As bride and groom-to-be, you are beginning one of the most exciting journeys in your lives. Your wedding liturgy at Blessed Sacrament will be your point of departure for this journey. In order to help make this a memorable occasion for you, your families, and your guests, this information will assist you in understanding about and selecting music that will create an atmosphere that reflects the sacrament as a celebration, uniting God and you in a new relationship.

Music and its Role in Liturgy

The Marriage Rite is a liturgical celebration, a sacrament of the church. As in any liturgical setting (i.e., Mass), the music is to be chosen with care and discrimination. Since in the liturgy the assembled people of God join with the bride and groom in asking God’s involvement and blessing as a new home is established, the music should accentuate the reverence of the liturgy.

The texts and music should contribute to the worship atmosphere of the service. The selections should be of a high musical quality and appropriate for liturgy. The texts should correspond to the themes which are inherent in a Christian marriage liturgy (e.g., God’s love for the church displayed through Christ,) forming the foundation for the love a man and woman share. God’s involvement and blessing petitioned for the marriage; the praise of God necessarily expressed when Christians rejoice.

For that reason, operatic selections, art songs, along with popular and theatrical love songs, are inappropriate. While they are being used frequently in marriage services, their texts extol romanticized or secular ideas about love and marriage and, therefore, detract from the worship of God.

Selecting Music for your Wedding

The following music needs to be selected for a LITURGY OF THE WORD:

PROCESSIONAL(S)
RESPONSORIAL PSALM*
ALLELUIA (GOSPEL ACCLAMATION — during Lent)
RECESSIONAL

The following music needs to be selected for a MASS:

PROCESSIONAL(S)
RESPONSORIAL PSALM*
ALLELUIA (GOSPEL ACCLAMATION — during Lent)
COMMUNION SONG
RECESSIONAL