Order of Catholic Wedding Mass

Wedding Program for Catholic Mass

In the Catholic Marriage, the matrimony takes place with a Mass. Here you can see the Wedding Program for Catholic Mass. The Catholic couple who is getting married will get the sacramental communion.  Getting the Eucharist as their “first feast” together is a wonderful expression of the newly married couple trust on God to strengthen and sustain them throughout their lives.

Stand – Wedding Music: The music starts at the Catholic church when the bride enters the wedding hall.

Entrance Rite:

Guests in the wedding hall stand. The entrance music starts and the song is sung while the ministers, priests, and the wedding party take their positions in the Church near the altar.  The wedding celebrations offer two forms, the first form is, the priest and other important persons attending the ceremony greet the bridal gathering at the door of the Church, and the relatives enter the hall in the procession as it is the Mass tradition.

The order goes like this, first, the ministers enter the hall, followed by the priest, and then the bridegroom and bride enter the hall, most of the time their parents accompany them along with two witnesses.

In the second form, the priest and the ministers go to the Church where the wedding is taking place and they greet the couple when they enter the wedding hall. In both wedding forms, the priest leads the gathering after the entrance song is done.

Greeting: The main priest greets the entire gathering and the guests respond to the greetings.

Wedding-music –Gloria: (The Gloria is the hymn that begins, “Glory to God in the highest…”) The song is sung by the entire gathering, and it is followed by an opening prayer, the priest requests the gathering to pray, then he/she offers various prayers for the groom and bride. At the end of the prayers, the guests will be seated for the ceremony of the word.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: The first reading taken from the Old Testament announced by the preacher. At the end of the reading, the preacher says, “The World of the Lord,” and the gathering responds, “Thanks be to God.”

Responsorial Psalm: The cantor or choir sings a psalm, and the assembly sings the response.

Second Reading: The second reading taken from the New Testament is announced by the preacher.  At the end of the reading the preacher says, “The Word of the Lord,” and the gathering responds, “Thanks be to God.”

Gospel Approval: The guests stand. The church leader leads the gathering in singing the Gospel Approval, generally the Alleluia.

Gospel: The priest announces the Gospel. At the end, the priest says, “The Gospel of the Lord,” and the entire gathering responds, “Praise the Lord Jesus Christ.” The guests sit.

Homily: Now, the priest offers a sermon taken from the Scripture readings.  As per the Wedding Program for Catholic Mass, the priest reads the sacred text to explain the ambiguity of Catholic wedding, the dignity of matrimonial love, the beauty of the Sacrament and the duties and responsibilities of married people, and they should follow the marriage regulation in any circumstances.

All people in the assembly stands, including the groom and bride, and also witnesses, and now the priest ask the Catholic Couple questions to mention their purposes about their freedom of choice, the acceptance and upbringing of children, and fidelity to each other.  The groom and the bride respond every question by saying “I am” or “I have.”

Exchange of Consent: The presider invites the couple to declare their consent to be married, which they do by stating their marriage vows.

Blessing and Giving of Rings: The priest blesses the wedding rings through prayers and the sprinkling of holy water.  The couple exchange wedding rings after they say their vows. Since these rings are symbols of the marriage, the words said during a ring exchange should reflect the couple’s hopes for their marriage. These words may be simply incorporated into the wedding vows, or treated as a separate ritual.

Prayer of the Faithful: The prayer of the faithful, sometimes called as the Universal Prayer or General Intercessions, is read by a lector, cantor, or another designated person.

Liturgy of the Eucharist: For Catholics, the Eucharist is the source and summit of the whole Christian life. It is the vital center of all that the Church is and does because at its heart is the real presence of the crucified, risen and glorified Lord, continuing and making available his saving work among us. 

The Offertory:  During the Offertory Song the faithful usually express their participation by making an offering, bringing forward bread and wine for the celebration of the Eucharist and perhaps other gifts to relieve the needs of the Church and of the poor.

When he has received the bread and wine for the celebration, the Priest offers the prayer of blessing quietly at the altar. Sometimes these prayers are said aloud. If the priest says the prayers aloud the assembly’s acclamation each time is

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER: The Eucharistic Prayer, the center, and summit of the entire celebration is a memorial proclamation of praise and thanksgiving for God’s work of salvation, a proclamation in which the Body and Blood of Christ are made present by the power of the Holy Spirit and the people are joined to Christ in offering his Sacrifice to the Father.

The Priest concludes the Preface with the people singing or saying aloud: Holy, Holy, Holy

The Communion Rite

The eating and drinking together of the Lord’s Body and Blood in a Paschal meal is the culmination of the Eucharist. The themes underlying these rites are the mutual love and reconciliation that are both the condition and the fruit of worthy communion and the unity of the many in the One.

Invitation to Communion

After his private prayers of preparation the Priest genuflects, takes the host and, holding it slightly raised above the paten or above the chalice says aloud:

Behold the Lamb of God,
behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

And together with the people he adds once:

Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

Communion

After the priest has reverently consumed the Body and Blood of Christ the communicants come forward in reverent procession, and make a preparatory act of reverence by bowing their head in honor of Christ’s presence in the Sacrament. They receive Holy Communion standing.

Prayer after Communion

Then, the Priest says:

Let us pray.

All stand and pray in silence. Then the Priest says the Prayer after Communion, at the end of which the people acclaim:

Amen.

The Concluding Rites

The brief Concluding Rite sends the people forth to put into effect in their daily lives the Mystery of Christ’s Death and Resurrection and the unity in Christ which they have celebrated. Their mission is to witness to Christ in the world and to bring the Gospel to the poor.

Blessing

The Priest says:

The Lord be with you.

The people reply:

And with your spirit.

The Priest blesses the people, saying:

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The people reply:

Amen.

Dismissal

Then the Deacon, or the Priest himself, says:

Either: Go forth, the Mass is ended.
Or: Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
Or: Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.
Or: Go in peace.

The people reply:

Thanks be to God.

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