OCM 45-47: Matrimony Within Mass, First Form

Paragraphs 45 through 78 detail the rubrics and ritual texts for Celebrating  Matrimony Within Mass. Let’s look at the “red” for the introductory rites. Here is form 1:

45. At the appointed time, the Priest, wearing an alb and a stole and chasuble of the color of the Mass to be celebrated, goes with the servers to the door of the church, receives the bridal party, and warmly greets them, showing that the Church shares in their joy.

Color of the Mass? Isn’t that always white? Not if the Rite of Marriage takes place during another Mass, say a Sunday or some other occasion. Even when a wedding Mass can be celebrated, there is the option of using a Mass slated for the day.

Rarely do I see this first form used. More often we see what is now designated as “second form,” which we’ll get to in tomorrow’s post.

This form provides for an entrance procession inclusive of the clergy and servers:

46. The procession to the altar takes place in the customary matter. Meanwhile the entrance chant takes place.

Instrumental music is still nearly universal in North America. It’s an expectation of culture. I’ve managed to nudge clergy and couples into a song or hymn once everyone is in place, say, after #47 is completed:

47. The Priest approaches the altar, reverences it with a profound bow, and venerates it with a kiss. After this, he goes to the chair.

This is basic Mass stuff: the altar is reverenced and venerated, but the introductory rites are conducted from the chair.

Your comments?

The rubrics cited in red are 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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