Wedding Preparation

Congratulations on your engagement!

Your decision to enter into the relationship of married life is a serious one, and it serves as a wonderful sign of hope and strength to the faith community of Old St. Joseph’s Church (OSJ).

Your decision has been reached after much discernment and prayerful thought, but it is just the first step in the process of building a successful marriage. The community at OSJ, along with your family and friends are prepared to support and encourage you in the celebration of your wedding, as well as in your life-long commitment to each other.

The time of engagement is an important period that allows you to deepen your love and prepare for the rest of your life together. In this time your commitment to one another will grow by working together in preparation for the celebration of your wedding and looking closely at the realities of marriage. It is a time for richer dialogue, greater trust and fuller sharing of your deepest and more personal hopes, dreams and values.

The pastoral staff at OSJ offers you our encouragement and prayers as you prepare for the celebration of marriage. Marriage is a sacrament of the Church, and so, it is our desire that your wedding be a profoundly spiritual experience where your witness may truly become a model and reflection of the immense love that Jesus Christ has bestowed on all the Church.


Two Phases of Marriage preparation at OSJ

  • Phase I: The Assessment & Instructional Phase
  • Phase II: The Liturgy Planning and Preparation Phase

The following sets of forms and guidelines are intended to assist in a joy-filled, reverent and prayerful celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage within the context of the Church’s prayer. These materials are meant to help you prepare not only for the wedding day, but for marriage, a lifetime experience of hope and joy, a faithful promise you have both chosen to offer and receive “in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love and honor each other all the days of your lives!” We ask you to take the time to read these materials carefully as they have been prepared to help you in planning, as well as to promote clarity regarding the expectations and requirements for weddings at OSJ.

Couples are required to complete the Pre-Cana education class(es) prior to being married in the Church.  To learn more about arranging your Pre-Cana class, please click on this link for the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Please click on the links below to access the Celebrating Marriage at OSJ which will guide you through Phase I of your preparation and then Wedding Music Planning at OSJ which will assist you in completing Phase II.

You will also find an MP3 player Wedding Music Sampler below which includes music files for the entire listing of recommended repertoire as well as a link to the Wedding Music Selection Form.

We look forward to working with you as you embark on this great journey. We are committed to working with you as you prepare to celebrate your wedding day and beyond.

With warm regards,
Rev. Walter Modrys, S.J., Pastor
Fr. Edward O’Donnell, S.J., Parochial Vicar and Wedding Coordinator
Mark Bani, Interim Director of Music

Parking on your special day

At OSJ, we do not have our own parking area.

We do however have an arrangement with the Philadelphia Parking Authority for on street parking if your wedding is on a Saturday. Click here for a special placard that may be printed and displayed on the dashboards of your guests’ vehicles. Please read the placards carefully and note the instructions. Please note that the placard is not usable if your wedding is on a Friday.

Guides and Forms

Celebrating Marriage at OSJ [ADOBE PDF]

Wedding Music Planning Guide [ADOBE PDF]

Wedding Music Selection Form [ADOBE PDF]

Sample General Intercessions [ADOBE PDF]

Wedding Music Sampler

Processional Music

  1. Canon in D • Johann Pachelbel
  2. Largo from Lute Concerto in D • Antonio Vivaldi
  3. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring • J. S. Bach
  4. Solemn Processional from Water Music • G. F. Handel
  5. Largo from Xerxes • G. F. Handel
  6. Overture from The Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 • G. F. Handel
  7. Church Sonata No. 1 in E-flat Major, K.67 • W. A. Mozart (this requires a trumpet player)
  8. The Queen’s Processional [Lauda Anima] • Traditional Setting
  9. Prelude to Te Deum • Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  10. Trumpet Tune in D Major • Henry Purcell (also Recessional Option)
  11. Trumpet Voluntary in D Major • Jeremiah Clarke (also Recessional Option)
  12. Ode to Joy from Symphony no. 9 • Ludwig van Beethoven (also Recessional Option)

Psalm Settings

  1. Psalm 33 • REFRAIN: “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” Norm Gouin
  2. Psalm 34 • REFRAIN: “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” James E. Moore, Jr.
  3. Psalm 103 • REFRAIN: “The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.” Norm Gouin
  4. Psalm 128 • REFRAIN: “Blessed are you who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.” Norm Gouin
  5. Psalm 103 • REFRAIN: “The Lord is compassionate to all his works.” Norm Gouin
  6. Proverbs 4 • REFRAIN: “May you cling to wisdom” Steven Warner

Music during Communion • Vocal Solos

  1. Love One Another • James Chepponis
  2. I Have Loved You • J. Michael Joncas
  3. One Bread One Body • John Foley, SJ
  4. Taste and See • James Moore
  5. Eat This Bread • Jacques Berthier
  6. Panis Angelicus • César Franck
  7. When Love Is Found • Traditional English Melody; Text: Brian Wren
  8. The Call • R. Vaughan Williams
  9. Ave Maria • Franz Schubert

Recessional Music

  1. Trumpet Voluntary • John Stanley
  2. Hornpipe in D from Water Music Suite • G. F. Handel
  3. Hornpipe in F • G.F. Handel
  4. The Rejoicing from The Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 • G. F. Handel
  5. Rondo-Fanfare • Jean-Joseph Mouret
  6. Rigaudon from Idoménée • Andre Campra
  7. Festive Trumpet Tune • David German
  8. Psalm XIX • Benedetto Marcello
  9. Now Thank We All Our God • J. S. Bach arr. Virgil Fox
  10. Tuba Tune • C.S. Lang
  11. The Emperor’s Fanfare • Antonio Soler
  12. Final from Symphony No. 1, Op. 14 • Louis Vierne
  13. Toccata from Symphony No. 5, Op. 42 No. 1 • Charles–Marie Widor