OCM 72-73: Invitation to The Nuptial Blessing

The Wedding Mass continues through the Liturgy of the Eucharist: the Eucharistic Prayer and its acclamations, and the Lord’s Prayer. Now we have an insertion that nudges aside some of the usual orations:

72. After the Our Father, the prayer Deliver us is omitted. The Priest, standing and facing the bride and bridegroom, invokes upon them God’s blessing, which is never omitted.

I have known clergy who have spoken of omitting the Nuptial Blessing, but they have been rare. The prayer is long, and it seems like something suitable for the end of a liturgy, not the middle of more familiar texts.

A bit of forethought is needed before launching into the text of OCM 73:

In the invitation, if one or both of the spouses will not be receiving Communion, the words in parentheses are omitted.

And the words of the blessings itself:

In the last paragraph of the prayer, the words in parentheses may be omitted if it seems that circumstances suggest it, for example, if the bride and bridegroom are advanced in years.

The rubrics give some guidance on location and posture, but this may depend largely on the architecture of the building and the placement of the assembly.

73. The bride and bridegroom approach the altar or, if appropriate, they remain at their place and kneel.

My sense of this is that the couple kneels whether in place or at the altar. In my experience, kneeling is hardly universal in the US. I favor the practice. But I don’t think it’s a thing to become a distraction one way or the other.

The Priest, with hands joined, calls upon those present to pray:

Dear brothers and sisters,
let us humbly pray to the Lord
that on these his servants, now married in Christ,
he may mercifully pour out
the blessing of his grace
and make of one heart in love
(by the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood)
those he has joined by a holy covenant.

And all pray in silence for a while.

The point of pausing here is to allow people to take some time to pray. The rite spends a lot of words in something that sounds like a prayer to say what is most often signaled by three simple ones: Let us pray. Perhaps an example where Liturgiam Authenticam is its own worst enemy. Without the pause, this small narrative just becomes part of the larger prayer. Likely only liturgy geeks would notice it.

Next up, some brief commentary on the Nuptial Blessing.

The text cited in red are rubrics and bold black are ritual text 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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