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Wedding Mass – Format B

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music


  • Now Joined by God (tune – O Herre Gott)
  • Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow (ICEL #166, CBW #622, AH #521, PMB #206, EH #139)
  • Praise to the Lord (WIII #547, ICEL #245, HPSC #284, CH #592, PMB #122, CBW #653, AH #612, CHB #110, SMH #498, EH #279, VII #205)
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

  • Allegro from Symphony IV (C.M. Widor)
  • Bell Symphony (Henry Purcell)
  • Concerto in C (J.S. Bach)
  • Fanfare (Jacques Lemmens)
  • Festal Flourish (Gordon Jacob)
  • Festive Procession from Maestoso (Calvert Shenk)
  • Grand Chorus Dialogue (Eugene Gigout)
  • Intrada (Calvert Shenk) from Maestoso (Calvert Shenk)
  • Poco vivace (Hermann Schroeder)
  • Prelude in E-flat Major / Saint Anne (J.S. Bach)
  • Processional Music for Manuals (Richard Hillert) [Concordia]
  • Solemn Entry from Maestoso (Calvert Shenk)
  • Three Pieces for Chamadron (Michael Starke)
  • Toccata from Symphony No.5 (C.M. Widor)
  • Trumpet Tune (Henry Purcell, David Johnson)

   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)
  • Allein Gott in der Höh sei ehr (J.S. Bach, Johann Pachelbel)
  • Canon in D Major (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Cantilena (Josef Rheinberger)
  • Chaconne for Violin or Flute and Cello and Organ (André Campra / Penkala)
  • Fugue in C Major / Jig (Dieterich Buxtehude)
  • Jubilate Deo omnis terra (Dom Paul Benoit) [Belwin]
  • Pastoral (César Franck)
  • Pastorale in F(J.S. Bach)
  • Prière à Notre Dame (Léon Boëllmann)
  • Sheep May Safely Graze (J.S. Bach)
  • Sinfonia from Cantata No.196 (J.S. Bach)
  • Sonata III (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Trio Sonata I (J.S. Bach)
  • various Preludes and Fugues (J.S. Bach)
  • 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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