The Order of Celebrating Matrimony, editio typica altera
Welcoming The Order of Celebrating Matrimony editio typica altera Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and the USCCB Secretariat for Divine Worship Chapter I: The Order of Celebrating Matrimony within Mass THE INTRODUCTORY RITES
Greeting of the Bride and Groom [bridal party] Procession Entrance Song Greeting of the People Introduction Glory to God Collect THE INTRODUCTORY RITES Greeting of the Bride and Groom Form One greeting of the bridal party at the entrance to the church Form Two greeting the bride and groom after
they have arrived at their place THE INTRODUCTORY RITES Entrance Procession Order of Procession -- takes place in the customary manner Form One: Best Practice a liturgical procession Cross Bearer Servers [Assisting Deacon] Priest Bridesmaids/Groomsmen Maid of Honor/Best Man Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom together Groom with parents, Bride with parents Groom, then Bride Form Two: Assumes priest is in sanctuary; he greets couple, then reverences the altar then goes to his chair during the entrance chant THE INTRODUCTORY RITES Entrance Chant/Song Purpose is the same as it is for any liturgy Entrance procession may be accompanied by a suitable song or instrumental music If instrumental is played, the assembly may join in the hymn once all have taken their places (Sing to
the Lord, 222) Perhaps consider a refrain-style hymn THE INTRODUCTORY RITES Greeting of the People Sign of the Cross Greeting (options in The Roman Missal as at Mass) Introduction (new) Two texts provided (one addresses the assembly, the other the bride and groom) as well as in these or similar words
Penitential Act omitted THE INTRODUCTORY RITES Glory to God Sung or recited at all Ritual Masses, even in Advent and Lent (except on Sundays of Advent and Lent -- when Ritual Masses are not permitted anyway) Sung or recited on days when the Gloria is prescribed Through-composed Responsorial style Text or refrain should be in the worship aid
Collect Six new or newly-translated options (cf. Roman Missal or OCM, Chapter Four) Collect from Mass of the Day, if Ritual Mass is not used LITURGY OF THE WORD First Reading Responsorial Psalm Second Reading Gospel Acclamation Gospel Homily LITURGY OF THE WORD
Introduction to OCM stresses the importance of Scripture in the Wedding Liturgy See Lectionary for Mass, nos. 801-805 or OCM 144-187 New Scripture readings have been added Readings marked with asterisk * explicitly speak of Marriage At least one reading that explicitly speaks of Marriage Use of one reading about Marriage, even when not using the Ritual Mass Importance of the Homily (cf. Introduction 1-11) LITURGY OF THE WORD First Reading (Lectionary for Mass 801) Genesis 1:26-28, 31a* Genesis 2:18-24*
Genesis 24:48-51, 58-67* Tobit 7:6-14* Tobit 8:4b-8* Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31* (new in 1991) Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a; 8:6-7a Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16* [Vg 26:1-4,16-21] Jeremiah 31:31-32a, 33-34a LITURGY OF THE WORD Responsorial Psalm (Lectionary for Mass, 803) Psalm 33:12 and 18, 20-21, 22 Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9 Psalm 103:1-2, 8 and 13, 17-18a Psalm 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8, 9
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5ac, and 6a* Psalm 145:8-9, 10 and 15, 17-18 Psalm 148:1-2,3-4, 9-10, 11-13ab, 13c-14a LITURGY OF THE WORD SECOND READING (Lectionary for Mass, 802) Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39 Romans 12:1-2, 9-18 (or 12:1-2, 9-13) Romans 15:1b-3a, 5-7, 13 (new) First Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20 First Corinthians 12:3113:8a Ephesians 4:1-6 (new) (see Lectionary 110, 477 or 807) Ephesians 5:2a, 21-33* (or 5:2a,25-32) Philippians 4:4-9 (new)
Colossians 3:12-17 Hebrews 13:1-4a, 5-6b (new) 1 Peter 3:1-9* 1 John 3:18-24 1 John 4:7-12 Revelation 19:1,5-9a LITURGY OF THE WORD ALLELUIA VERSES AND VERSES BEFORE THE GOSPEL I John 4:7b 1 John 4:8b and 11 I John 4:12
1 John 4:16 LITURGY OF THE WORD GOSPEL READINGS (Lectionary for Mass, 805) Matthew 5:1-12a Matthew 5:13-16 Matthew 7:21, 24-29 (or 7:21,24-25) Matthew 19:3-6* Matthew 22:35-40 Mark 10:6-9* John 2:1-11* John 15:9-12 John 5:12-16 John 17:20-26 (or 17:20-23)
LITURGY OF THE WORD HOMILY Based on the Sacred Scripture Orations of the Mass Text of the rite, particularly the words of Consent To expound the mystery of Christian Marriage, the dignity of conjugal love, the grace of the sacrament, responsibilities of married people (see OCM 1-11) Pastoral circumstances The Celebration of Matrimony Address to the Bride and Groom
