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* Wedding Date (MM/DD/YY):
*Type of Wedding Liturgy:
Ceremony with Communion
Ceremony without Communion
*Number of Couples in Bridal Party:
*Number of children in procession, if any:
*Groom's First and Last Name:
*Bride's First and Last Name:
* Will the Bride be taking her husband's last name?
If you have an established married address, please list it here:
*What is the first and last name of your Best Man?
*What is the first and last name of your Maid of Honor?
*Presider's First and Last Name:
Presider's Contact Info (email address and phone number):
* Will the presider be at the rehearsal?
*Will you have a Unity Candle?
*Will have a dedication to the Virgin Mary?
*Will you provide your own floral arrangements for the area on either side of the tabernacle?
Prelude Prior to the beginning of the wedding liturgy, there is a prelude consisting of about 15 minutes of instrumental music as guests arrive and are seated. Music during this time is selected at the discretion of the Director of Music and encompasses a combination of pieces that mirror the festive nature of the occasion as well as the quiet dignity of prayerful reflection. Often the prelude is comprised entirely of solo organ repertoire but the utilization of other instruments (trumpets, strings, harp, etc.) is possible as well. Seating of Parents and Processionals Couples often wish to have the seating of their parents highlighted and accompanied by a special piece of music. The seating of the parents takes place just prior to the procession of the wedding party, so the music should be clearly different from that of the processional. A meditative vocal solo or relatively quiet instrumental piece is usually best here. If this is desired, please choose an appropriate vocal solo or instrumental selection from the possibilities listed below. The processionals are usually played by the organ alone or with instruments. Choose three selections. VOCAL SOLO Wedding Hymn - George Frideric Handel Now with Thanksgiving - Irish Folk Tune Come, Lord Jesus, to This Place - Donald Busarow INSTRUMENTAL: Bist Du Bei Mir - Johann Sebastian Bach (with optional oboe) Canon - Johann Pachelbel (with optional violin) La Grâce - Georg Philipp Telemann (with optional trumpet) Four Seasons - Winter: Largo - Antonio Vivaldi (with optional flute) Xerxes: Largo - George Frideric Handel (with optional violin) Minuet - Jeremiah Clarke (with optional trumpet) - Jeremiah Clarke (with optional trumpet) Serenade Ecossaise - Jeremiah Clarke (with optional trumpet) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach (with optional flute and oboe) The Planets, Theme from Jupiter - Gustav Holst The Queen's Processional, Lauda Anima - John Goss Prince of Denmark's March - Jeremiah Clarke (with optional trumpet) Trumpet Tune - Henry Purcell (with optional trumpet) Trumpet Tune in D - David Johnson Festive Trumpet Tune - David German Prelude to the Te Deum - Mac-Antoine Charpentier (with optional trumpet) Rigaudon - Andre Campra
* Opening Prayer These are your options for opening prayers at the beginning of the liturgy, please choose one: Opening Prayer A1 Opening Prayer A2 Opening Prayer A3 Opening Prayer A4
* First Reading from the Old Testament Choose one from the list below: First Reading B1 First Reading B2 First Reading B3 First Reading B4 First Reading B5 First Reading B6 First Reading B7 First Reading B8 First Reading B9
* Responsorial Psalm The responsorial psalm follows the first reading, and there are many psalms from which to choose. If you are printing a wedding program, be sure to print the words of the psalm refrain so your guests can join in the singing. Choose one from the list below Psalm 33 Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own. Psalm 34 Taste and see the goodness of the Lord, happy are those who trust in God. Psalm 90 May the love of God fill us all our days; Let us sing for joy as morning fills the sky. Psalm 103 The Lord is kind and merciful. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. Psalm 118 Psalm 128 Blessed are those who fear the Lord. (Guimont) Psalm 128 Blest are those who love you. (Haugen) Psalm 128 May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives. (Chepponis) Psalm 146 Praise the Lord, my soul! Praise the Lord!
