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Catholic Music Recessional Idea

Hi everyone,
I'm in the process of coming up with music for the ceremony. Being involved in my parish since a young age, I thought this would be the easy part. 

Not so.

I've got just about everything down, with the exception of the recessional. My priest is not too strict, but I know he wouldn't allow anything from the radio or what have you. Music has to be prayerful, but that doesn't mean meditative... I'm looking for suggestions for upbeat recessional songs that I can use in our Catholic ceremony. Would appreciate your input. 

I should also note that we are having string players - a couple of guitars and possibly a cello or a mandolin depending on the songs - and will not have an organist.  


Re: Catholic Music Recessional Idea

  • Theresa626Theresa626 member
    edited December 2011
    So, do you want something non traditional or just any suggestion?  The standard recessional is the Mendelsohhn Bridal March.  
  • edited December 2011
    I don't think the bridal march will go over well on the guitar. . . We're looking for something a little less traditional I think. . .

    I'll give you an idea of the music we've already chosen:

    Processional: When Love Is Found
    (they plan to play it somewhat more upbeat, almost a Celtic style)

    Psalm will be Psalm 33

    Signing of the Register: Set Me As A Seal (Matt Maher version)

    Recessional.... we have no idea...
  • edited December 2011
    My priest just emailed me and said that Christian songs are fine... if anyone has any suggestions from Hillsong, Casting Crowns and the like, please send them along. :)
  • edited December 2011
    I just found this, the lyrics are beautiful and fit perfectly for a wedding...
    Lyrics to Unfailing Love (Kelly's Song)  by Jimmy Needham...
    You’re my unfathomable precious unimaginable joy
    And you’re exceedingly excited and abundantly more than I could ask for
    With your hand in mine we will pass through time and space
    And every second, every minute, every hour of every day I’ll say

    My unfailing love for you will not be moved
    For you will not be moved
    My unfailing love for you
    And though the mountains be shaken
    And the hills be removed
    Yet my unfailing love for you

    He tells a story of a King coming in glory and He is
    And that same Man who devised that plan united ours with His
    And so hand in hand we will walk with Him as our two become as one
    And all the promises He promises to us He promises will never be undone


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    edited December 2011
    He is exalted   Twila paris   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km2jPqoTtew

    Shout to the Lord-- zschech from Hillsong
    (starts low, but gains intensity..musicians can adapt)

  • mlhw NHmlhw NH member
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    edited December 2011
    We are using Lord of the Dance.  Not traditional, but we liked it!)
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  • mica178mica178 member
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    edited December 2011
    I'm using the same Psalm at my wedding!

    I like either Where There Is Love or When Love Is Found.  Both would be great on the guitar.
  • edited December 2011
    We did Allegro Maestoso by Handel for our recessional
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  • edited December 2011
    We used Onward to the Kingdom,  which is to the tune of a Scottish song  caled Marie's Wedding.  Part of the chorus of the "Catholic" version is "arm in arm in love we go"...   We had a fiddler and a guitarist play it.  Everyone loved it!

    I have a copy of the words if you would like them...
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  • edited December 2011
    Wow - I'm very familiar with Marie's wedding, I didn't realise there was a "Catholic" version! I'd love to see the words to that one! 
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