Weddings

Sacrament of Marriage at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MNThis page is intended to assist you in a smooth planning, preparation, and execution of your wedding liturgy. Please direct your questions to the Pastor or the Director of Music. We’re here to help you along the way, and we pray that God will bless you abundantly as you prepare for this great sacrament.

Music in the Catholic Wedding

  • The Rite of Marriage is first and foremost a sacramental liturgy of the Catholic Church.
  • As such, musical selections should reflect the sacred nature of this occasion.
  • As such, musical selections should be sacred, thus:
    • The ultimate focus of the text must be on God and His salvific act.
    • Popular love songs do not have a place in the wedding ceremony. These are better suited for use at wedding receptions.
    • Musical selections must be liturgically appropriate.
  • It is fitting for musical selections to align with the scripture texts chosen for the wedding.
Music Selections

Suggested processional repertoire

Note that these are merely suggestions. It is possible that a visiting organist would not be able to honor each selection listed below. Furthermore, this is by no means an exhaustive list. If other options are desired, they can be explored, provided they are appropriate to the occasion. Please consult the Director of Music with any questions you may have regarding repertoire. 

For the Bridesmaids

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, BWV 147 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Aria from Concerto Grosso Nº 12 – George Friedric Händel
Nimrod from Enigma Variations – Edward Elgar
Largo from Xerxes – George Friedric Händel
Arioso: I Stand at the Threshold, BWV 156 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
Prière à Notre Dame, from Suite Gothique – Léon Boëllmann
Flute of Grace – Mons Leidvin Takle
The Peace, from Fireworks Suite – George Friedric Händel
Air from Water Music – George Friedric Händel
Air from Orchestral Suite Nº3, BWV 1068 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Wachet Auf, Ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 – Johann Sebastian Bach

For the Bride


Prince of Denmark’s March – Jeremiah Clarke
Prelude from Te Deum – Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Trumpet Voluntary – Henry Purcell
Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Felix Mendelssohn
Rigaudon – André Campra
Trumpet Tune for a Festive Day – David Lasky
Festive Processional – David Lasky
Festive Trumpet Tune – David German

Suggested Hymns for Weddings

All Creatures of Our God and King (Worship Hymnal 607)
All People that on Earth Do Dwell (Worship Hymnal 837)
Christ is Made the Sure Foundation (Worship Hymnal 732)
Come Down, O Love Divine (Worship Hymnal 534)
Father, We Thank Thee Who Hast Planted (Worship Hymnal 631)
For the Beauty of the Earth (Worship Hymnal 632)
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You (Worship Hymnal 611)
Lord of All Hopefulness (Worship Hymnal 686)
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Worship Hymnal 642)
Now Thank We All Our God (Worship Hymnal 637)
O God Beyond All Praising (Worship Hymnal 627)
O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts (Worship Hymnal 705)
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (Worship Hymnal 610)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Worship Hymnal 616)
Ubi Caritas (Where True Charity and Love) (Worship Hymnal 694)

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 33: The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. (Score)
Psalm 34 (2a): I will bless the Lord at all times. (Score)
Psalm 34 (9a): Taste and see the goodness of the Lord. (Score)  (Alternative)
Psalm 103: The Lord is kind and merciful.  (Score)  (Alternative)
Psalm 112: Blessed the man who greatly delights in the Lord’s commands.  (Score)
Psalm 128 (see 1a): Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. (Score)
Psalm 145 (9a): The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.  (Score)
Psalm 148 (13a): Let all praise the name of the Lord.  (Score)

Gospel Acclamation

1 John 4:8, 11 – God is love; let us love one another as God has loved us.
1 John 4:12 – If we love one another, God will live in us in perfect love.
1 John 4:16 – He who lives in love, lives in God, and God in him.
1 John 4:7b – Everyone who loves is born of God and knows him.

Hymns specifically intended for the Communion Procession (weddings within Mass)

Alleluia, Sing To Jesus (Worship Hymnal 953)
At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing (Worship Hymnal 512)
Ave Verum (Worship Hymnal 929)
Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord (Worship Hymnal 947)
Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether (Worship Hymnal 937)
Hidden Here Before Me (Worship Hymnal 556)
Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All
Lord, Who at Your First Eucharist (Worship Hymnal 954)
The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Worship Hymnal 712)
Ubi Caritas (Where True Charity and Love) (Worship Hymnal 694)
You Satisfy the Hungry Heart (Worship Hymnal 939)

A solo selection with an Eucharistic text may also be a fitting option for the communion procession.

Suggested Solo Repertoire

The feasibility of this repertoire is largely contingent upon the cantor/soloist. Again, this is not by any means an exhaustive list of possibilities. Other pieces can be used, provided they are appropriate for the occasion. The director of music will assist you in finding a soloist who is able to meet your needs.

Ave Maria – Johann Sebastian Bach/Charles Gounod
Ave Maria – Giulio Caccini 
Ave Maria – Gregorian Chant
Ave Maria – Franz Schubert
Ave Maria – Louis Vierne
Ave Maria – Josef Rheinberger
Ave Maria – César Franck
Panis Angelicus – César Franck
Hear Thou, O God, (adapted from Bist du Bei Mir) – Johann Sebastian
The Call: Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Love Bade Me Welcome – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Suggested Choral Repertoire

Anima Christi – Mons. Marco Frisina
Ave Maria – César Franck
Ave Maria – Tomás Luis de Victoria
Ave Verum Corpus – William Byrd
Ave Verum Corpus – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Jesu bleibet meine Freude (Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring), BWV 147 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Lūgšana (Prayer) – Rihards Dubra
O Taste and See – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Panis Angelicus – César Franck
To Thee, O Lord – Sergei Rachmaninoff
Ubi Caritas – Maurice Duruflé
Ubi Caritas – Ola Gjeilo
Zion Hört die Wächter singen (Zion Hears the Watchmen Singing), BWV 140 – Johann Sebastian Bach

Recessional

Kāzu Maršs (Wedding March) – Aivars Kalējs
Toccata Brevis – Daniel Gawthrop
Hornpipe from Water Music – George Friedric Händel
The Rejoicing from Fireworks Suite – George Friedric Händel
Power of Life – Mons Leidvin Takle
Invocazione Brillante – Carson Cooman
Toccata on the chorale Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’ – Aivars Kalējs
Rondeau from Sinfonies de Fanfares – Jean-Joseph Mouret
Allegro maestoso e vivace from Sonata IV, Op 65 – Felix Mendelssohn

Readings

Your wedding liturgy will include three readings from Sacred Scripture. The first reading comes from the Old Testament. The second reading comes from the New Testament. The third reading comes from the Gospels. Click here to open a PDF containing the full text for each of these selections. Please select one reading from each section.

Sacrament of Marriage at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN