The Armchair Liturgist: Starting a Wedding Liturgy

With wedding season in full flower, how about some questions about the Rite of Matrimony?

In my current parish, the pastor emeritus gave couples the option of making a brief welcoming statement after the entrance procession. It’s still on the books, but I have only encountered one bride and groom that wanted to do it. They were widowed and in their 70s. Would you offer the choice?

I have long recommended couples program a song or hymn after the procession. The last pastor for whom I worked advocated it on his end. One visiting priest: “Why would we bother with it?” Would you bother with it?

The new Rite of Matrimony calls for the utilization of the Glory To God when Mass is celebrated. Let’s set aside the issue of adhering to rubrics as given. Are some celebrations of the Wedding Mass more appropriate in terms of including the Gloria? If music is not prepared, does recitation present any problems?


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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