The musical celebration of the marriage is intended to be a joyous action, uplifting those present to the love of God, and each other. Therefore, in the community of the church itself, music should reflect the sacred and mysterious nature of the Lord, and love that he has bestowed on the couple approaching marriage.
Therefore, the music of a wedding must always show forth a sacred character and not be a stage where popular love songs and show tunes be sung because one or the other person prefers these songs. The celebration of marriage is a parish wide celebration and not limited to one or two parties, or groups of people. The following guidelines for music governing the marriage practice are given.
The director of music ministry must be contacted one to two months before your wedding to help you plan the music. In this way, the organist can direct your choices of music and lyrics that are appropriate for a Catholic, Christian wedding celebration and that follow the musical guidelines established by the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Greensburg.
Additional rehearsals with soloists/instrumentalists will be an additional $50/meeting. That is why it is important they attend the initial planning meeting with the organist.
- Guest organists, musicians, and soloists are permitted only with the approval of the pastor.
- Once the music is planned for the wedding, it should be submitted to the pastor for approval.
- Current popular love songs, odes, rock, and trendy pop-rock songs are neither permitted nor appropriate for a Catholic wedding. This rule is strictly enforced!
- If conflicts arise over music choices, the pastor will have the final decision over the matter.
- In marriages of mixed religion, the different religious traditions should be considered in the choice of the music. Therefore, both denominations musical traditions could be employed in the wedding celebration.
The parish family of St. Edward Church, the pastor, and the staff wish you the best of God’s blessings as you embark on your new life of love with each other and in the Lord Jesus Christ.