Category Archives: Rite of Marriage

Wedding Lectionary: Jeremiah 31:31-32a, 33-34a

At first glance, the post-exilic renewal of covenant seems to be an unusual choice for the wedding lectionary. This passage is part of Jeremiah’s “book of consolation,” taking up the 30th and 31st chapters.   The days are coming, says … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 12-13

(This is Neil.) This post is my belated contribution to Todd’s series on the texts usually chosen for wedding readings. It will offer some brief exegesis on the famous discourse on love in 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:8, a very common second … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16

We go deep into the apocryphal book of Sirach for this scarcely-used selection from the Wedding Lectionary. It derives from Wisdom literature, and like Tobit and the Song of Songs, has something of a poetic structure. Especially in verses 13-16 … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Tobit 7:6-14

The revised Lectionary expanded the size of the little-used Tobit 7 reading. It’s not usually a successful strategy with a future father-in-law to refuse to eat until he consents to the marriage. We covered a lot of the backstory in … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Tobit 8:4b-9

One of the more beloved Old Testament selections for a wedding liturgy is the bedtime prayer of the newlyweds Sarah and Tobiah. In popularity, it probably comes in third behind the creation accounts. These two have had a rather unorthodox … Continue reading

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Wedding Readings

For some reason, some of the CS posts on the Rite of Marriage are still generating visits. People who google “marriage” seem to end up here to the tune of twenty to thirty hits a day. In a combox, Beth … Continue reading

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Rite of Marriage 55-66: Marriage Between a Catholic and an Unbaptized Person

Chapter III of the Rite of Marriage looks at the changes and adaptations for a marriage of a Catholic and a non-Christian. An unnumbered introduction states: If marriage is celebrated between a Catholic and unbaptized person (either a catechumen or … Continue reading

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Rite of Marriage 39-54: Marriage Outside of Mass

Starting with section 39, the Rite of Marriage begins Chapter II, “Rite of Celebrating Marriage Outside Mass.” There’s not much to add to the previous section, except some logical rubrics and guidelines for the circumstance. In fact, the prescriptions for … Continue reading

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Wedding Mass Marriage Rite 37-38: At The End Of Mass, Also Multiples

    With this post, we come to the end of the rubrics on the wedding Mass. As we’ve mentioned before, a significant appendix with additional and optional texts will give couples, liturgists, and priests many more options than the … Continue reading

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Wedding Mass Marriage Rite 33-36: Nuptial Blessing, etc.

We continue with the rubrics and texts of the Communion Rite in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The RM tells us the Lord’s Prayer is shortened 33. After the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer Deliver us is omit­ted. The priest faces … Continue reading

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Wedding Mass Marriage Rite 30-32: Liturgy of the Eucharist

Not much in quantity is offered in the Rite’s notes on the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Those numbers referenced are part of the extensive appendix to the Rite of Marriage which provides readings, prayers, and various options. 30. The Order … Continue reading

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Wedding Mass Marriage Rite 27-29: Rings and Intercessions

  After the exchange of vows or consent, the priest blesses the rings and facilitates their exchange: 27. Priest:     May the Lord bless + these rings which you give to each other as the sign of your love … Continue reading

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Wedding Mass Marriage Rite 25-26: Consent

The next two sections outline how the couple is to publicly consent to marriage, through either a stated intention by a ritual formula, or by a response to a single (but long) question offered by the priest:   25. The … Continue reading

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Wedding Mass Marriage Rite 23-24

The Rite puts most of its substance into the marriage rituals themselves. After the homily, the priest is instructed to give a brief address: RITE OF MARRIAGE 23. All stand, including the bride and bridegroom, and the priest addresses them … Continue reading

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Wedding Mass Liturgy of the Word RM 21-22

The particular directives for the Liturgy of the Word are brief: 21. The liturgy of the word is celebrated according to the rubrics. There may be three readings, the first of them from the Old Testament.         … Continue reading

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