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)
Come and Journey With Me (Haas)
Faith, Hope, and Love (O'Brien)
He Has Chosen You For Me (Terry)
Join Us Now (Dyer)
My Song Will Be for You Forever (Haas)
On This Day (Arr. Lambillotte)
Surely the Presence of the Lord Is in This Place (Wolfe)
When Two Become One (Dyer)
When You Created Love (Fettke)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Joyful, Joyful (Beethoven/ Arr. Lorie Line)
Jupiter, from The Planets (Holst)
Sinfonia from Solomon (Arrival of the Queen of Sheba) (Handel)
Spring, from Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
The Gift of Love (O Waly Waly)
Trumpet Voluntary in D (Boyce)
Trumpeting in B-flat Major (Melby)
Variations from Organ Concerto Op. 4 No. 1 (Handel)
Water Music Suite (Handel)
All Creatures of Our God and King #578
God, Who Created Hearts to Love #542
All People That on Earth Do Dwell #570
For the Beauty of the Earth #609
Glory and Praise to Our God #574*
Hear Us Now, Our God and Father #539
Love Divine, All Love's Excelling #709
Praise My Soul the King of Heaven #586
Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens #584
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
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31*
"The woman who fears the Lord is to be
Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a; 8:6-7a
"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."
Psalm 34 #39(Espanol/Bilingual/English)
New Testament (Second) Readings
"What will separate us from the love of
Romans 12:1-2, 9-18 or 12:1-2, 9-13
"Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God."
"Welcome one another as Christ
1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20
"Your body is a temple of the Spirit"
"If I do not have love, I gain nothing."
Ephesians 5:2a, 21-33 or 5:2a, 25-32*
"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.
Mass of Christ the Savior (Schutte) #186
Mass of Glory (Canedo/Hurd) #244
Mass of Renewal (Stephan) #176
Mass of Spirit and Grace (Manalo) #196
Mass of the Resurrection (DeBruyn) #216
* = 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."
Matthew 7:21, 24-29 or 7:21, 24-25
"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)
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name #566
I Sing the Mighty Power of God #618
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You #575
Let All Things Now Living #608
Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow #569
Preparation of Gifts
On This Day, O Beautiful Mother #497
The King of Love My Shepherd Is #690
Where Charity and Love Prevail #720
In the Breaking of the Bread/Cuando Partimos el Pan del Senor #779
Let Us Break Bread Together #800
Taste and See (Angrisano) #782