Wedding Readings & Music
Congratulations! This is a very exciting time in your life that I am hoping to make easier for you! The list of approved wedding readings & music selections are below in the order that they occur during the Liturgy. One Old Testament Reading, one New Testament Reading, and one Gospel Reading are needed for the celebration of Matrimony. To view the reading, simply click on it to open the link. You may need to scroll to find the specific reading you are looking for. At least one reading that explicitly speaks of Marriage must always be chosen. These readings are designated by an asterisk.
The Music List is not exhaustive. If you have a song/setting you would like to do that is not on this list, we can approve or deny its use in a timely manner if you send us the title and composer of the piece.
However, according to Diocesan Guidelines, Wedding March from "A Midsummer Night's Dream (Felix Mendelssohn) and Bridal Chorus from "Lohengrin" (Wagner's "Here Comes the Bride") are never to be used for a Catholic Wedding.
Due to liturgical changes made a few years ago, the music does not change during the processional for anyone.
You can click on any of the underlined titles to open a YouTube video of that song.
Keep in mind that our musicians may not be able to replicate the content of these videos.
Also keep in mind that these videos are for purely informational purposes.
The Preparation of Gifts songs can also be used for Communion.
If the song has a number next to it, it can and probably should be sung with the congregation.
The numbers are for Journeysongs Third Edition.
A Wedding Blessing (Hayes)
Ave Maria (Wiegand)
Join Us Now (Dyer)
When Two Become One (Dyer)
Water Music Suite (Handel)
Old Testament (First) Readings
"Male and female he created them."
"The two of them become one body."
"In his love for Rebekah, Isaac found
solace after the death of his mother."
"May the Lord of heaven prosper you
both. May he grant you mercy and peace."
"Allow us to live together to a happy old
"The woman who fears the Lord is to be
"Stern as death is love."
"Like the sun rising in the Lord's heavens,
the beauty of a virtuous wife is the
radiance of her home."
"I will make a new covenant with the
house of Israel and the house of Judah."
New Testament (Second) Readings
"What will separate us from the love of
"Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God."
"Welcome one another as Christ
"Your body is a temple of the Spirit"
"If I do not have love, I gain nothing."
"This is a great mystery, but I speak in
reference to Christ and the Church."
"The God of peace will be with you."
"And over all these put on love, that is, the
bond of perfection."
"Let marriage be held in honor by all."
"Be of one mind, sympathetic, loving
toward one another."
"Love in deed and in truth"
"God is love."
"Blessed are those who have been called
to the wedding feast of the Lamb."
1 John 4:7b
"Everyone who loves is begotten of God and knows God."
1 John 4:8b, 11
"God is love. If God loved us, we also must love one another."
1 John 4:12
"If we love one another,
God remains in us and his love
is brought to perfection in us."
1 John 4:16
"Whoever remains in love,
remains in God and God in him."
*Possibilities for musical settings include:
**Note that these videos do not have the correct verses.
* = also found in Holy Cross' Glory and Praise Hymnal.
"Rejoice and be glad, for your reward
will be great in heaven."
"You are the light of the world."
"A wise man built his house on rock."
"What God has united, man must not
"This is the greatest and the first
commandment. The second is like it."
"They are no longer two, but one flesh."
"Jesus did this as the beginning of his
signs in Cana in Galilee."
"Remain in my love."
"This is my commandment: love one
"That they may be brought to perfection
Hymn of Praise (Optional)
Preparation of Gifts