Music and Liturgical Considerations


All music selections are chosen from the repertoire of sacred or liturgical music. The music used at our Sunday liturgies is the kind of music appropriate for a wedding. Popular songs that mention God in an incidental manner are not sacred music and are not appropriate for a liturgical celebration.

All vocalists and musicians are hired from our approved musicians.

University Church is home to numerous talented musicians available for hire: organists, cantors, string quartets, woodwinds, violinists, guitarists, trumpeters, and even Uilleann pipes.

Please do not make any commitments regarding musicians or vocalists on your own. All musicians are booked by the director of music.

Do NOT book any singer or musician on your own.


Readings at a Catholic wedding proclaim the Word of God and speak to our beliefs about marriage. The passages read during the Liturgy of the Word are taken from sacred scripture (the Bible).

  • The 1st reading comes from the Old Testament (with some New Testament options during the Easter season)
  • The psalm - usually sung - comes from the Book of Psalms.
  • The 2nd 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 for liturgy. The Church provides a selection of readings for weddings from which to choose. These are available at the bottom of this page. 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.

There are a selection of texts to use for the Prayers of the Faithful at the bottom of this page. Couples should consider personalising a set for their celebration.


Music and Liturgy

Marian Hymns
As I Kneel Before You
Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)
Ave Maria (Caccini)
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman
Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above