Music for your Wedding

Please contact the Music Office at least 3 months prior to your wedding.  Dr. Romeri, our Director of Music, will meet with you and assist you in selecting your music, cantor, instrumentalists, as well as creating your program for your wedding liturgy.  PLEASE do not hire ANY outside musicians before you speak with Dr. Romeri.   It is our STRONG PREFERENCE to use our staff instrumentalists (strings, woodwinds, brass, harp, timpani); they are some of the finest in Philadelphia. They perform regularly here at the Cathedral Basilica and know the requirements of the liturgy as well as our cathedral space. Cathedral Staff Organists and Staff Cantors are used for ALL weddings.

ALL wedding fees must be paid two weeks prior to the wedding.  No music can be performed without full payment. Complete details will be explained at the Couples Meetings.  In addition, Wedding Programs can be prepared by the Office for Liturgical Music.  Sample programs will be given at the couples meetings.

Call 215-587-3696 or email jromeri@archphila.org to register to attend one of the following Wedding Music Meetings with couples:

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 1 PM
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1 PM


Upcoming Weddings

  • Saturday, December 6 at 3 PM                 Jackie Dunleavy, Cantor
  • Saturday, December 6 at 3 PM                 Marcelle McGuirk, Cantor
    Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 1 PM          Charlene Angelini, Cantor,  Violin, Trumpet
  • Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 3 PM          Marcelle McGuirk, Cantor, Harp, Violin, Trumpet, small Choir
    Friday, February 27, 2015 at 4 PM          Jackie Dunleavy, Cantor, Violin

Some Wedding Music Suggestions:

Processional Marches:

According to the 1972 Graduale Romanum (GR) for the Ordinary Form, the Nuptial Mass has several options for the sung propers:

Introit

GR:   God is in his holy dwelling place; the God who causes us to dwell together, one at heart, in his house; he himself will give power and strength to his people. (Ps 68 (67): 6, 7, 36)

Roman Missal:   Entrance Antiphon                                                                 Cf. Ps 19: 3, 5
May the Lord send you help from the holy place, and give you support from Sion. May he grant you your hearts ‘ desire, and fulfill every one of your designs (E.T. alleluia).

Roman Missal, option B      Entrance Antiphon                                            Cf. Ps 89: 14, 17
At dawn, O Lord, fill us with your merciful love, and we shall exult and rejoice all our days. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us and upon the work of our hands (E.T. alleluia).

Roman Missal, option C    Entrance Antiphon                                                Cf. Ps 144: 2, 9
I will bless you day after day, O Lord, and praise your name forever and ever, for you are kind to all, and compassionate to all your creatures (E.T. alleluia).

Opening Hymns:

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You
Praise to the Lord, the Almight
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

God of Love and Joy and Laughter  (can be sung to Ode To Joy)

God of love and joy and laughter
Calling us to fruitful days
May we be the echoes after
Church and people sing your praise.
Your love calls our love to being,
Grows, surrounds, up-builds and holds
Clears our eyes for keenly seeing
All the world your love enfolds.
When we join in celebration,
grateful for abundant gifts,
send again that revelation
of your grace that heals all rifts.
Grant us love that’s deeper, stronger,
as the days turn into years,
wisdom fuller, patience longer,
faith and hope through joy and tears.
Now we ask your benediction,
blessing, challenge all in one.
Calm our stress, but use its friction,
that through us your will be done.
Keep our hope as fresh as morning,
keep our zeal warm as the sun,
keep our joy as spring aborning
cheers the hearts of everyone.

Text:  87 87 D; Jane Parker Huber from A Singing Faith ©1987 The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, PA

 

Let’s Praise The Creator (can be sung to Kremser)

Let’s praise the Creator who gave us each other
In friendship and kinship to celebrate life,
Let’s sing our delight in this man and this woman,
The promise of joy as a husband and wife.
The love that we wish them, the love that we pray for
Is stronger than storms and more gentle than breath,
Endures every trouble, is selfless and faithful,
More precious than life and more lasting than death.
In vows that are honored, in kissing and blessing
May happiness shine like the gold of a ring,
In passionate joy and compassionate caring
May theirs be the gifts that true loving can bring.

Text: 12 11 12 11;  Shirley Erena Murray;  ©1992 Hope Publishing Co.
Hear Us Now, Our God and Father   (can be sung to Hyfrodol)

Hear us now, our God and Father;
Send your Spirit from above
On this Christian man and woman
Who here make their vows of love.
Bind their hearts in true devotion
Endless as the seashore’s sands,
Boundless as the deepest ocean,
Blessed and sealed by your own hands.
Give them joy to lighten sorrow;
Give them hope to brighten life.
Go with them to face the morrow;
Stay with them in ev’ry strife.
As your Word has promised, ever
Fill them with your strength and grace
So that each may serve the other
Till they see you face to face.
May the grace of Christ, our Savior,
And the Father’s boundless love,
With the Holy Spirit’s favor
Rest upon them from above.
Thus may they abide in union
With each other and the Lord,
And possess in sweet communion
Joys which earth cannot afford.

Text: 87 87 D; Vss 1 & 2 Harry N Huxhold, ©1978, Lutheran Book of Worship. All rights reserved.   Used with permission of Augsburg Fortress. Vs. 3 John Newton, 1725-1807, alt

 

God, Who Created Hearts To Love  (can be sung to Lasst Uns Erfreuen)

God, who created hearts to love,
Show’ring all blessings from above,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Give these who come to you with praise,
Peace, love and laughter all their days.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Spirit of God, be at their side:
Wisdom and comfort, guardian, guide.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Make of their hearts a resting place;
In ev’ry trial, gentle grace.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Jesus at Cana gave a sign,
Turning the water into wine:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Sign that continues as he said—
Love, living, risen from the dead.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Sing, friends and fam’ly gathered here,
Voices in witness ringing clear;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Here is the mystery begun:
Woman and man becoming one.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Text: LM with alleluias; M.D. Ridge, © 1992, M.D. Ridge. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.
Music: Auserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesänge, Cologne, 1623

 

At a Wedding Mass the Penitential Act is omitted. The Glória in excélsis (Glory to God in the highest) is said or sung.

Communion, Option 1

GR:   Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God; blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God; blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 5: 8, 9, 10)

Communion, Option 2

GR:  Seek first the kingdom of God, and all the rest will be given to you in addition, says the Lord. (Mt 6: 33)

Roman Missal:    Communion Antiphon                                                      Cf. Eph 5: 25, 27
Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for her, to present her as a holy and spotless bride for himself (E.T. alleluia).

Roman Missal, option B    Communion Antiphon                                                     Jn 13: 34
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you, says the Lord (E.T. alleluia).

Roman Missal, option C    Communion Antiphon                                               Ps 33: 2, 9
I will bless the Lord at all times, praise of him is always in my mouth. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed the man who seeks refuge in him (E.T. alleluia).

Communion Hymns:

  • Love One Another• James Chepponis
  • I Have Loved You• J. Michael Joncas
  • Taste and See• James Moore
  • Eat This Bread• Jacques Berthier
  • Gift of Finest Wheat•  Robert Kreutz

Wedding Vocal Solos and Choral Pieces:

Recessional Marches:


 

Music Staff Contact

JohnRomeriDr. John A. Romeri, AAGO, ChM
215-587-3696
Director of Music and Organist

 

 

Dr. Steven Ball
Artist in Residence

Clara Gerdes
Organ Scholar

Jean Madden
Assistant Director for the Office of Divine Worship and Office for Liturgical Music

Michael Hogue     (Wedding Programs)
215-587-3696
Administrative Assistant