Questions before the Consent The Consent The Reception of the Consent The Blessing and Giving of Rings [The Blessing and Giving of the Arras] [Hymn or Canticle of Praise] The Universal Prayer [Creed, if prescribed for the day] The Celebration of Matrimony Some highlights: Rules for alterations in the rite if there are more than one Marriage celebrated at the same liturgy (OCM 58) The witnesses are to stand near the bride and groom (OCM 59)
A cultural adaptation bracketed within the ritual text May omit #3 of Questions Before the Consent (if circumstances suggests, e.g., for an elderly couple; not a new rubric) Options for Consent (vows) Two options for Reception of Consent (OCM 64) New acclamation after the Reception of Consent New Hymn/Canticle of Praise after Giving of Rings The Celebration of Matrimony Address to the Bride and Groom (OCM 59) Priest: Dearly beloved, you have come together in the house of the Church Questions before the Consent (OCM 60)
Priest: N. and N., have you come here to enter into Marriage coercion, freely and wholeheartedly? B and G: I have. Priest: Are you prepared, as you follow the path of Marriage, to love and honor each other for as long as you both shall live? B and G: I am. Priest: Are you prepared to accept children lovingly from God and to bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church? B and G: I am.
without The Celebration of Matrimony The Consent (OCM 61-63) Two forms Two manners of expressing the consent Priest: Since it is your intention to enter the covenant of Holy Matrimony, join your right hands and declare your consent before God and his Church. Groom: I, N., take you, N., to be my wife. I, N., take you, N., for my lawful wife,
I promise to be faithful to you, to have and to hold, from this day forward, in good times and in bad, for better, for worse, in sickness and in heath, for richer, for poorer, to love you and to honor you in sickness and in health, all the days of my life. to love and to cherish until death do us part. Bride: I, N., take you, N., to be my husband. I, N., take you, N., for my lawful husband, I promise to be faithful to you, to have and to hold, from this day forward, in good times and in bad, for better, for worse, in sickness and in heath,
for richer, for poorer, to love you and to honor you in sickness and in health, all the days of my life. to love and to cherish until death do us part. The Celebration of Matrimony Method Two: Obtaining the Consent through questioning Priest: Since it is your intention to enter the covenant of Holy Matrimony, join your right hands and declare your consent before God and his Church. Priest: N., do you take N., to be your wife? N., do you take you, N., for your lawful wife, Do you promise to be faithful to her
to have and to hold, from this day forward, in good times and in bad, for better, for worse, in sickness and in heath, for richer, for poorer, to love her and to honor her in sickness and in health, all the days of your life? to love and to cherish until death do you part? Groom: I do. Priest: N., do you take N.,to be your husband? N., do you take N., for your lawful husband, Do you promise to be faithful to him to have and to hold, from this day forward, in good times and in bad, for better, for worse, in sickness and in heath,
for richer, for poorer, to love him and to honor him in sickness and in health, all the days of your life? to love and to cherish, until death do you part? Bride:I do. The Celebration of Matrimony The Reception of the Consent May the Lord in his kindness strengthen the consent you have declared before the Church, and graciously bring to fulfillment his blessing within you. What God joins together, let no one put asunder. OR
[new] May the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God who joined together our first parents in paradise, strengthen and bless in Christ the consent you have declared before the Church, so that what God joins together, no one may put asunder. Priest: Let us bless the Lord. All: Thanks be to God. The Celebration of Matrimony The Blessing and Giving of Rings Three options; use of blessed water to bless the rings Priest: May the Lord bless these rings, which you will give to each other
as a sign of love and fidelity. OR Bless, O Lord, these rings, which we bless in your name, so that those who wear them may remain entirely faithful to each other, abide in peace and in your will, and live always in mutual charity. Through Christ our Lord. OR Bless and sanctify your servants in their love, O Lord, and let these rings, a sign of their faithfulness, remind them of their love for one another.
