Anne brings up a topic with which I’ve had some experience. How many others have, too?
How many of you celebrate a wedding within Sunday Eucharist? That’s not a new concept coming from Vatican II. My parents were wedded at a normal Sunday Mass in 1949. I remember other familiy members doing the same in the early 50’s. It was pretty normal back then. The wedding ritual, is of course for the two being married but Vatican II tells us it’s about the community as well, an ecclesial event.
I realize that suggesting a wedding within Sunday mass is not without problems. Video tapers and certain cultural practices may pose problems. On the other hand, with the shortage of priests, a nuptial marriage at any time other than the Sunday schedule may be a problem in the future.
My wife and I were married at a Saturday night Mass at our parish almost eleven years ago. It was an idea percolating inside my liturgist’s brain for years. Like those folks who plan out their whole wedding at a childhood age and who then just wait for a spouse and a legal age.
Anita was happily game, especially as we’d had friends through the years who did this.
At my (in)famous home parish in Rochester in the 80′s, we also had people getting married at the Thursday night Folk Mass. (Yep, that’s what they called it.)
Thoughts? It’s your turn to sit in the liturgist’s armchair on this one.