Recordings Categorized

Below you will find pieces and wedding songs arranged according to where they should be performed in the mass. Most pieces can be played at any stage, but there are a few exceptions.

There is generally a preference for instrumental music here - examples given below - but some songs/hymns might also fit in.

Air on a G String from Orchestral Suite No. 3 (J. S. Bach)

The Flower Duet from Lakmé (L. Delibes)

Canon in D (J. Pachelbel)

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J. S. Bach)

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J. S. Bach) - instrumental

Spring from Four Seasons (A. Vivaldi)

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (G. F. Handel)

Clair de Lune (C. Debussy)

Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream (F. Mendelssohn)

Róisín Dubh (traditional Irish)

The Coolin (traditional Irish)

The Dawning of the Day (traditional Irish)

The Mountains of Mourne (P. French) - instrumental

She Moved Through the Fair (traditional Irish) - instrumental

The Cliffs of Dooneen (traditional Irish) - instrumental

The Sally Gardens (traditional Irish) - instrumental

Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission (E. Morricone)

Only the following would be appropriate, because the responsorial psalm is a particular type of hymn.

Be Still My Soul from Finlandia (J. Sibelius)

On Eagles' Wings (M. Joncas)

Paidir na Trinóide (L. Lawton)

Be Not Afraid (R. J. Dufford S. J.)

Here I am Lord (D. Schutte S. J.)

The Lord is My Shepherd (J. Irvine)

Críost Liom (S. Ó Riada)

Hiding Place (L. Lawton)

Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace (traditional hymn)

Bí Thusa Im' Shúile (traditional)

Be Thou My Vision (traditional)

As this is a very short period of time in the mass, this is where a short instrumental could be played, such as a piece from the list of Irish instrumentals.

Any of the hymns (classical, modern or Irish) may be sung here. Also any of the instrumentals. Strictly speaking, all non-religious songs should be left till the signing of the register. However, some classical songs might be allowed - the Flower Duet for example - or also some modern songs with religious overtones, such as The Prayer and You Raise Me Up.

As for the offertory.

The only thing to bear in mind is that this is slightly shorter in duration than the offertory, so a shorter song/piece of music would be more suitable.

As for the offertory. Two pieces are generally required.

As for the offertory. Two pieces are generally required.

But as the mass has come to an end at this point, the celebrant (priest) of the mass is generally happy to allow modern (pop) non-religious songs at this point, such as:

What A Wonderful World (G. Weiss/B. Thiele)

May It Be (Enya)

Come What May from Moulin Rouge (D. Baerwald)

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (C. Porter)

Songbird (C. McVie/E. Cassidy)

All I Ask Of You from The Phantom of the Opera (A. L. Webber)

Somewhere Over The Rainbow (E. Y. Harburg/H. Arlen)

The Rose (A. McBroom)

Hallelujah (L. Cohen)

You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel (R. Rodgers/O. Hammerstein)

Somewhere from West Side Story (L. Bernstein/S. Sondheim)

And I Love You So (D. McLean)

Perhaps Love (J. Denver)

The Long And Winding Road (J. Lennon/P. Mc Cartney)

She (H. Kretzmer and C. Aznavour)

The Prayer (C. Bayer Sager/D. Foster)

There is generally a preference for an instrumental piece here, but any song or hymn would also be appropriate. Below are some suggestions:

Eagle's Whistle (traditional Irish)

Shamrock Shore (traditional Irish)

O'Carolan's Concerto (T. O'Carolan)

Planxty Irwin (T. O'Carolan)

Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream (F. Mendelssohn)

Spring from Four Seasons (A. Vivaldi)

Ode to Joy (L. van Beethoven)

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (G. F. Handel)

What A Wonderful World (G. Weiss/B. Thiele)

You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel (R. Rodgers/O. Hammerstein)

Down To The River To Pray (traditional hymn)

Trumpet Voluntary (J. Clarke)