Through Christ our Lord. Groom, then Bride, while placing the ring on the others ring finger: N., receive this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The Celebration of Matrimony [The Blessing and Giving of Arras] An option, if it is the custom of the family/families Priest: Bless, O Lord, these arras that N. and N. will give to each other and pour over them the abundance of your good gifts. Groom, then bride, presenting the coins to the other:
N., receive these arras as a pledge of Gods blessing and a sign of the good gifts we will share. [Canticle of Praise] (new) A hymn or canticle of praise may be sung by the whole community. The Celebration of Matrimony Universal Prayer Examples are provided in Appendix I (OCM 216217) Creed Only if prescribed for the Mass of the Day It follows the Universal Prayer in this liturgy.
Liturgy of the Eucharist Presentation and Preparation of the Offerings (Gifts) Prayer over the Offerings Eucharistic Prayer Preface
Acclamations Embolism (Commemoration of the Couple) [Blessing and Placing of Lazo or Veil] Lords Prayer Nuptial Blessing Sign of Peace Breaking of the Bread Holy Communion Prayer After Communion Liturgy of the Eucharist Commemoration of the Couple In Eucharistic Prayer I
Therefore, Lord, we pray: graciously accept this oblation of our service, the offering of your servants N. and N. and of your whole family, who entreat your majesty on their behalf; and as you have brought them to their wedding day, so (gladden them with your gift of the children they desire and) bring them in your kindness to the length of days for which they hope. (Through Christ our Lord. Amen.) Liturgy of the Eucharist In Eucharistic Prayer II Be mindful also, Lord, of N. and N.,
whom you have brought to their wedding day, so that by your grace they may abide in mutual love and in peace. In Eucharistic Prayer III Strengthen, we pray, in the grace of Marriage N. and N., whom you have brought happily to their wedding day, that under your protection they may always be faithful in their lives to the covenant they have sealed in your presence. In your compassion, O merciful Father, gather to yourself all your children scattered throughout the world. Liturgy of the Eucharist
[Blessing and Placing of the Lazo or the Veil] If this is the custom of the family/families Takes place before the Nuptial Blessing Priest: Bless, O Lord, this lazo (or: this veil), a symbol of the indissoluble union that N. and N. have established from this day forward before you and with your help. The lazo or veil is held by two family members or friends and placed over the shoulders of the newly married couple. Lords Prayer The prayer Deliver us is omitted Liturgy of the Eucharist About the Nuptial Blessing (OCM 72)
This blessing is never omitted at celebration within Mass In the Invitation, if one or more of the spouses are not receiving Communion, the words in parentheses are omitted In the last paragraph, the words in parentheses may be omitted if circumstances suggest it, for example if the couple is advanced in years. Liturgy of the Eucharist SIGN OF PEACE The prayer Lord Jesus Christ is omitted The peace of the Lord is said immediately The bride and groom and all present offer one another a sign
that expresses peace and charity Breaking of the Bread Holy Communion The bride and groom, their parents, witnesses and relatives may receive Communion under both kinds Prayer After Communion Roman Missal: Ritual Mass V or from the Mass of the Day The Conclusion of the Celebration Greeting Solemn Blessing Three formulas (OCM 77, 214, 215) [Song/recessional]
Instrumental or hymn not mentioned in OCM Signing of the Marriage Record in the vesting room or in the presence of the people, but not on the altar. The Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass About this rite Presider may be a Priest or Deacon Priest wears alb or surplice, white or festive stole, and cope Deacon wears alb, white or festive stole, even a dalmatic
Choice of Rite: for a Catholic and a Baptized Christian or (if circumstances suggest) two Catholics Outside Mass becomes without Mass See The Order of Celebrating Matrimony, nos. 79-117 Celebration of Matrimony The Consent (OCM 95-97) Same as in OCM within Mass Two formulas, two methods of expression The Reception of the Consent (OCM 98-99) Same as in OCM within Mass Acclamation: Let us bless the Lord/ Thanks be to God Blessing and Giving of Rings (OCM 100 -101 or 194-195) [The Blessing and Giving of the Arras] (OCM 101b)
