This collection of music for your wedding day has been drawn from a number of my published collections and it is my hope that you will find this a helpful resource in choosing music for your special day. The Christian wedding ceremony is about gathering in Gods presence with family and friends to invoke Gods sacramental blessing on your lives together. There are many elements of this liturgical celebration and music can greatly enhance the occasion. Today there are many resources to choose from, but all too often we limit ourselves to what we already know or have already heard at other weddings in the past. This collection is an opportunity to praise God in a new way.
One question that continually arises concerns the use of secular music - non religious music - in our wedding services and whether or not this is permissible. I would like to think that when we gather in Church we are there to express our faith and belief in God and in Jesus Christ. If the music that I use will do this then it is wholly appropriate. Very often couples may wish to use some beautiful love songs that may be special to them with many memories. However I would suggest that such songs might be used later, outside of the liturgical celebration. God has blessed us with many gifts and is present in a very special way in the sacrament of marriage. It is thus fitting that we should give God thanks and praise when we come together to pray for His blessing. This praise is not only through our words, but also in our songs.
The music listed in this collection is divided into the various elements of the Mass with choices within each section. This allows the couple to make suggestions and choices for themselves. The book is accompanied by a CD recording to help in these choices. This music can also be used for wedding celebrations where Mass is not celebrated, for example in an interfaith marriage.
It would be a pity to leave the choice of music merely to those who are responsible for providing the music. It is you, the couple whose wedding it is, who should choose the music with the help of those who are involved with the music ministry. It is a good idea to talk about your choices and discuss these with the priest or minister who is officiating at the wedding. Why not encourage the family and friends gathered for the wedding to join in the singing? You can do this by asking the Cantor or the Soloist to invite all to participate and also by providing the words in your wedding booklet or on a separate sheet if you are not using a booklet. If people are encouraged to be involved they will respond.
Music is full of memory and I hope and believe that using this music will enhance your special day - a day in which family and friends can be mere spectators or members of the family of God who gather to express their faith and belief and invoke Gods blessing on two very special people at a very special moment in their lives. May they, and you, do so with a song in your hearts and a prayer on your lips. - Liam Lawton
Holy is God (The Clouds Veil) Sing a Song (The Clouds Veil)
Blest are You (In the Quiet)
Hiding Place (The Clouds Veil)
How Can I Repay the Lord (Light the Fire)
Pilgrim Song (Alleluia) (Light the Fire)
Preparation of Gifts (Offertory Procession)
The Weaver (Light the Fire)
Se do Bheatha Mhuire
Sign of Peace
Peace Prayer (Light the Fire)
I will be the Vine (The Clouds Veil)
Come to the Feast Divine (In the Quiet)
When this Day is Done (In the Quiet)
The Magnificat: Glorify the Lord (Ancient Ways)
On the Journey (The Clouds Veil)
Signing the Register
The Clouds Veil (The Clouds Veil) This Is (In the Quiet)
For the past number of years Liam Lawton has been writing, composing and performing his unique style of inspirational music. In March 2004 Liam's talents were recognized by recording giant EMI who signed him for a number of albums. His EMI debut Another World was released in Ireland later that year featuring guest artists as Brian Kennedy, The Celtic Tenors, Fionnuala Sherry of Secret Garden, Moya Brennan, Eimear Quinn, Roisin O'Reilly amongst others. This album achieved double platinum status and was followed by his second album Time which also was hugely successful. Time was recorded with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in the beautiful city of Prague with arrangements by well known Chicago Symphony arranger Gary Fry. Liam's third album Christmas Song includes a collection of Liam's own favourite Christmas pieces with some new original music also.
Liam Lawton's music has been recognized for its unique quality. His poetic lyrics are inspired by many sources including the ancient texts of Celtic Ireland, he is also at home writing contemporary music. Much of Liam's inspiration is drawn from the landscape of Ireland with its own dark and rich history. His melodies are full of pathos and can stir the heart and his music has been used in many an auspicious occasions for example the memorial services of 9/11 to concerts in such places as the Vatican, The White House and The Chicago Symphony Hall to the weddings of pop stars and glitterati. Liam's choral music is used by choirs all over the English speaking world and has been translated into Spanish, German and Swedish.