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 and fidelity.

 

 

Amen.

 

 

 

Other forms of the blessing of the rings, nos. 110 or 111, may be chosen.

28. The bridegroom places his wife’s ring on her ring finger. He may say:

N., take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

The bride places her husband’s ring on his ring finger. She may say:

N., take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Interesting that the rubrics state these words “may” be used. I cannot recall this exchange ever being done with different words. I wonder if it has ever been done in silence.

29. The general intercessions (prayer of the faithful) follow, using formulas approved by the conference of bishops. If the rubrics call for it, the profession of faith is said after the general intercessions.

 

 

Note the curious placement of the profession of faith: after the general intercessions. Should I feel chagrin at my liturgical suggestion to put it before the exchange of vows?

 

 

 

 

Y’all have been rather silent the past few days on the wedding posts. No unity candle here, I’m sure you’ve noticed.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Wedding Mass Marriage Rite 27-29: Rings and Intercessions

  1. fraustinfleming says:

    I’ve had a number of instances where the rings were exchanged in silence. These have been in the case of a marriage where one party is not baptized. Sometimes, the person not baptized is awkward bestowing a gift the spouse with a Trinitarian reference in which he/she may have not faith. Other occasions have been when a couple opts to exchange consent through questions because they are nervous about “having to say too much.” The rite does not provide a Q&A between presider and bride and groom for the rings. If the blessing of the rings is done reverently, for all to see, and the exchange can be witnessed by the assembly, doing it in silence can be effective both for the couple and the people.

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