TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC STYLE CEREMONY

Rite of Marriage

All stand:

 My dear friends, you have come together so that the Lord may seal and strengthen your love in the presence of the Church’s minister and this community. Christ abundantly blesses this love. He has already consecrated you in baptism and now he enriches and strengthens you by a special sacrament so that you may assume the duties of marriage in mutual and lasting fidelity. And so, in the presence of this assembly, I ask you to state your intentions.


 Scott and Erica, have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?

 Will you love and honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?

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

 Each answers the questions separately.


 Consent

The presider invites the couple to declare their consent.


 Presider:


Since it is your intention to enter into marriage, join your right hands, and declare your consent before God and his Church.


 Bridegroom’s Vow: “Scott please repeat after me...…”

 I, Scott, take you, Erica, for my lawful wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.


  Bride’s Vow: “Erica, please repeat after me...…”

 I, Erica, take you, Scott, for my lawful husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.


You have pledged your commitment to each other separately, as individuals. Now, you’ll pledge your commitment to each other as one, by answering this question as one:


Do you both mutually agree to be each other's companion, husband and wife, observing the legal rights belonging to this condition; that is, keeping yourselves wholly for each other and from all others as long as you both shall live?

Both answer: “We Do”


Receiving their consent, the presider says:


 You have declared your consent before the Church. May the Lord in his goodness strengthen your consent and fill you both with his blessings.

What God has joined, men must not divide.

Response: Amen.


 Blessing and Exchange of Rings

 Presider: May I have the Rings?

May the Lord bless these rings
which you give to each other today
as the sign of your love and fidelity.

 Response: Amen.

 

Scott you may place Erica’s ring on her ring finger and say:

Erica, take 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.


 Erica you may place Scott’s  ring on his ring finger and say:

Scott, take 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 Prayer of the faithful


The Response to our petitions is Lord, hear our prayer


  1. For the Holy Father and the entire Church…. We pray to the Lord…

Response: Lord, hear our prayer

  1. For all public authorities that their decisions be guided by the holy Spirit… We pray to the Lord…

Response: Lord, hear our prayer

  1. For those family and friends who are burdened by any kind of difficulty…We pray to the Lord…

Response: Lord, hear our prayer

  1. For Erica and Scott as they begin their life together as husband and wife…We pray to the Lord…

Response: Lord, hear our prayer

  1. For those who have gone before us marked with the sign of peace…may God grant them eternal rest…We pray to the Lord….Response: Lord, hear our prayer

  2. Nuptial Blessing

Let us pray to the Lord for Erica and Scott
who come to God’s altar at the beginning of their married life
so that they may always be united in love for each other.

 All pray silently…

Then the presider extends his hands and continues:

Holy Father, you created mankind in your own image
and made man and woman to be joined as husband and wife
in union of body and heart
and so fulfill their mission in this world.

 Father, to reveal the plan of your love,
you made the union of husband and wife
an image of the covenant between you and your people.

In the fulfillment of this sacrament,
the marriage of Christian man and woman
is a sign of the marriage between Christ and the Church.
Father, stretch out your hand, and bless Erica and Scott.

Lord, grant that as they begin to live this sacrament
they may share with each other the gifts of your love
and become one in heart and mind, as witnesses to your presence in their marriage.

Help them to create a home together
and give them children to be formed by the gospel
and to have a place in your family.

 Give your blessings to Erica, your daughter, so that she may be a good wife and mother, caring for the home, faithful in love for her husband, generous and kind.

Give also your blessings to Scott, your son, so that he may be a faithful husband and a good father.

Father, grant that as they come together to your table on earth,
so they may one day have the joy of sharing your feast in heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Pronouncement by minister:


Since you have mutually pledged yourselves to each other in the holy bonds of marriage, as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and by the authority vested in me by the state of Florida, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may kiss your bride.


Honored family and friends, may I present to you:

Mr. and Mrs. Scott & Erica Smith

Recessional: Determined by the couple.

Response: Amen.

 

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It was my privilege to officiate your wedding today. If you should ever need to talk about relationship issues or anything else, please feel free to contact me.

 

    

      Rev. Thomas A. Mowrey, M.A.

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