Notice: Music for weddings

Newry Cathedral News

Dear Engaged Couple

As you prepare for marriage, we the clergy require you to choose hymns/sacred music for your Nuptial Mass. Secular songs are not appropriate in our Churches. Please advise your organist/musician that this is a requirement.

It would also enhance the liturgy if the Psalm, Alleluia, Holy, Holy, Holy, Memorial Acclamation, the Great Amen and the Lamb of God were sung. If you are unsure about hymns, please discuss your choice with the celebrant.

You may wish to discuss with the priest or deacon what type of liturgy would be most appropriate for your wedding. For example, if the bride or groom comes from another Christian tradition, or if a large number of the guests are not Catholic, you may consider having the Rite of Marriage without the celebration of Mass. In this case, a deacon could officiate at your wedding.

Yours sincerely,

Canon Francis Brown


List of suitable hymns

Click here to download a PDF of the hymn list.

Processional (usually instrumental)

Air: Water Music (Handel)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)

Minuet (Handel)
Prelude to Te Deum (Charpentier)
St. Anthony Corale (Haydn)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Trumpet Voluntary (Stanley)
Christ be Our Light (Farrell)
Magnificat (sung) (Sherman)
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Wagner)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
Grand March from Aida (Verdi)
Hornpipe from the Water Music (Handel)
The Rejoicing from Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel)

Opening Hymn (must be congregational)

For the Beauty of the Earth
Gather the People (Schutte)
Gather your People (Hurd)
Glory and Praise to our God (Schutte)
God Created Earth and Heaven (Beethoven) God who Blesses New Beginnings (Hyfrydol) 0 Bless the Lord (CBW) (Michaels)

When Love is Found (O Waly Waly)
All creatures of Our God and King
All people that on earth do dwell
Amazing Grace
At the name of Jesus
Bind us Together
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Father Hear the Prayer We Offer
Give me Joy in My Heart
Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
How Great Thou Art
Immortal, invisible, God only wise
Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us
Lord of all Hopefulness
Lord of the Dance
Love divine, all love excelling
Morning has broken
O blessed are those
O Jesus, I have promised
O worship the King
Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven
Praise to the Lord and Almighty
The King of Love, my shepherd
The Lord’s My Shepherd
To God the Glory, Great Things He hath done

Responsorial Psalm (relates directly to the readings you have chosen)

Happy the People Refrain: Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own
Let your Mercy Be on Us (Haughen) Refrain: Let your mercy be on us, 0 Lord, os we place our trust in you
Taste and See Refrain: 0 taste and see the goodness of the Lord
The Lord is Kind and Merciful (Haughen) Refrain: The Lord is kind ond merciful
Blest are Those who Love You (Haugh en) Refrain: Blest are those who love you, happy those who follow you, blest are those who seek you, 0 God
The Lord is My Shepherd Refrain: The Lord is My Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want
On Eagles Wings Refrain: And he will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn and make you to shine like the stars and hold you in the palm of his hand

Offertory/Preparation of the Gifts (must be congregational)

Christ be Our Light (Farrell)
Companions on the Journey (Landry)
Servant Song (McGargill)
The Summons (Kelvingrove)
We are Many Parts (Haugen)
When Love is Found (0 Waly Waly)
Wherever you Go (Weston Priory)


Behold the Lamb (Willett)
Bread for the World (Farrell)
Bread of Life (Cooney)
Bread of Life (Farrell)
I am the Bread of Life (Toolan)

One Bread One Body (Foley)
Seed Scattered and Sown (Feiten)
Table of Plenty (Schutte)
Ubi Caritas (Rosania)

Signing of the Register

Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Bridal Prayer (Copeland)
Be My Side (Porter)
Covenant Hymn/Wherever You Go (Cooney/Daigle) For Life and All Its Richness (Klusmeier)
Live to be Holy (Lawton)
Panis Angelicus (Franck)
Paul’s Prayer (Fabing)
Set Me as a Seal (Maher)
Wedding Prayer (Ault)
Wedding Song (There is Love (Stookey)
For the beauty of the Earth (Rutter)
Gaelic Blessing (Rutter)
The Lord is My Shepherd (Goodall)
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Rutter)


Hornpipe/Allegro Maestoso: Water Music (Handel)
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
Prelude to Te Deum (Charpentier)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Come, Let us Sing (Lindh)
Hark Ten Thousand Harps and Voices
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Toccata from Symphony No 5 (Wider)
The Rejoicing from Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel) Grand March from Aida (Verdi)
Sortie in E Flat (Lefebure-Wely)
Nun Danket alle Gott ( Now thank we all our God) (l<arg-Elert)