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Wedding Mass – Format A

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (ICEL #152, WIII #588, AH #470, CH #454, CHB #242, SMH #409, EH #479, VII #276)
  • O Perfect Love, All Human Thought Transcending (CBW #598, HPSC #257, CHB #252, EH #214)
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (WIII #530, HPSC #279, ICEL #242, CBW #650, PMB #123, AH #611, CHB #258, CH #513, SMH #495, EH #282, VII #216)
AH = The Adoremus Hymnal, Ignatius Press
CBW = Catholic Book of Worship II / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CD = Cantate Domino / Hymnal Supplement, GIA Publications, Inc.
CH = The Collegeville Hymnal, The Liturgical Press
CHB = The Catholic Hymn Book [London Oratory], Gracewing Publishers
EH = The Hymnal 1940 (Episcopal), used by many Anglican Use Roman Catholic parishes
HH = Hymnal of the Hours, GIA Publications, Inc.
HPSC = Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Canticles, out of print but excellent
ICEL = ICEL Resource Collection, GIA Publications, Inc.
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 3rd Edition 2003, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Vocal & Choral Music

Organ Music

Processionals and Recessionals –

   Strong Processionals or Recessionals

  • A Wedding Processional (Gerald Near) [Gray]
  • Allegro vivace (G.F. Handel)
  • Entrée from Maestoso (Calvert Shenk)
  • Fanfare (Jacques Lemmens)
  • Festive Procession from Maestoso (Calvert Shenk)
  • In dir ist Freude (J.S. Bach)
  • Joyful Procession from Festive Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Marche royale (Jean-Baptiste Lully)
  • Praise the Lord with Drums and Cymbals (Sigfrid Karg-Elert)
  • Processional from Maestoso (Calvert Shenk)
  • Processional on Westminster Abbey (Robert Wetzler)
  • Rigaudon (André Campra)
  • Suite gothique (Léon Boëllmann)

   Quiet Processionals

  • Aria in F (G.F. Handel)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach)
  • Saint Anthony Chorale (Johannes Brahms)
  • Solemn Processional (G.F. Handel)

Preludes, Offertories & Communion Music –

  • Air from D Major Suite (J.S. Bach)
  • Allegretto (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Arioso (J.S. Bach)
  • Chaconne for Violin or Flute and Cello and Organ (André Campra / Penkala)
  • Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness (Johannes Brahms)
  • Elevation from Mass for the Convent (François Couperin)
  • Fugue in g minor (J.S. Bach)
  • Herr Jesu Christ dich zu uns wend (J.S. Bach)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach)
  • Liebster Jesu wir sind hier (J.S. Bach)
  • Meine Seele erhebt den Herren (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude, Fugue and Variation (César Franck)
  • Prelude in D Major (J.K.F. Fischer) [Concordia]
  • Prelude on Rhosymedre (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • Prière à Notre Dame (Léon Boëllmann)
  • Sixty Devotional Pieces (Dom Gregory Murray)
  • Vater unser in Himmelreich (Bach, Buxtehude, Boehm, Pachelbel, Walther, Walcha)
  • With High Delight (Charles Ore)

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

The Marriage Ceremony, whether celebrated within Mass or alone, is a divine sacrament of the Church. Music chosen must be appropriate in dignity to the serious yet joyful covenant proclaimed. Any music not worthy to be used during Mass, should never be considered at a wedding. While the couple may rightly be involved in the selection of music for their wedding, they must be led to realize that the Church demands certain standards which must be upheld. Popular music or music of a questionable nature is best saved for the reception.

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