OCM 60: The Questions before the Consent

Let’s look at “The Questions before the Consent,” which follows the presider’s address to the couple. That these are done publicly show at least a two-level situation. The Church is seeking from the couple, a moment of listening (OCM 59) and a public response to important questions. Here goes:

60. The Priest then questions them about their freedom of choice, fidelity to each other, and the acceptance and upbringing of children, and each responds separately.

N. and N., have you come here to enter into Marriage without coercion, freely and wholeheartedly?

The bridegroom and bride each say:

 I have

Are you prepared, as you follow the path of Marriage, to love and honor each other for as long as you both shall live? 

The bridegroom and bride each say:

 I am

The following question may be omitted, if circumstances suggest this, for example, if the couple are advanced in years.

Are you prepared to accept children lovingly from God and to bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?

The bridegroom and bride each say:

 I am

What is slightly intriguing here is that the rubric suggests each individual answer “separately,” that is, not in vocal unison. Perhaps the formators of the rite wanted to save space in combining the questions. I do hear the occasional couple reply, “We are.” I don’t think these questions are diligently rehearsed everywhere.

Note that on question #3, “advanced in years” is not the only condition placed on the omission of the query.

Any thoughts?

The text cited in red and bold black 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 Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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