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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 (Schubert)

Ave Maria (Wiegand)

By My Side (Porter)

Come and Journey With Me (Haas)

Faith, Hope, and Love (O'Brien)

He Has Chosen You For Me (Terry)

How Beautiful (Paris)

I Have Loved You (Joncas)

I Will Be Here (Chapman)

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)

The Bridal Prayer (Copeland)

The Lord's Prayer (Malotte)

The Prayer (Sager & Foster)

The Wedding Song (Stookey)

Where There Is Love (Haas)

Wherever You Go (Haas)

When Two Become One (Dyer)

When You Created Love (Fettke)



Air from Suite #3 (Bach)

Allegro (Boyce)

Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)

Joyful, Joyful (Beethoven/ Arr. Lorie Line)

Jupiter, from The Planets (Holst)

Largo, from Xerxes (Handel)

March Jubilant (Lorie Line)

Prelude in C (Bach)

Psalm XIX (Marcello)

Rondeau (Mouret)

Sinfonia from Solomon (Arrival of the Queen of Sheba) (Handel)

Spring, from Four Seasons (Vivaldi)

The Gift of Love (O Waly Waly)

Threads of Love (Lorie Line)

Trumpet Tune (Purcell)

Trumpet Voluntaries (Stanley)

Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)

Trumpet Voluntary in D (Boyce)

Trumpeting in B-flat Major (Melby)

Variations from Organ Concerto Op. 4 No. 1 (Handel)

Wachet Auf (Bach)

Walking with You (Lorie Line)

Water Music Suite (Handel)


-------Hornpipe and Finale

Gathering Song

All Creatures of Our God and King #578

God, Who Created Hearts to Love #542

All My Days #604*

All People That on Earth Do Dwell #570

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus #458

For the Beauty of the Earth #609

For You Are My God #675*

Glory and Praise to Our God #574*

Hear Us Now, Our God and Father #539

Lord of All Hopefulness #647

Love Divine, All Love's Excelling #709

O Father All-Creating #544

Praise My Soul the King of Heaven #586

Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens #584

Sing a New Song #598*

We Gather Together #762

When Love Is Found #543

Old Testament (First) Readings

Genesis 1:26-28, 31a*

     "Male and female he created them."  


Genesis 2:18-24*

     "The two of them become one body."


Genesis 24:48-51, 58-67*

     "In his love for Rebekah, Isaac found 

      solace after the death of his mother."


Tobit 7: 6-14*

     "May the Lord of heaven prosper you

      both. May he grant you mercy and peace."


Tobit 8:4b-8*

     "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."


Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16*

     "Like the sun rising in the Lord's heavens,

      the beauty of a virtuous wife is the

      radiance of her home."


Jeremiah 31:31-32a, 33-34a

     "I will make a new covenant with the

      house of Israel and the house of Judah."

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 33

Psalm 34   #39(Espanol/Bilingual/English)

                  #41(Only first 4 verses)

Psalm 103 

Psalm 112

Psalm 128 #105

Psalm 145

Psalm 148

New Testament (Second) Readings

Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39

     "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."


Romans 15:1b-3a, 5-7, 13

     "Welcome one another as Christ 

      welcomed you."


1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20

     "Your body is a temple of the Spirit"


1 Corinthians 12:31--13:8a

     "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."


Philippians 4:4-9

     "The God of peace will be with you."


Colossians 3:12-17

     "And over all these put on love, that is, the

      bond of perfection."


Hebrews 13:1-4a, 5-6b

     "Let marriage be held in honor by all."


1 Peter 3:1-9*

     "Be of one mind, sympathetic, loving

      toward one another."


1 John 3:18-24

     "Love in deed and in truth"


1 John 4:7-12

     "God is love."


Revelation 19:1, 5-9a

     "Blessed are those who have been called

      to the wedding feast of the Lamb."

Gospel Acclamation

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.

Celtic Alleluia

Gospel Acclamation No. IV

Gospel Acclamation No. V

Gospel Acclamation No. VI

Gospel Acclamation No. VII

Gospel Acclamation No. VIII


Mass Settings

Belmont Mass (Walker) #206

Chant Mass #169

Heritage Mass (Alstott) #226

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

Misa Sante Fe (Reza) #234


* = also found in Holy Cross' Glory and Praise Hymnal.




To Wedding Requirements


Gospel Readings

Matthew 5:1-12a

     "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward

      will be great in heaven."


Matthew 5:13-16

     "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."


Matthew 19:3-6*

     "What God has united, man must not



Matthew 22:35-40

     "This is the greatest and the first

      commandment. The second is like it."


Mark 10:6-9

     "They are no longer two, but one flesh."


John 2:1-11*

     "Jesus did this as the beginning of his

      signs in Cana in Galilee."


John 15:9-12

     "Remain in my love."


John 15:12-16

     "This is my commandment: love one



John 17:20-26 or 17:20-23

     "That they may be brought to perfection

      as one."


Hymn of Praise (Optional)

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus #458

Beautiful Savior #841

God, We Praise You #567

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name #566

Holy, Holy, Holy #448

Holy Is His Name #487

I Sing the Mighty Power of God #618

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You #575

Let All Things Now Living #608

Luke 1: My Soul Rejoices #120

Now Thank We All Our God #603

O Bless the Lord #568

Praise God from Whom All Blessing Flow #569

Praise to the Lord #585

Sing to the Mountains #580*

The God of All Grace #773

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones #505

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