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Wedding Music Samples

1. Ave Maria (Franz Schubert):
traditionally done at the seating of the parents

2. May Love Be Ours, O Lord (Michael Joncas)
appropriate between Old and New Testament readings

3. The Gift of Love (Hal Hopson)
appropriate anywhere

4. Alleluia (W.A. Mozart)
festive solo before the Gospel reading

5. Celtic Alleluia (Fintan O’Carroll)
sung before the Gospel

6. One Hand, One Heart (Leonard Bernstein)
sung for the lighting of the Unity candle

7. Love Changes Everything (Andrew Lloyd Weber)
appropriate anywhere

8. Grow Old Along with Me (John Lennon)
sung for the lighting of the Unity candle

9. May the Road Rise to Meet you (Katie Bart)
sung for the sign of peace at ceremonies

10. Panis Angelicus (Cesar Franck)
sung at Communion

11. Where’er You Walk (G. F. Handel)
appropriate anywhere

12. Where’er you Go, There I Too Will Go (C.W. Gluck)
appropriate anywhere

13. May God Bless You (Michael Joncas)
sung at the lighting of the Unity candle

14. The Servant Song (Richard Gillard)
sung at Communion

15. Wedding Prayer (J.S. Bach)
appropriate anywhere

16. Canon in D (Johan Pachelbel)
used for procession

17. Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)
used for entrance of bride

18. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (J.S. Bach)
used for procession

19. Allegro Maestoso from Water Music (G.F. Handel)
used for recessional

20. Wedding March (Felix Mendelssohn)
used for recessional

21. To Deum (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
used for recessional

22. Trumpet Tune in D (Henry Purcell)
used for recessional

23. Ode to Joy (Ludwig van Beethoven)
used for recessional

The usual places for vocal solos (accompanied by the organ)
-at the seating of the parents
-between the Old and New Testament readings
-“Alleluia” before the Gospel
-at the lighting of the Unity candle
-during the sign of peace (at a ceremony)
-during Communion (at a Mass)

And the usual places for organ solo music:
-15 minutes of festive prelude music as the guests are seated
-the processional, Canon in D for the wedding party and Trumpet Voluntary for the bride
-at the preparation of the altar (at a Mass)
-during the recessional