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Wedding Mass – Format C

Liturgical Music

Official texts

Other liturgical music

  • Agnus Dei from Mass of the Holy Spirit (Rev. Lucien Deiss) [World Library Publications]
  • Alleluia in C (Howard Hughes, SM) [GIA Publications]
  • Book of Sung Gospels – 4th Edition (ed. Gary Penkala)
  • Gospel Acclamation for Ordinary Time (Gary Penkala)
  • Like Olive Branches (Rev. Lucien Deiss) [World Library Publications]
  • Psalm 33 (J. Robert Caroll) [GIA Publications]
  • Psalm 34 (Robert Kreutz) [Liturgical Press]
  • Psalm 34 (Gary Penkala)
  • Psalm 103 (Robert Kreutz) [Liturgical Press]
  • Psalm 145 (Robert Kreutz, Fintan O'Carroll) [Liturgical Press]
  • Serve God in Love (Gary Penkala)


  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (CH #581, HPSC #203, WIII #525, SMH #386, EH #281, VII #224)
  • Now Thank We All Our God (CBW #674, PMB #30, WIII #560, ICEL #235, HPSC #231, CBW #674, PMB #130, AH #607, CH #570, CHB #246, SMH #428, EH #276, VII #221)
  • O God, Our Help in Ages Past (HPSC #241, WIII #579, ICEL #237, CBW #640, CH #457, PMB #128, HH #169, AH #624, CHB #249, SMH #446, EH #289, VII #203)
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

  • Carillon de Westminster (Louis Vierne)
  • Con moto maestoso from Sontata III (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Entrée from Maestoso (Calvert Shenk)
  • Festival Voluntary (Flor Peeters)
  • Finale from Symphony No.1 (Louis Vierne)
  • Ingressio from Festive Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Intrada from Maestoso (Calvert Shenk)
  • Joyful Procession from Festive Processionals (Calvert Shenk)
  • Now Thank We All Our God (Sigfrid Karg-Elert)
  • Prelude to a Te Deum (M.A. Charpentier)
  • Psalm XIX (Bendetto Marcello)
  • Rigaudon (André Campra)
  • Rondeau (Jean Mouret)
  • The Rejoicing (G.F. Handel)
  • Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)

   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 –

  • Arioso (J.S. Bach)
  • Canon in D (Johann Pachelbel)
  • Chaconne for Violin or Flute and Cello and Organ (André Campra / Penkala)
  • Fugue in g minor (J.S. Bach)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach)
  • Kommst du nun / Lobe den Herren (J.S. Bach)
  • Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus (Buszin) [Concordia]
  • Organ Masses (François Couperin)
  • Partita on O Gott du frommer Gott (J.S. Bach)
  • Prelude (César Franck)
  • Prelude, Fugue and Variation (César Franck)
  • Prelude on Rhosymedre (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • Sheep May Safely Graze (J.S. Bach)
  • Sonata VI (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Suite du deuxième ton (L.N. Clerambault)
  • Voluntary (John Stanley, William Boyce)
  • Trumpet Voluntary (John Stanley)
  • Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (J.S. Bach)

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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