Thursday, May 21, 2009

Celebration and Blessing of Marriage ...

Last Saturday morning, the Senior Choir at Chapel of the Cross very happily sung at the marriage of Theresa Zucchero and Dave Scocca.

It was a wonderful celebration of music and fellowship.

Theresa requested the Bruckner setting of the Ave Maria. So the Senior Choir spent a couple of weeks learning this wonderful piece.

Here is the Order of Worship. Numbers are out of The Hymnal 1982.

Seating of the Mothers:
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach)

Bridal Processional:
The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune (Hymn 377; R.V. Williams)

Here I will interrupt my list. This was treated as a Processional Hymn, so the people sang with the choir. Those of you familiar with this setting know there is the fanfare before verses 1 and 5. The bride processed in to the fanfare preceding verse 5.

Declaration of Consent
The Collect
The First Lesson: Colossians 3:12-17
Paslm: Ps150 (Anglican chant setting by G.S. Talbot)
The Second Lesson: 1 John 4:7-16
Sequence Hymn: 376, Joyful, joyful we adore thee (HYMN TO JOY)
The Gospel: Mark 10:6-9; 13-16
The Homily
The Marriage
The Prayers
The Blessing of the Marriage
The Peace
Offertory Anthem: Ave Maria (A. Bruckner)
The Great Thanksgiving
Sanctus: S-130, Deutsche Messe (F. Schubert)
The Breaking of the Bread
Communion motet: Ubi caritas et amor (M. Duruflé)
Communion hymn: 516, Come down, O love divine (DOWN AMPNEY)
The Prayer after the Communion
Closing Hymn: 665, All my hope on God is founded (MICHAEL)
The Blessing
The Dismissal
Recessional: Toccata from Symphonie V (C.-M. Widor)

Congratulations again to Dave and Theresa Scocca.

I'll end with a very sweet poem that was included as a wedding favour from their reception. Each guest received a small bag filled with five sweet almonds.

Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.
Five wishes for the new husband and wife –
Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!

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