Catholic Wedding Vows (Samples)

Understanding Your Catholic Wedding Vows

Your wedding day is often the most important day of your life so far until you have children, that is. Then it will be a tie – trust me on this.

The most important part of a Catholic Wedding, as in any wedding, is the Exchange of Consent. This is the moment when the couple says their vows to each other.

There are four options for Catholic wedding vows in the Order for Celebrating Matrimony.

The Standard Version

Priest (or deacon): Since it is your intention to enter into the covenant of Holy Matrimony, join your right hands, and declare your consent before God and his Church.

Groom: I, (name), take you, (name), to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.

Bride: I, (name), take you, (name), to be my husband. I promise to be faithful to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love you and to honor you all the days of my life.

Alternative Standard Version

While it’s ideal if you are able to memorize the words, if there is concern about forgetting them, or being too emotional to say them, an alternative is either to repeat the words of consent, phrase by phrase, as the Priest recites them, or simply go with this alternative:

Priest: (Name), do you take (name) to be your wife? Do you promise to be faithful to her in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love her and to honor her all the days of your life?

Groom: I do.

Priest: (Name), do you take (name) to be your husband? Do you promise to be faithful to him in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love him and to honor him all the days of your life?

Bride: I do.

Wedding Vows Common in the U.S.

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

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

Alternate Wedding Vows Common in the U.S.

Priest: (Name), do you take (name) for your lawful wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part?

Groom: I do.

Priest: (Name), do you take (name) for your lawful husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part?

Bride: I do.

Once the Wedding Vows are completed, according to The Order of Celebrating Matrimony, the priest acknowledges that the couple has declared their consent to be married. At this point, sacramentally, the bride and groom have become wife and husband.

 

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