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 basics listed so far. Disclaimer: do not use this blog series to plan your wedding.
BLESSING AT THE END OF MASS
37. Before blessing the people at the end of Mass, the priest blesses the bride and bridegroom, using one of the forms in nos. 125-127. .
In the dioceses of the United States, the following form maybe used:
May almighty God, with his Word of blessing, unite your hearts in the never-ending bond of pure love.
May your children bring you happiness, and may your generous love for them be returned to you, many times over.
May the peace of Christ live always in your hearts
and in your home.
May you have true friends to stand by you,
both in joy and in sorrow.
May you be ready and willing
to help and comfort all who come to you in need.
And may the blessings promised to the compassionate
be yours in abundance.
May you find happiness and satsifaction in your work.
May daily problems never cause you undue anxiety, nor the desire for earthly possessions dominate your lives.
But may your hearts’ first desire be always the good things waiting for you in the life of heaven.
May the Lord bless you with many happy years
together, so that you may enjoy the rewards of a good life.
And after you have served him loyally in his kingdom on earth, may he welcome you to his eternal kingdom in heaven.
And may almighty God bless you all,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
Never saw it happen with two or more marriages, but the rite provides for the possibility:
38. If two or more marriages are celebrated at the same time, the questioning before the consent, the consent itself, and the acceptance of consent shall always be done individually for each couple; the rest, including the nuptial blessing, is said once for all, using the plural form.