Music not allowed @ catholic wedding

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Music not allowed @ catholic wedding
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Mon, 08-02-2010 - 8:35pm
We went to our nephews wedding Saturday. It was Catholic. Full mass and all. I learned years ago. The song Here Comes the Bride is not allowed to be played. Something to do with something satan or satanic. After church was over. I mention it to dh. He says yeah it's one of those not allowed songs. If this is true. You would think the organist would know this. Assuming they are Catholic. Tell the couple when planning their music. This or that song is not allowed and why. Or the priest would of said something ahead of time.

 

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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 8:22pm

I'm a practicing Catholic, my whole family is Catholic, (7 Aunts and Uncles on my Dad's side alone, not counting their spouses!) and I have been to countless Catholic weddings. I have NEVER heard that!! We have had music, but it is usually a fanfare for the bride, and the traditional hymns, or a choice of hymns.

G-d himself gave us music and joyful noise! Why would it be satanic to use His gits to celebrate a blessed union?

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 10:41pm

That's how I remember the reasoning -- not that it was from an opera, but that the context in the opera made it inappropriate.


In our wedding, my husband very much wanted to use the Ashokan Farewell, which is a song featured in the PBS/Ken Burns Civil War documentary. I think the music director was hesitant, but allowed it, most likely because it was an instrumental.


Polly

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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 12:22am

The Bridal March has something to do with pagan ritual in the opera. Not satanic, but rather, inappropriate. And it isn't just the Catholic Church that recommends against, it but I got married in a United Church, and was told not to use it.

As for the fact it is secular.... Really, the procession isn't part of the Mass so a secular song can be used. HOWEVER, not during the Mass itself. Of course, it is up to the priest to say yay or nay.




Marianne, mom to Margaret (01/02), Elizabeth (03/04) and Annabelle (07/07)

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Marianne, mom to Margaret (01/02), Elizabeth (03/04) and Annabelle (07/07)
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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 9:32pm
That settles that one. It was someone who still practices the old Latin traditions and goes to a Latin mass told me that song had to do with Satan. I figured her very knowledgeable on the Catholic teachings. Figured it was true.

 

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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 5:10pm

When I think of sacred vs. secular, I usually think of text.

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Thu, 08-05-2010 - 12:53pm

It has nothing to do with the song being satanic or anything like that.