OCM 26-27: The Parish Witnesses

One of these paragraphs outlines the importance of the lay witness in both the preparation of the couple and the celebration of the liturgy. That last point rubs against the cultural inclination of a wedding as a family observance. I don’t know that there’s much attention given within the Church to move things to a partial parish orientation.

Let’s read:

26. Other laypersons, however, can play a part in various ways both in the spiritual preparation of the engaged couple and in the celebration of the rite itself. Moreover, the entire Christian community should cooperate to bear witness to the faith and to be a sign to the world of Christ’s love.

An interesting departure from the older (and now vanishing) tradition of marriage in the parish of the bride’s family:

27. The Marriage is to be celebrated in the parish of one or other of the engaged persons, or elsewhere with the permission of the proper Ordinary or pastor. (cf. canon law 1115)

Your comments?

The text cited in blue is from the English translation of The Order of Celebrating Matrimony © 2013, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

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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 OCM 26-27: The Parish Witnesses

  1. Liam says:

    In rural or other areas where Catholic parish churches are far away from each other, the vision of the matrimonial liturgy involving the parish-as-family where the couple arise from said parishes or at most neighboring parishes may still have some roots in lived reality.

    Otherwise, pretty rare on the ground outside university parishes or very close-knit oratories or intentional communities (TLM communities being but one of those) given how couples tend to form in more urbanized setting and their expectations for weddings.

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