Our experience suggests that it is best to choose one piece of music for the whole (W) procession (including the entrance of the clergy, bridal attendants, and the bride). Our center aisle is relatively short, and the desired dramatic effect of the bride entering is best served when the music suggests the culmination of a single procession rather than separate events. However, some couples desire two pieces of music here—the first one (1) for the bridesmaids (and other attendants), and the second one (2) for the bride (or bride and groom). Selections below are labeled W, 1, or 2 to indicated their appropriate uses. Selections labeled "♦" work with either organ alone, or with the addition of a trumpet player if hired.
W 1 Canon in D (Johann Pachelbel)
W 1 Chaconne in F (Johann Kaspar Ferdinand Fischer)
W 1 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Johann Sebastian Bach)
W 1 2 Prelude to the Te Deum (Marc-Antoine Charpentier) ♦
W 1 2 Rigaudon (André Campra)
W 1 2 Trumpet Tune in D (David N. Johnson) ♦
W 1 2 Trumpet Tune in D (Henry Purcell) ♦
W 1 2 Trumpet Voluntary in D (Jeremiah Clarke) ♦
Singing a congregational hymn or song after the Entrance Procession is optiona, but it is sometimes helpful as a gesture of hospitality, especially if the congregation is made up of people from different Christian traditions. A well-chosen hymn of praise common to several traditions can help to bind this momentary community of Christians together in its purpose of worshipping God and witnessing the making of your marriage covenant.
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You (Hymnal No. 309) / text
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Hymnal No. 352) / text
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Hymnal No. 305) / text
A responsorial psalm is sung by the cantor after the First Reading, with the people making a brief response. You will find the options for this psalm in the "C" section of the book, Together for Life. Please indicate your choice on the Selection Form and we will find an appropriate musical setting.
The Alleluia and Verse are sung before the Gospel reading by the cantor and the congregation. Options for the Verse are likewise given in Together for Life in the "E" section. Please indicate your choice of texts on the Selection Form.
It is sometimes possible to include a hymn or song after the Homily, before the Marriage Rite begins (see Service Outline). This option requires the approval of the presiding priest or deacon. If such a song is allowed, it must amplify the Word of God proclaimed in the readings and homily and/or bring focus to the sacramental action that is about to take place in the liturgy. Among the possibilities for a such a song are:
The Call (Vaughan Williams) / vocal solo
The Gift of Love (Hopson) / vocal solo (or choral)
May Love Be Ours (Joncas, Hymnal No. 354) / cantor & congregation
Servant Song (Gillard) / vocal solo (or congregational hymn)
The Postlude is the music played while you are leaving the church at the end of the wedding liturgy. Selections labeled "♦" work with either organ alone, or with the addition of a trumpet player if hired.
Allegro maestoso from "Water Music" (George Frideric Handel) ♦
Concerto in G (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Come, Holy Spirit, Lord God (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Psalm XIX, "The Heavens Declare the Glory of God" (Benedetto Marcello)
Rondeau (Jean Joseph Mouret) ♦
The Rejoicing from "Royal Fireworks Music" (George Frideric Handel)
Trumpet Voluntary (John Stanley) ♦
Trumpet Tune in D (David N. Johnson) ♦
Trumpet Tune in D (Henry Purcell) ♦