MUSICAL SELECTIONS INCLUDED IN ALL WEDDING CEREMONIES
– Music before the Liturgy begins, the time when your guests are arriving. This music sets the mood, light classical and baroque, happy, melodies that are often recognized. This set is usually determined by the Director of Music and varies little from each Basilica wedding liturgy.
Chiming of the Hour
– Westminster Peal, a well-known ringing of the Basilica Carillon, it takes place each hour on the dot. It concludes with a single toll for each hour, i.e. two tolls at 2 p.m., etc.
The Basilica of St. Lawrence has a three part procession at the beginning of each wedding. One song is chosen for the Formal Seating; one song is chosen for the Bridal Party Procession, and one song is chosen for the Bridal Entrance.
– A selection chosen during the conference of the couple and the Music Director for use during the escorted seating honored guests; typically Grandmothers, Step-mothers, and Mothers of the bride and groom.
Bridal Party Procession
– A selection chosen during the conference of the couple and the Music Director for use during the procession or entrance of the clergy, groom, groomsmen, bridal attendants, ring bearers and flower girls.
– A selection chosen during the conference of the couple and the Music Director for use while the bride and her escort approach the Altar. Responsorial Psalm – The sung refrain and verses of a Psalm, found in the “Together for Life” booklet, C section.
Gospel Acclamation Verse
– Also known as the Alleluia, this sung refrain and verse is found in the “Together for Life” booklet, E section.
– A selection chosen during the conference of the couple and the Music Director for use during the departure of the couple, wedding party, clergy, and honored guests.
– Music while the congregation leaves the church.
ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS WHEN THE MASS IS INCLUDED
Presentation of Gifts Hymn – Also known as the Offertory, this congregational hymn is chosen during the conference of the couple and the Music Director, while the gifts of bread and wine are taken to the Altar.
Mass Commons – The sung responses of the Liturgy of the Eucharist: these include the Holy, Holy; Memorial Acclamation; Amen; and Lamb of God.
Communion Hymn – Congregational hymns chosen during the reception of Holy Communion. These hymns should be Eucharistic in nature. Frequently chosen Communion hymns are: One Bread, One Body; Gift of Finest Wheat; and Seed, Scattered and Sown. Depending on the number of guests, more than one hymn during this time may be necessary.