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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