Wedding Music


The Catholic Community of St Lawrence Wedding Guidelines

Appropriate music & musicians

Music is an integral part Catholic worship. The selection of appropriate music and musicians will enhance the joyousness and solemnity of your wedding liturgy. Therefore, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines when considering music for your wedding celebration.

The parish music director is the contracted organist for all weddings and will oversee all music planned and all musicians booked for weddings held at St Lawrence Catholic Church. The parish will provide a cantor to lead the singing at your wedding liturgy and you may request a particular vocalist from our staff of cantors. At your request, additional professional instrumentalists may be booked through the music director. (Instrumentalist fee range: $200.00 – $300.00) Guest singers or instrumentalists (i.e. family members or friends) may be permitted to perform a special selection for the wedding, following a required rehearsal for approval with the music director. Music rehearsals by special request for guest singers or instrumentalists are $100.

All music is to be performed live, on un-amplified instruments appropriate to the liturgy. This may include stringed, brass, or other wind instruments (e.g. violins, trumpets, flutes, or a harp). No pre-recorded music of any kind will be allowed (e.g. backup or accompaniment tapes or CDs). All music selected must be in keeping with the sacred, liturgical nature of the ceremony. Organ music must be selected from the standard classical repertoire of music written for the organ. Vocal texts must be scriptural or Christ-centered. All selections to be performed by guest musicians must be approved by the music director. No secular music, such as selections from movies or Broadway musicals may be performed.

It is important that these standards be upheld so as to avoid any complications before planning music for your wedding. With your consideration of the guidelines above, you will have the utmost cooperation and care of the parish staff, and your wedding liturgy will be performed with the respect and dignity it deserves. Please see the reverse side for a list of approved music for weddings at St Lawrence Church. It is recommended that you familiarize yourselves with this music before meeting with the music director. Search any of the titles from the list on youtube to hear sample recordings. Selections not on this list may be acceptable, as long as it is sacred music and not secular in nature. Please consult with the music director on other possible choices.

Before your Music and Liturgy Consultation

Make sure you have received a copy of Together for Life. This handbook guides you through each step of planning your wedding liturgy in detail and assists you with selecting your scripture readings. Please come prepared to your consultation with the handbook, the selection sheet found in the back cover, this copy of the music guidelines, and one of the following music worksheets provided below, along with a list of any questions or concerns you may have about the liturgy. You may also submit your Together for Life selections online here.

Approved Standard Music Selections

Instrumental, Prelude & Meditation:

  • Air, from Suite No. 3 in D – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Arioso – George Frideric Handel
  • Arioso, from Cantata No.156 – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Calm As the Night – Karl Bohm
  • Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Largo, from Xerxes – George Frideric Handel
  • Meditation from Thais – Jules Massenet
  • Sheep May Safely Graze – Johann Sebastian Bach

Processionals, Recessionals & Postludes:

  • Hornpipe, from Water Music – George Frideric Handel
  • La Rejoissance (The Rejoicing) – George Frideric Handel
  • Ode to Joy – Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Rondeau – Jean Joseph Mouret
  • Te Deum – Marc Antoine Charpentier
  • Trumpet Tune – Charles Callahan
  • Trumpet Tune Duet – Jeremiah Clarke
  • Trumpet Tune in C – Henry Purcell
  • Trumpet Tune in D – David Johnson
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Henry Purcell / Jeremiah Clarke
  • Trumpet Voluntary – John Stanley
  • Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner
  • Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn

Vocal Music:

  • Ave Maria – Franz Schubert
  • Ave Maria – Johann Sebastian Bach / Charles Gounod
  • Ave Verum Corpus – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Gaelic Blessing – John Rutter
  • Irish Blessing – Bob Chilcott
  • Panis Angelicus – Cesar Franck
  • Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts – Steven Warner
  • The Gift of Love – Hal Hopson
  • The Lord Bless You and Keep You – John Rutter
  • We Come to Your Feast – Michael Joncas
  • We Gather in Love – John Angotti
  • We Have Been Told – David Haas
  • With Great Love – Chris de Silva
  • Where There Is Love – David Haas
  • Wherever You Go – David Haas

Responsorial Psalms:

  • Psalm 33: Blessed Are We – Jeanne Cotter
  • Psalm 33: The Earth is Full – Jeanne Cotter
  • Psalm 34: Taste and See – Marty Haugen
  • Psalm 34: Taste and See – James Moore
  • Psalm 96: The Marvels of God – Paul Tate
  • Psalm 98: All the Ends of the Earth – David Haas
  • Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful – Jeanne Cotter
  • Psalm 103: The Lord is Kind and Merciful – Marty Haugen
  • Psalm 112: God’s Command – David Haas
  • Psalm 118: This Day Was Made – Christopher Walker
  • Psalm 128: Blest Are Those Who Love You – Marty Haugen
  • Psalm 128: Happy Are They – David Haas
  • Psalm 145: Our God is Compassion – Jeanne Cotter
  • Psalm 145: I Will Praise Your Name – David Haas
  • Psalm 148: Let All Praise the Name – Jeanne Cotter

Please print these guidelines and one of the following check lists to assist you in making your music selections.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office.

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