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Wedding Music
St Ferdinand Church is one of the parishes which allow their parishioners to choose a musician for their wedding. 

The most important goal of liturgical music is to help people pray. Additionally, musical selections should express not only the faith of the couple, but also the common faith of the whole Church regarding the Sacrament of Marriage. It is for this reason that secular music is NOT appropriate during the Wedding Ceremony. Music should be Scripturally based, simple, and singable so that those assembled may actively participate.

Below, you will find a list of music pieces that can be performed during wedding ceremony. Make your choice and send your selection by e-mail to our organist or call in order  to give your list.

The list presented below is not a complete list of wedding music. If you would like other music to be performed during the mass, please contact our Director of Music and Liturgy 

Additionally, we strongly recommend hiring our cantor who will not only perform "Ave Maria" or "Panis Angelicus" but will sing throughout the whole mass adding to whole ceremony a festive, special, and unforgettable dimension. Please contact Dr. Br. James Drangsholt for more information. 
  • Processional: (two or three instrumental pieces, one for wedding party, one for groom, one for bride )

- "Bridal Chorus" - Richard Wagner
- "Canon in D" - Johann Pachelbel
- "Te Deum" - Marc Antoine Charpentier
- "Hornpipe" - George Frederic Handel

  • Responsorial Psalm:

- Psalm 128 "Blessed are those who fear the Lord"
- Psalm 34   "Taste and see the goodness of the Lord"

  • Offertory:​

-​ "A Blessing" – t.m. James V. Marchionda
 -"On Eagles Wings" – m. Michael Joncas, t. Pedro Rubalcava and Juan J. Sosa
 -"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" – t. Charles Wesley, m. Rowland H. Prichard
 -"Two Candles" – t.m. Sonny Salsbury
 -"When Love Is Found" – t. Brian Wren, m. trad. English Melody "O WALY WALY"
 -"Where Love Is Found" – t. based on 1 Cor 13 1-7, 13, m. Dan Shutte

  • Communion:

-"Age to Age" – Janet Vogt
 -"Bread of Life" – Bobby Fisher
 -"Center of My Life" – Paul Inwood
 -"Eagles Wings" – m. Michael Joncas, t. Pedro Rubalcava and Juan J. Sosa
 -"One Bread, One Body" – John Foley, SJ
 -"Panis Angelicus" – Cesar Franck

  • Meditation:

- "Ave Maria" - Franz Schubert
- "Ave Maria" - J.S. Bach
- "Ave Maria" - Charles Gound
- "Ave Maria" - Guilio Caccini

  • Recessional:

-​ "Wedding March" - Felix Mendelssohn
- "Te Deum" - Marc Antoine Charpentier
- "Hornpipe" - G. F. Handel

Br. Dr. James Drangsholt
Director of Music and Liturgy

tel. 773.622.5900 ext. 247
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