Category Archives: Rite of Marriage

OCM 77-78: Concluding A Nuptial Mass

More rubrics. Let’s get to them: 77. At the end of Mass, the Priest, with hands extended over the bride and bridegroom, prays the Solemn Blessing. A priest friend of mine once objected to this second blessing. It seemed to … Continue reading

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OCM 74-76: The Nuptial Blessing, And What Follows

The rubric for the blessing mentions the priest’s bodily action: 74. Then the Priest, with hands extended over the bride and bridegroom, continues: O God, who by your mighty power …  The same three options are given as in the … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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OCM 71, 202-204: Eucharistic Prayer

If the wedding is at Mass, there is a directive in the rite for the priest: 71. A commmemoration of the husband and wife in the Eucharistic prayer is made with a formula provided in nos 202-204. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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OCM 70: Preparation of the Gifts

The impulse to be part of the Mass is as old as the celebration itself, Peter’s protests about foot-washing notwithstanding. One small but interesting rubric: 70. If appropriate, at the Preparation of the Gifts the bride and bridegroom may bring … Continue reading

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OCM 69: Universal Prayer and Creed

After the hymn or canticle (OCM 68), spoken prayer follows. It goes by many titles, General Intercessions, Prayer of the Faithful, Petitions. Here’s another: Universal Prayer. 69. The Universal Prayer then takes place in the usual manner (examples are provided … Continue reading

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OCM 68: Hymn or Canticle

After the giving and receiving of consent, rings, and coins, we find a brief rubric: 68. Then a hymn or canticle of praise may be sung by the whole community. As a church musician, this perks me up. First, the … Continue reading

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OCM 67B: Las Arras

In the US, immigrants have brought a number of cultural customs to the celebration of marriage. Many of these are easily folded into the Rite of Matrimony. One is the giving of arras, or coins. The tradition is described here. … Continue reading

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OCM 66-67: The Blessing and Giving of Rings

The wedding ring has a fairly extensive reach in the world’s cultures today. Some archaeologists believe ancient humans, including Neanderthals, had some kind of bodily sign of a married person–if not a ring, then a binding of twigs or other … Continue reading

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OCM 64-65: The Reception of Consent

Where we last left off in the Rite, the wife and husband have exchanged consent. The ritual gives two options: 64. Then, receiving their consent, the Priest says to the bride and bridegroom: May the Lord in his kindness strengthen … Continue reading

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OCM 62-63: Exchanging Consent

What couples and ministers once (or continue) to term as “wedding vows” is listed as “Consent” in the revised rite. 62. The bridegroom says: I, N., take you, N., to be my wife. I promise to be faithful to you, … Continue reading

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OCM 61: Inviting Consent

The new edition of the rite speaks of “covenant.” This is a significant change worth further reflection by a couple. What does is mean to them? 61. The priest invites them to declare their consent: Since it is your intention … Continue reading

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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) … Continue reading

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OCM 59: The Minister Addresses The Couple

After the homily, the minister gives a brief address: 59. With all standing, including the couple and the witnesses, who are positioned near them, the Priest addresses the couple in these or similar words: Dearly beloved, you have come together … Continue reading

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OCM 58: Celebrating Matrimony Within Mass

After the homily, the new Order of Celebrating Matrimony devotes eleven numbered sections of “black and red” to the “core” of the Wedding Mass. The first is here: 58. If two or more Marriages happen to be celebrated at the … Continue reading

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