Music for the Wedding

Music Guidelines
Music for the wedding should be planned jointly by the couple utilizing the enclosed CD and planning form, in consultation with the music staff. Keep in mind that the Sacrament of Marriage is a liturgical celebration. Therefore, one of the basic principles that should underlie your selection of music is whether the music is indeed liturgical.
Popular songs and secular music are not appropriate at any time during the sacramental rites. (They may be appropriately performed at your wedding reception.) The function of liturgical music is ministerial. It should assist the assembled believers to express and share the faith that is within them and to nourish and strengthen their interior commitment of faith.

Director of Music: David Kimock, 215-968-2262, ext. 16
The Director of Music is entrusted with the responsibility of determining the suitability of musical selections within the context of the Roman Catholic wedding liturgy, and must approve all music and musicians chosen for the ceremony. The music director also bears the essential responsibility of ensuring proper performance and timing of the various musical portions of the wedding liturgy. Please contact the music director as soon as possible to make arrangements at least three months before your wedding.

A cantor is required for all wedding liturgies and only experienced Saint Andrew cantors are permitted to serve in this capacity. This helps to avoid disappointment to the couple and their families since it ensures a desirable continuity with the church’s regular worship life, and protects the parish’s mission in terms of high quality liturgy. It also helps guarantee that the service will go smoothly because presider, cantor, organist and instrumentalists are accustomed to working with each other as well as with the specific acoustical demands of the liturgical space. If you are unsure of who you would like to sing for your wedding, the Organist or Music Director can make recommendations to you.

Instrumentalists (trumpet, violin, flute, harp, trio, quartet, ect.) may be used upon approval of, and arrangement with, the music office. Due to musical and liturgical requirements, only experienced Saint Andrew instrumentalists may play for weddings at Saint Andrew. If individual instrumentalists are desired, the music staff will will recommend musicians to you, but their services must be secured by you. Instrumental trios, quartets, or other ensembles are contracted independently of Saint Andrew Church, and each ensemble likewise sets its fees independently. Names and contact information for approved music ensemble contractors are available from the Director of Music.

Please click on specific music to hear selection.

1. Seating of Parents / Grandparents – If you would like a particular piece of music for the seating of the parents, please choose one of the selections below, or leave blank if you have no preference.
___ Canon – Johann Pachelbel
___ Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach
___ Arioso – J.S. Bach
___ Air from Water Music – G.F. Handel

2. Entrance of the Bridal Party - usually the music for this is soft and "meditative."
___ Canon – Johann Pachelbel
___ Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach
___ Arioso – J.S. Bach
___ Air from Water Music – G.F. Handel

3. Entrance of the Bride - this is usually music that is grand and stately. Common choices are:
___ Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
___ Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell
___ Festive Trumpet Tune - David German
___ Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 – L.V. Beethoven
___ Processional in C – H. Hopson

The Gloria will be sung during a full Mass. The setting is chosen by the musicians.

4. Responsorial Psalm - this comes after the first reading, and by tradition, is always sung. Please select one of the following:
___ May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives (Psalm 128) - Owen Alstott
___ The Lord is kind and merciful (Psalm 103) - M. Guimont
___ I will praise your name forever, my king and my God (Psalm 145) - Caroll / Guimont

The Gospel Acclamation (Alleluia) is sung prior to the Gospel. The setting is chosen by the musicians.

5. Preparation of the Gifts - this is when the gifts of bread and wine are presented after the vows are made.
Please select one: (Leave blank if you are not having a Mass.)
___ Love One Another - James Chepponis
___ God Who Created Hearts To Love - Traditional Hymn
___ Love Divine, All Loves Excelling - Traditional Hymn
___ Lord of All Hopefulness - Traditional Hymn
___ God in the Planning - Traditional Hymn

6. Communion - any Eucharistic hymn would be appropriate here.
Please choose one: (Leave blank if you are not having a Mass.)
___ Ubi caritas (Where there is God, there is love) - Bob Hurd
___ Gift of Finest Wheat - Robert Kreutz
___ Take and Eat - Michael Joncas
___ Taste and See – James Moore
___ Panis Angelicus – César Franck

7. Presentation to the Blessed Virgin Mary (optional)
___Yes, we are doing this. ___No, we’re not doing this.
Any Marian hymn setting would be appropriate here. Traditionally, the “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert is sung at this point.

8. Recessional - this is your processional march out of church and is usually a joyous of musical expressions.
Please indicate one selection. If you already chose one of the pieces for your Processional at the beginning of the wedding liturgy, you’ll need to choose a different piece here for the end of the liturgy.
___ Trumpet Tune (from Jubilation Suite) - Gordon Young
___ Hornpipe (from the Water Music Suite) – G.F. Handel
Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9– L.V. Beethoven
___ Processional in C – H. Hopson

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