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Wedding Liturgy

As an experienced Liturgist I have helped many couples plan their wedding Liturgy. I can guide you through the Service, making suggestions for Music, Readings, Blessings and Prayers.

Depending on the type of Wedding Liturgy I will sing and play at appropriate times pieces that the couple have selected.

In a Catholic Service, liturgical music will be played and sung throughout, in accordance with the guidelines of the Diocese. In this case a non-liturgical piece may be sung at the Signing of the Register.

In the Catholic tradition there is an option to have a Wedding Mass or a Marriage Ceremony without Mass. The Nuptial Rite, the words and prayers of the Sacrament of Marriage, can be celebrated within a Mass or as a Wedding Ceremony without the Eucharist.

For a Church of Ireland service you may wish to have some congregational hymns.

If you are having a Civil Ceremony you are not allowed to have any religious or spiritual material read out or sung.

I am happy to play special requests, providing I have the music and adequate time to prepare music I don't know.

 

Catholic Wedding Mass

The Gathering Rite

  • Bride’s Entrance - Music
  • Greeting
  • Lighting of Individual Candles - Music

Penetential Rite

  • Opening Prayer

Liturgy of the Word

  • First Reading Old Testament
  • Psalm – Generally sung
  • Second Reading New Testament
  • Gospel acclamation – Generally sung
  • Gospel

The Rite of Marriage

  • Address
  • Declaration of Consent
  • Blessing and Exchange of Rings
  • Exchange of symbolic gifts (optional)
  • Prayer of the newly married couple (optional)
  • Lighting Unity Candle - Music

Prayers of the Faithful

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Offertory Music

The Communion Rite

  • Our Father
  • Nuptual Blessing
  • Sign of Peace
  • Communion

The Concluding Rite

  • Blessing of Bride and Groom (choice of 3)
  • Final Blessing and Dismissal

Signing of Register

Bridal Party Procession

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Wedding Ceremony without the Eucharist

Processional music (usually instrumental)

The Gathering Rite

  • Introduction and Greeting by Priest
  • Ceremony of the lighting Individual Candles -  Music

 

  • Opening Prayer
  • The Liturgy of the Word
  • First Reading
  • Psalm – can be sung
  • Second reading
  • Gospel Acclamation -can be sung
  • The Gospel
  • Homily
  • Music (nice to have a hymn sung here)

Rite of Marriage

  • Address
  • Declaration of Consent
  • Exchange of Vows
  • Blessing & Exchange of Rings
  • Prayer of the Newly Married Couple - optional
  • Lighting of the Unity Candle. Music

Prayers of the Faithful

Music - Hymn

Our Father

Nuptual Blessing

Sign of Peace

Reflection (with music)

Final Blessing

Signing of Register (with music)

Recessional (with nice instrumental piece)

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Outline of Church of Ireland Wedding Ceremony

Bride’s Entrance

  • Welcome
  • Lighting Of The Candles
  • Congregational Hymn

The Introduction

The Collect

Proclaiming and Receiving the Word

  • First Reading              
  • Psalm 
  • Second Reading                      

The Marriage 

  • The Consent
  • The Vows
  • Giving And Receiving Of Rings
  • The Declaration
  • The Blessing
  • Prayer:  Groom and Bride

Affirmation By The People

Lighting of Marriage Candle

Music

The Acclamations

Hymn

The Prayers

The Lord's Prayer

The Peace

Hymn

The Blessing

Signing of Register

Recessional

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Outline Civil Ceremony

Entrance Music

Introduction by Registrar

First Reading

Music (nice to have a piece of music here)

First set of vows
Second set of vows

Music (optional)

Second Reading (optional)

Ring ceremony

Signing of the Register & Declaration

Music (song or instrumental)

Conclusion

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