz Schubert
Ave Maria   Bach-Gounod
Thy Perfect Love   John Rutter
Servant Song   Richard Gillard
The Gift of Love     arr. Hal Hopson
May Love Be Ours    Michael Joncas   (Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels)
May the Grace of Christ our Savior    Johann S. Bach      (Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring)
Panis Angelicus    Cesar Franck
Laudate Dominum     Wolfgang Mozart
Let the Bright Seraphim    George F. Handel
The Call     Ralph Vaughan Williams  (Come My Way, My Truth, My Love)
Ave Maria   Philip Stopford
The Call   Randall Stroope

Recessional Marches:

Trumpet Tune     Henry Purcell
Hornpipe   George Handel
Ode to Joy   Ludwig van Beethoven
Rondeau   Jean-Joseph Mouret
Trumpet Tune   John Stanley
Psalm 19  Benedetto Marcello