Choral Music Selections
Below is a short list of possible wedding anthems that are in repertoire, along with audio files or links.
William Mathias, “Let the people praise thee, O God” (partial recording)
Let the people praise thee, O God; yea, let all the people praise thee.O let the nations rejoice and be glad, for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.Then shall the earth bring forth her increase, and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
God shall bless us, and all the ends of the world shall fear him.
God be merciful unto us, and bless us: and show us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us.
That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen
Eric Whitacre, “This Marriage”
Lyrics are based on the poetry of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi master born 807 years ago in 1207….
May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.
Adrian Batten, “O Sing Joyfully”
O sing joyfully unto God our strength:
make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob.
Take the song, bring hither the tabret:
the merry harp with the lute.
Blow up the trumpet in the new moon:
ev’n in the time appointed, and upon our solemn feastday.
For this was made a statute for Israel:
and a law of the God of Jacob.
– Psalm 81:1-4
Healey Willan, “Rise up, my love, my fair one”
Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.
For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear upon the earth.
The time of singing of birds is come.
Arise my love, my fair one, and come away.
– Song of Songs 2:10
William Walton, “Set me as a seal upon thine heart”
Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm:
for love is strong as death;
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.
–Words from the Song of Solomon
Grayston Ives, “Listen, Sweet Dove”
Listen sweet Dove unto my song,
And spread thy golden wings in me;
Hatching my tender heart so long,
Till it get wing, and flie away with thee.
Such glorious gifts thou didst bestow,
That th’ earth did like a heav’n appeare;
The starres were coming down to know
If they might mend their wages, and serve here.
The sunne, which once did shine alone,
Hung down his head, and wisht for night,
When he beheld twelve sunnes for one
Going about the world, and giving light.
Lord, though we change, thou art the same;
The same sweet God of love and light:
Restore this day, for thy great name,
Unto his ancient and miraculous right.
—George Herbert, from The Temple (1633)
W.A. Mozart, Ave verum Corpus
Ave verum corpus, natum ex Maria virgine
Vere passum, immolatum In cruce pro homine
Cujus latus perforatum Vero fluxit sanguine;
Esto nobis praegustatum Mortis in examine.
O clemens, O pie, O dulcis Jesu, Fili Mariae.
Hail the true body, born of the Virgin Mary:
You who truly suffered and were sacrificed on the cross for our sake.
From whose pierced flank flowed water and blood:
Be a foretaste for us in the trial of death.
O sweet, O merciful, O Jesus, Son of Mary.