Music for Weddings
All couples getting married at Church of the Little Flower must schedule a Music Planning Session with our Associate Director of Music, Luis J. Cuza. During this meeting you will be walked through the entire ceremony, and you will have the opportunity to listen to several musical selections and discuss the musical options for your special day. This meeting must occur at least 2 months prior to your wedding date.
Typical appointment times are:
- Monday-Thursday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm,
- Sunday at 1:30 pm.
To schedule your one-on-one Music Planning Session, or to answer any questions regarding wedding music, please contact Luis J. Cuza via email at LCuza@cotlf.org, or by phone at (305) 446-9950, Ext. 308.
Music for Weddings in the Roman Catholic Church
Wedding music must conform to the guidelines for liturgical sacramental celebrations. It is an integral part of the Liturgy and should promote an atmosphere of prayer. Sacred music is always the proper setting for the Wedding Liturgy. Arrangements for your music must be made during your personal, Liturgical Planning Sessions with the Associate Director of Music no later than 2 months prior to your wedding date in order to ensure proper selection.
Liturgical Planning Session (LPS)
As per our pastor, all couples getting married at Church of the Little Flower are require to schedule a Liturgical Planning Session with the Associate Director of Music. Couples will have the opportunity to hear musical selections both instrumental and sung, and make their selections for their wedding. The Associate Director of Music will complete a Liturgy Planner Form which will also give couples the opportunity to select the readings for their wedding ceremony. Couples must select 2 readings (one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament.) These readings can be found on the right side of the page (Forms > Readings).
It is the policy at Church of the Little Flower that only parish musicians must be utilized for all Wedding Liturgies. A soloist/cantor and organist will be selected from the pastor approved pool of parish musicians. Although it is discouraged that outside musicians perform at weddings, an exception may be made only with the written approval of the Associate Director of Music. Approval of outside musicians can only be made no later than 2 months prior to the wedding date. Outside musicians can only participate in one song during the ceremony. It is helpful if the cantor/musician is of the Catholic faith and is experienced with Catholic Liturgy. Please note that whether or not an outside musician is approved, a parish cantor and organist will be present as they are already included in the wedding fees.
Selecting Music for your Wedding Liturgy
All music should be selected from the menu of musical works provided by Church of the Little Flower. In various cases, certain songs not on the menu provided can be used. However, this must be discussed at the Liturgical Planning Session and approved by the Associate Director of Music. All music must be sacred and have lyrics which express Christian values. The music should fit the part of the ceremony in which it is used and should not cause delays in the ceremony. The music should be artistically high quality music, sacred, classical in style, and the text should be a meaningful fit for the sacramental moment. Secular music (non-sacred/popular) should only be kept for use at the reception as it is not permitted during a liturgy. Certain instrumental classical musical works are appropriate.
- For weddings with a mass, all mass parts/service music will be pre-selected. This includes the Responsorial Psalm, Gospel Acclamation, Sanctus, Memorial Acclamation, and Lamb of God.
- Solos should never be so long that they interfere with the flow or movement of the liturgy.
- Recorded music of any kind is not permitted.
- Musicians will not be attending the wedding rehearsal.
Music During a Special Liturgical Season
The seasons of Advent (four weeks before Christmas), and Lend (40 days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Week) are penitential seasons in the worship calendar of the Catholic Church. The “Alleluia” is not sung during Lent. In its place, “Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless