St Anastasia Music Guidelines for Weddings Congratulations on your engagement! This page provides some basic information to begin the discussion for the music for your Sacrament of Marriage. Musicians serving at your wedding are from St. Anastasia Catholic Church Music Ministry. We maintain a roster of singers and professional musicians. Guest musicians are permitted with the Director of Music’s approval. The number of musical selections at your wedding will be determined by the type of ceremony you have planned. A Nuptial Mass is Solemn Mass including Communion rites. The Responsorial Psalm should be sung. Only ONE selection will be played during the procession of the Bridal Party and the Bride. A wedding is a Mass, and comparatively as there is one gathering, processional hymn for the party of altar servers, deacons and priest, we encourage only one processional piece for the ceremony. Two popular pieces – the “Bridal Chorus” by Richard Wagner (also known as “Here Comes the Bride”), and the “Wedding March” by Felix Mendelssohn, are not used at St. Anastasia Catholic Church. These pieces are distinctly secular, and while secular music may be suited for use at a wedding reception, it is not considered appropriate for the sacred Liturgy. Remember a Catholic wedding is a liturgy and all music and actions should be easily identified as prayer. The following suggestions constitute a shortlist of appropriate musical selections for the wedding ceremony. Processional Music Trumpet Voluntary in D Major JeremiahClarke/Henry Purcell Trumpet Tune Henry Purcell Rondeau Jean-Joseph Mouret Trumpet Voluntary John Stanley Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring Johann Sebastian Bach Kanon in D Johann Pachelbel Andante George F Handel Air on the G String Johann Sebastian Bach Marche Theodore Salome Triumphal March Edward Elgar Processional Music If Thou Art Near Bach Panis Angelicus Cesar Franck Ave Verum Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ave Maria Franz Schubert Ave Maria Bach/Gounod The Gift of Love Brian Wren God is Love David Haas I Have Loved You Michael Joncas Covenant Hymn Gary Daigle Processional Music Ode to Joy Ludwig Van Beethoven Hompipe Handel Toccata from Symphony No 5 Charles-Marie Widor Trumpet Tune Purcell Allegro Vivace Handel Fanfare Jacques Lemmens Allegro vivace for Water Music Handel Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Handel Crown Imperial William Walton Postlude in D Henry Smart Fees: The organist fee includes one consultation. The current fee is $150.00. If guest musicians are assisting, a rehearsal is required prior to the wedding day, and the rehearsal fee is $75 per hour. Rehearsals will take place at St. Anastasia Catholic Church. In certain circumstances, this rehearsal may be waived, at the discretion of the Director of Music. Additional optional Professional Musicians from the parish roster include a violinist. The fee is $150.00. There are no rehearsal fees if only our parish musicians are hired. All fees should be paid in full no later than 2 weeks prior to the wedding date. Please note that musicians do not attend the “wedding rehearsal” unless specifically requested by the wedding party. A $75.00 fee incurs. PLEASE NOTE: All recordings use musicians and instruments from St Anastasia Catholic Church. The recordings are used for families selecting music for a particular celebration, and therefore, educational in nature. The recordings are not for sale or distribution. If you would like additional information about purchasing some of this music, we can direct you to sources.