Music for your Wedding at the Cathedral Basilica

Please contact the Music Office at least 3 months prior to your wedding.  Dr. Romeri, our Director of Music, will meet with you and assist you in selecting your music, cantor, instrumentalists, as well as creating your program for your wedding liturgy.  PLEASE do not hire ANY outside musicians before you speak with Dr. Romeri.   It is our STRONG PREFERENCE to use our staff instrumentalists (strings, woodwinds, brass, harp, timpani); they are some of the finest in Philadelphia. They perform regularly here at the Cathedral Basilica and know the requirements of the liturgy as well as our cathedral space. Cathedral Staff Organists and Staff Cantors are used for ALL weddings.

ALL wedding fees must be paid two weeks prior to the wedding.  No music can be performed without full payment. Complete details will be explained at the Couples Meetings.  In addition, Wedding Programs can be prepared by the Office for Liturgical Music.  Sample programs will be given at the couples meetings. 

Call 215-587-3696 or email jromeri@archphila.org to register to attend one of the following Wedding Music Meetings with couples:

Upcoming Weddings:

Friday, March 28 at 4 PM               Jeff Chapman, Cantor; Trumpet
Saturday, March 29 at 3 PM           
Jackie Dunleavy, Cantor
Friday, April 4 at 3 PM                    Jackie Dunleavy, Cantor
Saturday, April 26 at 3 PM              Marcelle McGuirk, Cantor; Trumpet, Harp, Violin
Saturday, May 3 at 1 PM                Charlene Angelini, Cantor
Saturday, May 3 at 3 PM                Jackie Dunleavy, Cantor; Violin, Trumpet, Harp
Saturday, May 10 at 3 PM              Jeff Chapman, Cantor
Saturday, May 24 at 3 PM              Marcelle McGuirk, Cantor; Trumpet, Violin
Saturday, June 7 at 3 PM               Charlene Angelini, Cantor; Trumpet, Violin, Harp, Small Choir
Saturday, June 21 at 1 PM            
Charlene Angelini, Cantor; Trumpet, Violin
Saturday, June 21 at 3 PM             Charlene Angelini, Cantor; Trumpet, Violin, Harp, Timpani
Saturday, June 28 at 3 PM            
Charlene Angelini, Cantor; Trumpet, Violin
Saturday, August 16 at 3PM          Jeff Chapman, Cantor; Trumpet
Saturday, August 23 at 1 PM         Charlene Angelini, Cantor


Some Wedding Music Suggestions:

Processional Marches:
Trumpet Voluntary      Henry Purcell
Trumpet Tune in D Major    David Johnson
Te Deum    Marc Charpentier
Procession Alegre   Gary Cornell
Trumpet Tune and March     Henry Purcell
Canon in D   Johann Pachelbel
Musique Royale   Richard Delalande

Nuptial Mass – Major Propers

According to the 1972 Graduale Romanum (GR) for the Ordinary Form, the Nuptial Mass has several options for the sung propers:

Introit
GR:   God is in his holy dwelling place; the God who causes us to dwell together, one at heart, in his house; he himself will give power and strength to his people. (Ps 68 (67): 6, 7, 36)
Roman Missal:   Entrance Antiphon                                                                 Cf. Ps 19: 3, 5
May the Lord send you help from the holy place, and give you support from Sion. May he grant you your hearts ‘ desire, and fulfill every one of your designs (E.T. alleluia).

Roman Missal, option B      Entrance Antiphon                                            Cf. Ps 89: 14, 17
At dawn, O Lord, fill us with your merciful love, and we shall exult and rejoice all our days. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us and upon the work of our hands (E.T. alleluia).

Roman Missal, option C    Entrance Antiphon                                                Cf. Ps 144: 2, 9
I will bless you day after day, O Lord, and praise your name forever and ever, for you are kind to all, and compassionate to all your creatures (E.T. alleluia).

Opening Hymns:
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You
Praise to the Lord, the Almight
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

God of Love and Joy and Laughter  (can be sung to Ode To Joy)

  1. God of love and joy and laughter,                 2.      When we join in celebration,
    Calling us to fruitful days.                                        Grateful for abundant gifts,
    May we be the echoes after                                      Send again that revelation
    Church and people sing your praise.                     Of your grace that heals all rifts.
    Your  love calls our love to being,                          Grant us love that’s deeper, stronger,
    Grows, surrounds, up-builds and holds,              As the days turn into years,
    Clears our eyes for keenly seeing                           Wisdom fuller, patience longer
    All the world your love enfolds.                              Faith and hope through joy and tears.

3.   Now we ask your benediction—
Blessing, challenge, all in one.
Calm our stress, but use its friction
That, through us, your will be done.
Keep our hope as fresh as morning.
Keep our zeal warm as the sun.
Keep our joy, as spring aborning
Cheers the hearts of everyone.

Text:  87 87 D; Jane Parker Huber from A Singing Faith ©1987 The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, PA

Let’s Praise The Creator (can be sung to Kremser)
Let’s praise the Creator who gave us each other
In friendship and kinship to celebrate life,
Let’s sing our delight in this man and this woman,
The promise of joy as a husband and wife.

