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Celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage

More than just the personal statement of your commitment of love to each other, the Marriage Rites celebrate the sacramental and communal foundation of your relationship. You speak your vows not only to one another, but to the Creator whose Incarnate love is the model of relationship for all Creation, to the community of the Church, and to those loved ones you'll see gathered on your special day. Just as importantly, your statement is also a witness to those countless believers throughout time and throughout the world, one with you in spirit, connected to you in the Body of Christ who affirm your pledge and who in turn promise their commitment to support you on your journey of faith.

With this in mind, it's natural that the music chosen would celebrate this uniquely personal, yet fundamentally communal and Sacramental, experience. The following outline offers suggestions for a blend of contemporary and traditional music reflecting this sacramental, personal and communal experience.

The simplicity or complexity of the musical accompaniment/ instrumentation  is, of course, up to the bride and groom. The parish has an assortment of musicians who can be engaged to facilitate the music and the prayer of all who come to celebrate the joy of this day using everything from keyboard and guitar to horns, woodwinds and percussion. It is ideal when the very pastoral musicians who minister at the parish and who are known to the congregation are called on to provide musical leadership and accompaniment for this event which is not only a “family and friends” experience, but a parish community celebration as well.

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring      Bach                    Instrumental
Ode to Joy                               Beethoven           Instrumental
Song of Peace                          Sibelius               Instrumental
Simple Gifts                             Shaker Tune         Instrumental
This Is the Day The Lord Has Made                   

Bridesmaids/ Processions  
Trumpet Voluntary                            Clarke 
Air on the G String                             Bach                     
Canon in D                                         Pachelbel
Jesu, Joy of Man' s Desiring              Bach     
This Is the Day The Lord Has Made ..Haugen                               
Morning Has Broken                          Traditional                     
Wedding Song                                   Stookey                                                                        
Gather Us In                        Song of the Body of Christ               
Sing A New Church .. .. .. ..Womb of Life
We Are God's People           What Is This Place?                           
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling                     
All Creatures of Our God and King                                 
We Gather Together                                                                           
All Are Welcome 
For the Beauty of the Earth             

Responsorial Psalm          
Psalm 33  (The Earth Is Full-- Haugen          
Psalm 34 (Taste and See—Moore/Hurd)                      
Psalm 103 (The Lord Is Kind--Haugen)            
Psalm 128 (Blest Are Those---Haugen)
Psalm 145 (I Will Praise Your Name--Haas) 

Mass of Creation         Celtic Alleluia               Easter Alleluia
Hughes                        Gregorian                     Mass of Light      

Nuptial Vows/Rings          
One Hand, One Heart       Servant Song     Where Love Is Found
I Have Loved  You             When Love Is Found 

Preparation of the
Eucharistic Gifts               
Servant Song                     When Love Is Found         
We Walk by Faith               Where Charity and Love Prevail     
Here I Am, Lord                 Come to Us, Creative Spirit
I Have Loved  You             The Living God My Shepherd Is     
No Greater Love                There Is A Longing
Ubl Caritas                         Simple Gifts
Where Love Is Found         Where Your Treasure Is
No Greater Love                 

Mass of Light                  Mass of Creation    Heritage Mass
Community Mass             Gregorian                Mass of Hope

One Bread, One Body      Eat This  Bread
Taste and See                 You Satisfy the Hungry Heart
I Am the Bread of Life     Take and Eat
Restless Is the Heart        Ubi Caritas

Post Communion
Reflective Pieces          
Ave Verum Corpus          Adoro Te Devote
Panis Angelicus               I Received the Living God

Veneration at
Marian Altar
O Sanctissima                Sancta Maria  
Sing of Mary                   Hail Holy Queen            Ave Maria

Water Music (Handel)                       I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Joyful, Joyful We Adore You            Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Now Thank We All Our God               In Christ There Is No East or West  
Sing A New Song to the Lord            Glory and Praise
How Can I Keep From Singing?           City of God          
For the Beauty of the Earth              We Are Called
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke/Handel)
This Is the Day The Lord Has Made ---Vocal/Instrumental

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More than just the personal statement of your commitment of love to each other, the Marriage Rites celebrate the sacramental and communal foundation of your relationship.