* Second Reading from the New Testament Choose one from the list below: Second Reading D1 Second Reading D2 Second Reading D3 Second Reading D4 Second Reading D5 Second Reading D6 Second Reading D7 Second Reading D8 Second Reading D9 Second Reading D10 Second Reading D11 Second Reading D12 Second Reading D13
* Gospel Reading Choose one from the list below: Gospel Reading F1 Gospel Reading F2 Gospel Reading F3 Gospel Reading F4 Gospel Reading F5 Gospel Reading F6 Gospel Reading F7 Gospel Reading F8 Gospel Reading F9 Gospel Reading F10
* Prayers of the Faithful Choose one from the list below: Prayers of the Faithful J1 Prayers of the Faithful J2 Prayers of the Faithful J3
Unity Candle (optional) If there will be a unity candle, it is placed on a ceremonial pillar in the area to the left of where you will be standing during the ceremony, so it takes very little time to light the candle. The music chosen for this point in the service serves the action itself and is limited to the time it takes to light the candle and for the couple to return to their places. Shorter pieces are suitable at this point in the liturgy, or an instrumental improvisation will be played if no choice is made. The Gift of Love - Traditional Irish Now with Thanksgiving - Irish Folk Tune By My Side - Thomas Porter The Unity Candle Song - Joseph Sullivan and Raymond Haan Build We A House - Raymond Haan La Grâce - Georg Philipp Telemann (with optional trumpet) Bist Du Bei Mir - Johann Sebastian Bach (with optional trumpet) Serenade - Jeremiah Clarke (with optional trumpet) Ecossaise - Jeremiah Clarke (with optional trumpet) No preference Not Having a Unity Candle
Offertory (skip if you are not having Communion) In a Ceremony with Communion, the Mass continues with music during the offertory and preparation of the altar. This usually takes very little time, so a short organ improvisation or instrumental selection is usually most effective at this point. The selection of the offertory music is left to the musicians. Lord's Prayer Sometimes couples ask to have the Lord's Prayer (Our Father) sung. Although this generally works well on Sundays in your local church, keep in mind that your wedding guests will likely come from several different churches and faiths. It is the one common prayer among all Christian denominations and it is very important that everyone is able to join in praying it together. For these reasons, the Lord's Prayer is spoken, rather than sung.
Communion No Preference Not Having Communion Skip the following if you are not having Communion In selecting music for communion, couples will want to keep in mind the nature of the Eucharistic rite as a sign of the unity of everyone gathered. If you have a congregation that likes to sing, a congregational hymn would be very appropriate here. A vocal solo, or a meditative organ/instrumental selection could work well here too. Please note that one piece of music is sufficient for communion. Here are several beautiful communion hymns with simple refrains for the congregation: CONGREGATIONAL HYMN: Taste and See - Joel Martinson Gather Us Together - Owen Alsott (with optional oboe) Take and Eat - Michael Joncas (with optional violin) You Satisfy the Hungry Heart - Omer Westendorf I Received the Living God - Anonymous (with optional flute) Eat This Bread - Jacques Berthier - Thomas J. Porter Let Us Be Bread If you would like to use a vocal solo, rather than a congregational hymn, here are some well-known choices: VOCAL SOLO: Panis Angelicus - César Franck Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach When Love is Found - English Tune
Prayer After Communion Choose one from the list below: Prayer After Communion N1 Prayer After Communion N2 Prayer After Communion N3
Meditation to the Blessed Virgin Mary (optional) If you plan on making a visitation to Mary's altar, it will take place after communion (or after the Lord's Prayer if you're not having a full mass). At this point in the liturgy, a meditation could be sung by the vocalist as a reflection of the personal, devotional prayer of the bride and groom and of the whole congregation. Music during this moment is usually a setting of the "Ave Maria" or other appropriate hymn to Mary. Here are many beautiful possibilities: Ave Maria - Franz Schubert Ave Maria - Bach-Gounod Hail, Queen of Heaven - Henri Frédéric Hemy O Mary of Graces - Traditional Irish (with optional oboe) Not having a Meditation to the Blessed Virgin Mary
* Final Blessing Choose one from the list below: Final Blessing O1 Final Blessing O2 Final Blessing O3 Final Blessing O4
* Recessional The wedding recessional is usually the liturgy's most festive and joyous of musical expressions. Most often played by the organ alone or with trumpet or other instruments, there are countless possibilities, including these listed here. You might notice that some of these same pieces are listed as processionals earlier on this page. That's because they can work for either the entrance procession at the beginning of the wedding or the exit recessional at the end. Please make one selection. Prince of Denmark's March - Jeremiah Clarke Trumpet Tune - Henry Purcell Trumpet Tune in D - David Johnson Festive Trumpet Tune - David German Water Music: Hornpipe - George Frideric Handel (with optional trumpet) Rondeau - Jean-Joseph Mouret (with optional trumpet) Ode To Joy - Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5: Toccata - Charles-Marie Widor Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn
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