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Friday, July 24, 2009
Choosing Music for a Tridentine Nuptial Mass

I have recently been following a discussion over which music to include in a Traditional Nuptial Mass. I have heard a few varying recommendations that I would like to pass along. Please include your recommendation in the comments. What Kyrie, Credo, Sanctus, etc. would your idea nuptial Mass include...

Updated: It has also been recommended to me that those preparing for a Nuptial High Mass should read the Guideline for Liturgies Services for the Nuptial High Mass (.pdf) available on the website of Sancta Missa.


Kyrie II

Kyrie IV


Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli or Credo IV if the choir is unable to sing the first choice

Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli

Credo IV


Sanctus IV

Recommendation from a Blog Reader:

I wish to aid you in this effort by mentioning that the Mozart requiem Mass is not the first thing that comes to mind for a nuptial Mass. The Sanctus for that Mass would work, but the Kyrie and Agnus dei seem a little too mounrful. The C minor's solemnity is better suited to the occasion, though it is incomplete. You might want to add Haydn's Kleine Orgelmesse to the list. It clips along at a nice pace and is decently suited to the character of the liturgy.

Polyphonic settings are always a plus and preferred by the Church. In general, I try to avoid symphonic settings, though for a wedding, something out of the ordinary would be nice. One thing I learned while in Chicago [at the Sacred Music Colloquium] is that symphonic Masses are NOT suited to a Novus Ordo Mass. There is so little liturgical action that the priest finds himself waiting for the music to end. Back to polyphonic Masses, one that I sang recently that is very well done is the Mass for five voices by Byrd. I tried looking for it on Youtube to no avail. Perhaps you will fare better. Schubert is lovely but I hesitate to recommend it as he makes inappropriate textual changes (leaves out a portion of the Credo and includes the intonation for the Gloria).

God bless,


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