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 asks for a listing of readings for the Marriage Rite, and I think I can comply.
When I work with engaged couples on their wedding liturgy, one of a few things can happen. Sometimes one or more readings is a given heading into our meeting. 1 Corinthians 13 is still popular, though not nearly as much twenty years ago. Most often, couples are mystified at the Old Testament choices. Genesis 2 or Tobit 8 are chosen more or less by default. The Gospel choices are all over the place.
I suggest couples take home the resource book we provide for them, Together For Life, a staple of wedding prep for decades, at least in the parishes I’ve landed in. To prepare the liturgy with more prayer, I suggest they also use Prayerbook for Engaged Couples. On the recommendation of our pastor, Fr Russ, my wife and I used this book for our marriage preparation. Its advantage is that serious couples can begin the practice of praying together.
As for the readings, I’d like to take them one at a time. Perhaps Neil or Liam would have comments to add. If either one of them would like to post a commentary on any of the wedding readings, I’m all for it.