Marriage Preparation

Wedding Bands

St. John's is eager to work with our engaged couples so that their wedding day is the happiest day of their lives. Please contact the rectory to set up an appointment to book you special day BEFORE you book your reception, to be sure that the date that you desire is available. Weddings are celebrated on Friday Evenings at 5:30 p.m. or Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon, and again at 5:30 p.m. Saturday Evenings. Weddings can also be celebrated on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.

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Choosing Music for Your Wedding

The following list of music is offered as a guide to help you in choosing appropriate music for your wedding. This is by no means a complete or exhaustive list. While we do try to honor special music requests please note that the text of your music selections must be sacred. Saint John Parish uses the hymnal Breaking Bread, published by OCP. It is important to set up a meeting with the music director to discuss the music options for your wedding at least 6-8 weeks in advance.

Settings of the Gospel and Eucharistic Acclamations are chosen at the discretion of the music director.

Approximately 20-30 minutes of prelude music will also be provided before the wedding.

While you are permitted to invite friends or family to sing one selection at your wedding (at the discretion of the Music Director), it is the policy of St. John's church that one of our experienced cantors be contracted to sing the rest of the service.

Contact our Music Director Paul Hoffman by email or by calling (617) 610-2255 to schedule a time to discuss the music for your wedding.

download wedding music planning worksheet (PDF).

The audio samples below are performed by Paul Hoffman on the Allen organ at St. Johns.
Organ Processionals and Recessionals  
Canon in D by J. Pachelbel (processional)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by J. S. Bach (processional)  
Wedding March from Lohengrin by R. Wagner (processional)
Trumpet Voluntary by J. Clarke (processional)
Trumpet Tune by J. Clarke (processional or Recessional)  
Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream by F. Mendelssohn (Recessional)
Ode to Joy by L. V. Beethoven (Recessional)
Trumpet Tune by J. J. Mouret (Recessional)
Finale from Water Music Suite by G. F. Handel (Recessional)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by G. F. Handel (Recessional)
Responsorial Psalms
Psalm 25: I Lift Up My Soul - Tim Manion (during Advent season)  
Psalm 25: To You, O Lord - Marty Haugen (during Advent season)  
Psalm 33: The Earth Is Full - Marty Haugen  
Psalm 34: Taste and See - Bob Hurd  
Psalm 34: Taste and See - Michael Connolly  
Psalm 103: Loving and Forgiving - Scott Soper  
Psalm 128: Blest Are Those Who Love You - Marty Haugen  
Psalm 145: I Will Praise Your Name - Marty Haugen  
Preparation of the Gifts/Meditation Hymns
Blest Are They - David Haas  
Faith, Hope and Love - David Haas  
I Have Loved You - Michael Joncas  
The Servant Song - Richard Gillard  
We Have Been Told - David Haas  
When Love Is Found - O WALY WALY  
Where Love Is Found - Dan Schutte  
Wherever You Go - Weston Priory  
Communion Processionals
Behold the Lamb - Martin Willett  
One Bread, One Body - John Foley  
Pan De Vida - Bob Hurd  
Taste and See - James E. Moore, Jr.  

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