[Hymn or Canticle of Praise] (OCM 102) The Universal Prayer (OCM 103, see Appendix I) Celebration of Matrimony Lords Prayer Recited/sung here if Communion is not distributed Deliver us Lord is omitted, a blessing follows [The Blessing and Placing of the Lazo or the Veil] Optional, if it is the custom of the family/families Spouses kneel; wedding garland (or veil) placed by family or friends The Nuptial Blessing Invitation (OCM 104, 205 A, 206, 208) Silent Prayer
Nuptial Blessing (OCM 105, 207, 209) Text with music provided Conclusion of the Celebration Simple Blessing The Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and a Catechumen or a NonChristian Celebration of Matrimony Address to the Bride and Groom (OCM 124) Text provided or similar words The Questions before the Consent (OCM 125)
same as Chapter I, Chapter II The Consent (OCM 126-128) Invitation two formulas; two methods of expression The Reception of the Consent (OCM 129-130) Same as Chapter I, Chapter II followed by acclamation of praise The Blessing and Giving of Rings (OCM 131-132 or 194-195) Same as Chapter I, Chapter II May be omitted (OCM 131)
The Rite of Reception Greeting Reception of the bridal party at door of the church or at the place which has been chosen Greets them warmly Entrance Procession All present go to their prepared seats Introduction Text provided (OCM 120) or similar words Note: The Rite of Reception may be omitted and the celebration begins with the Liturgy of the Word
Celebration of Matrimony [The Blessing and Placing of the Lazo or the Veil] (OCM 137) optional The Nuptial Blessing Invitation (OCM 138) Silence Nuptial Blessing (OCM 139) OR Omit and use the prayer provided (OCM 140) Appendices
The Order of Blessing an Engaged Couple Introduction (OCM 218-221) Honorable betrothal of Christians is a special occasion appropriately celebrated with some ceremony and common prayer Parents may preside, if no priest or deacon is present Order provided here may be used by parents, priest, deacon, or other lay person with adaptation May also be used when engaged couples come together for catechetical preparation Never combined with Mass
The Order of Blessing a Married Couple within Mass on the Anniversary of Marriage Blessing of a Married Couple Invitation to Silent Prayer Renewal of Commitment Presider invites them to renew before God their commitment to live their marriage in holiness Couple renews their commitment quietly or publicly
Husband: for Wife: for Blessed are you, Lord, by your goodness I took, N. as my wife. Blessed are you, Lord, by your goodness I took, N. as my husband. Blessing of a Married Couple Husband and Wife: Blessed are you, Lord, for in the good and bad times of our life
you have stood lovingly by our side. Help us we pray, to remain faithful in our love for one another so that we may be true witnesses to the covenant you have made with humankind. Priest: May the Lord keep you safe all the days of your life. May he be your comfort in adversity and your support in prosperity. May he fill your home with his blessings. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen Blessing of Married Couple
Blessing of Rings Prayer -- over original rings (243) or over new rings (244) Incensation (optional) Universal Prayer (Prayer of the Faithful) Sample texts provided (OCM 245) LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST Presentation of the Offerings -- Couple may bring bread, wine and water (sic.)to the altar (247) Lords Prayer (Deliver us is omitted) Prayer of Blessing (248) Sign of Peace (249) Couple may receive Communion under both kinds (250) CONCLUDING RITE Solemn Blessing (251)
Principles for Preparing Music for the Wedding Liturgy Music for the Wedding Liturgy PASTORAL CONSIDERATIONS Pastoral preparation of the couple(s) Competent music ministers from your parish The full, conscious, active participation of the assembly Common hymn tunes Trained cantor Responsorial/refrain style
Appreciating the nature of the assembly Worship aid Music for the Wedding Liturgy THE WORSHIP AID INCLUDES The Order of the Liturgy Prayers and dialogues for the assembly All assembly music Copyright notices Since the celebration of marriage is a communal celebration, participation aids should be provided to the congregation so that they might follow the ritual with understanding. This, in turn, allows them to have full and active participation in the
celebration (SL 224). Music for the Wedding Liturgy MUSIC IN SERVICE TO THE LITURGY Prelude Music
Entrance procession, chant Glory to God (refrain or through-composed) Responsorial Psalm Sung Dialogues and Acclamations (simple tones) Hymn or Canticle of Praise Music to accompany processions Presentation of Gifts Communion Procession Recessional Welcoming the Order of Celebrating Matrimony Questions and Answers
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