Wedding Music at Saint Joseph Parish

We are glad you have decided to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage at Saint Joseph Church. The wedding liturgy is itself the most significant part of the wedding festivities, and the music should reflect the importance of the liturgical action. The music you select can very powerfully shape the tone of the liturgy, and is one of the most significant ways to invite, engage, and encourage the full participation of the gathered community. Music during liturgy is meant to inspire, nourish and strengthen the expression of faith. Music should serve to unite all those who gather for the wedding ceremony,


In selecting music, you should consider that one of the best ways to unite and help the assembly to pray is by including congregational singing. At the very least, the responsorial psalm, Alleluia/Gospel Acclamation and Eucharistic Acclamations should be sung by the entire worshiping community. A cantor is necessary to help foster this singing by the congregation. You may have a friend or family member that you wish to sing at your wedding. Many churches allow this. Saint Joseph's normally does not. In rare instances, outside cantors are allowed, with the approval of the Director of Music. 


If you would like to have any instrumentalists other than the organist play at your wedding, the organist will contract the appropriate people for you.  Although it might be normally desirable to hear the instrumentalists play prior to your wedding or to review their credentials, it is not the practice at Saint Joseph's. The contracted musicians are all professional instrumentalists who regularly perform with New York orchestras and at the parish.. Only those professional musicians found to be competent in their field by means of an exhaustive audition process conducted by the Music Director are engaged for activities at the parish. 

Music Selections

Processional Music (select one for bridal party and one for bride's entrance.) 
1. Trumpet Tune - Jeremiah Clarke 
2. Trumpet Voluntary - Henry Purcell 
3. Trumpet Voluntary - John Stanley 
4. Rondeau - Jean Joseph Mouret 
5. Canon in D - Johann Pachelbel 
7. Overture from "Lonengrin" - Richard Wagner 
Offertory Music
1. Ave Maria - Franz Schubert 
2. Ave Maria - Bach / Gound 
3. Ave Verum Corpus - Edward Elgar 
4. "The Call" from the Five Mystical Songs - R.V. Williams
5. The Gift of Love - Hal Hopson 
6. Be Thou WIth Them - J.S. Bach 
Communion Music
1. Jesu Joy of Man Desiring from Cantata 147 - J.S. Bach 
2. Panis Angelicus - Cesar Franck 
3. Ave Verum Corpus - W.A. Mozart 
4. Where Love Is Found - Old English Tune 
5. Laudate Dominum - W.A. Mozart 
6. Taste and See, Psalm 34 - Stephen Dean 
Recessional Music
1. Wedding March from Midsummer's Night Dream - Felix Mendelssohn 
2. "Finale" from Symphon I - Louis Vierne 
3 "Alla Hornpipe" from Watermusic Suite - G.F. Handel 
4. Marche Trimphale: Nun daket alle Gott - Karg Elert
5. Rondeau - Jean Joseph Mouret 
6. "Ode to Joy" from Symphony 9 - Beethoven