The love that we wish them, the love that we pray for
Is stronger than storms and more gentle than breath,
Endures every trouble, is selfless and faithful,
More precious than life and more lasting than death.

In vows that are honored, in kissing and blessing
May happiness shine like the gold of a ring,
In passionate joy and compassionate caring
May theirs be the gifts that true loving can bring.

Text: 12 11 12 11;  Shirley Erena Murray;  ©1992 Hope Publishing Co.

Hear Us Now, Our God and Father   (can be sung to Hyfrodol)

Hear us now, our God and Father,                Give them joy to lighten sorrow!
Send your Spirit from above                            Give them hope to brighten life!
On this Christian man and woman                 Go with them to face the morrow,
Who here make their vows of love!                 Stay with them in ev’ry strife.
Bind their hearts in true devotion                   As your Word has promised, ever
Endless as the seashore’s sands,                     Fill them with your strength and grace
Boundless as the deepest oceans,                    So that each may serve the other
Blest and sealed by your own hands.             Till they see you face to face.

May the grace of Christ, our Savior,
And the Father’s boundless love,
With the Holy Spirit’s favor
Rest upon them from above.
Thus may they abide in union
With each other and the Lord,
And possess in sweet communion
Joys which earth cannot afford.

Text: 87 87 D; Vss 1 & 2 Harry N Huxhold, ©1978, Lutheran Book of Worship. All rights reserved.   Used with permission of Augsburg Fortress. Vs. 3 John Newton, 1725-1807, alt

God, Who Created Hearts To Love  (can be sung to Lasst Uns Erfreuen)

God, who created hearts to love,                              Jesus at Cana gave a sign,
Show’ring all blessings from above,                         Turning the water into wine:
Alleluia! Alleluia!                                                         Alleluia! Alleluia!
Give these who come to you with praise,                Sign that continues as he said—
Peace, love and laughter all their days.                    Love, living, risen from the dead.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!         Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Spirit of God, be at their side:                                   Sing, friends and fam’ly gathered here,
Wisdom and comfort, guardian, guide.                   Voices in witness ringing clear;
Alleluia! Alleluia!                                                          Alleluia! Alleluia!
Make of their hearts a resting place;                        Here is the mystery begun:
In ev’ry trial, gentle grace.                                         Woman and man becoming one.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!        Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Text: LM with alleluias; M.D. Ridge, © 1992, M.D. Ridge. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.
Music: Auserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesänge, Cologne, 1623

At a Wedding Mass the Penitential Act is omitted. The Glória in excélsis (Glory to God in the highest) is said or sung.

Communion, Option 1
GR:   Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God; blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God; blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 5: 8, 9, 10)

Communion, Option 2
GR:  Seek first the kingdom of God, and all the rest will be given to you in addition, says the Lord. (Mt 6: 33)

Roman Missal:    Communion Antiphon                                                      Cf. Eph 5: 25, 27
Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for her, to present her as a holy and spotless bride for himself (E.T. alleluia).

Roman Missal, option B    Communion Antiphon                                                     Jn 13: 34
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you, says the Lord (E.T. alleluia).

Roman Missal, option C    Communion Antiphon                                               Ps 33: 2, 9
I will bless the Lord at all times, praise of him is always in my mouth. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed the man who seeks refuge in him (E.T. alleluia).

Communion Hymns:
Love One Another• James Chepponis
I Have Loved You• J. Michael Joncas
Taste and See• James Moore
Eat This Bread• Jacques Berthier
Gift of Finest Wheat•  Robert Kreutz

Wedding Vocal Solos and Choral Pieces:
Where there is Love   Johann S. Bach
Whither Thou Goest   Flor Peeters   (The Wedding Song)
Whither Thou Goest   Heinrich Schutz
Ave Maria   Franz Schubert
Ave Maria   Bach-Gounod
Thy Perfect Love   John Rutter
Servant Song   Richard Gillard
The Gift of Love     arr. Hal Hopson
May Love Be Ours    Michael Joncas   (Not for Tongues of Heaven's Angels)
May the Grace of Christ our Savior    Johann S. Bach      (Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring)
Panis Angelicus    Cesar Franck
Laudate Dominum     Wolfgang Mozart
Let the Bright Seraphim    George F. Handel
The Call     Ralph Vaughan Williams  (Come My Way, My Truth, My Love)
Ave Maria   Philip Stopford
The Call    Randall Stroope

Recessional Marches:
Trumpet Tune     Henry Purcell
Hornpipe   George Handel
Ode to Joy   Ludwig van Beethoven
Rondeau   Jean-Joseph Mouret
Trumpet Tune   John Stanley
Psalm 19  Benedetto Marcello

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Music Staff Contact

Dr. John A. Romeri, AAGO, ChM
215-587-3696
Director of Music and Organist

Dr. Steven Ball
Artist in Residence

Mr. Zach Hemenway
Archdiocesan Organist