Music and Liturgical Considerations
In keeping with the liturgical norms and archdiocesan expectations, University Church requires that all music selections be chosen from the repertoire of sacred or liturgical music. The music used at the Sunday Eucharist is illustrative of the kind of music appropriate for the wedding rites. Popular songs that mention God in an incidental manner are not sacred music and are not allowed at liturgical celebration.
All couples are required to meet with the Director of Music and Liturgy to review their liturgical celebration and carefully plan its music. The Director will assist you in choosing music that reflects the sacred characters of the sacrament you are going to celebrate.
Couples MUST NOT book any singer or musician.
All vocalists and musicians will be hired from our list of approved musicians. Please do not make prior commitments regarding musicians or vocalists.
University Church is home to numerous talented musicians available for hire: organists, cantors, string quartets, woodwinds, violinists, guitarists, trumpeters, and even Uilleann pipes.
Should you want a friend or relative to present a special piece of sacred music these requests will be discussed at your music planning session. The Director will help you determine what combination of musicians will best serve your liturgical celebration.
A selection of wedding music is available for preview on our website, newman.nd.edu. All of this will be discussed in more detail at your liturgy planning meeting.
The readings at a Catholic wedding liturgy proclaim the Word of God and speak to our beliefs about marriage. For this reason, the passages read during the Liturgy of the Word are taken from sacred scripture (the Bible). The first reading is from the Old Testament (with some New Testament options during the Easter season) while the second reading comes from the New Testament. These are followed by a reading from one of the Gospels.
The Catholic Church in Ireland uses the Jerusalem Bible translation for liturgy. The Church provides a selection of readings for weddings from which to choose. You may find it helpful to reflect prayerfully on each reading and to choose those that speak to your hopes and dreams for your Christian marriage. It is always important to review your readings with the priest who is celebrating your wedding.
We also link to a selection of texts for use as General Intercessions (Prayers of the Faithful). Couples should consider personalising a set for their celebration.