MARRIAGE

WEDDING REQUIREMENTS

 

CHURCH REQUIREMENTS:

Baptismal Certificate – recent cert six months at max

Confirmation Certificate

Letter of Freedom – if applicable

Pre – Nuptial Enquiry Form

Pre Marriage Course strongly recommended

 

CATHOLIC WEDDING HYMNS

Catholic Wedding Songs – Prelude

Ave Maria. Franz Shubert

One Hand, One Heart. L. Bernstein

Laudate Dominum. Mozart

The Gift of Love. Hopson

The Wedding Song. Bob Dylan

 

Catholic Wedding Songs – Processional

Bridal March. Wagner

Canon in D. Pachabel

Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke

Trumpet Voluntary – Stanley

Allegro Moderato (from Water Music) – Handel

 

Catholic Wedding Songs – Gathering – With Congregation

Here I Am Lord

Hear Us Now, Our God and Father – Hyfrydol, Roland Prichard

 

Catholic Wedding Songs – Presentation of Gifts

The Wedding Song – annon.

The Gift of Love – arr. Hopson

The Bridal Prayer -Roger Copeland

All I Ask of You – Weston Priory

I Have Loved You – Joncas

Prayer of St. Francis – Sebastian Temple

Servant Song – McGarill

Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts – Warner

The Irish Wedding Song – trad.

The Lord is Kind and Merciful – Haugen

Where There Is Love – David Haas

Wherever You Go – Weston Priory

With This Ring – Copeland

 

Catholic Wedding Songs – Communion

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach

Panis Angelicus – Cesar Franck or Sacris Solemnis

One Bread, One Body – Foley

Servant Song – McGarill

Here I Am Lord – Schutte

On Eagles Wings – Joncas

Gift of Finest Wheat – Kreutz

Supper of the Lord – Rosania

Taste and See – Moore

I Have Loved You

Laudate Dominum – Mozart

 

Catholic Wedding Songs – Recessional

Allegro Maestoso (from Water Music) – Handel

City of God – Schutte

Joyful, Joyful We Adore You – Hymn, Beethoven

Ode to Joy – Beethoven

Rondeau – Mouret

Psalm 19 – Benedetto Marcello

Wedding March – Mendlessohn

 

CIVIL REQUIREMENTS:

The three important civil changes are:

The couple take greater responsibility for the civil registration of their marriage.

The couple make a declaration of no civil impediment

Priests in order to officiate at a marriage, must be on the ‘List of Solemnisers’ submitted by each local Bishop to the Registrar General

WHAT THE COUPLE MUST DO:

Book the church you wish to marry in, at least three months in advance.

Meet any civil registrar in person to give notice of your intention to marry. This meeting must take place at least 3 months before the wedding in order to comply with the civil requirement. The couple will need to know that the church is available prior to this meeting and they will also need to know the name of the priest who will solemnise the marriage.

When all the civil requirements have been completed satisfactorily the couple will receive the Marriage Registration Form (MRF) from the registrar.

Without this form the couple cannot get married nor may the solemniser proceed with the marriage ceremony.

Present the MRF to the solemniser as early as convenient before the wedding.

Make the verbal declaration of no civil impediment not more than 2 days before the wedding in the presence of the solemniser and the two witnesses. It is recommended practice that this declaration be made at the beginning of the wedding, when the bride and groom arrive at the sanctuary.

Return the signed MRF to any civil registrar not later than 1 month after the wedding.

 

OTHER POINTS TO NOTE:

The ceremony is prepared with the priest who will celebrate the wedding. 

The proposed music and lyrics must be discussed with the priest during marriage preparation meetings

Flowers and plants should be used with discretion and discussed with Parish priest.   Artificial flowers and arches are not allowed. Because of insurance purposes, we ask people not to use candles outside the altar.

A video recording / photography of the ceremony is permitted on the understanding that the photographer / video technician is dressed becomingly, and is in a position which will not cause distraction or disrupt the ceremony. It is best practice to use a professional.

No rice, confetti or anything else may be tossed in the church grounds.

Out of consideration for all concerned the bride should be present on time as delay inconveniences everybody.

No sellotape, pins etc to be used on Church seating.

Finally enjoy your special day.

 

Donation to the Church Priest

 

Priests do not have a set charge or have hourly rates or fees. However it is customary to give a donation to the priest on the occasion of a marriage or when particular services are rendered. It is helpful to note that you will receive the following services/supports from the priest(s) involved in your wedding plans: 

a) Time spent at initial meeting to arrange dates/venue.

b) Time spent preparing and planning the ceremony (and booklet) with you.

c) Time spent conducting the rehearsal.

d) Time spent ensuring that all necessary paperwork is in order.

e) Time spent preparing the church and officiating at the ceremony on the day.

Having considered these factors, the decision is left to the discretion of the couple.

 

 

Useful website: www.gettingmarried.ie

 

     Pre Marriage Courses:  www.accord.ie

 

For further information contact Fr. Gerald O’ Leary at The Presbytery, Horeswood, Campile, New Ross, Co Wexford

Telephone 051 – 388129 Mobile 086 – 8515394

Email: geraldoleary@gmail.com

 

PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00am to 1.00pm

Email: horeswoodparishoffice@gmail.com

 

www.horeswood.myparish.eu

 

Parish secretary:  Elmar Whelan 051 – 388129

WEDDING BOOKLET 

INTRODUCTORY RITES

 

Celebrant:       In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. All:     Amen.

Celebrant:       The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

All:                  And with your spirit.

 

Verbal Declaration of no Civil Impediment

X-  Do you declare that you do not know of any civil Impediment to the marriage you are about to enter with Y

Y-    do you declare that you do not know of any civil impediment to the marriage you are about to enter with X

 

Lighting of Candles (if used) Penitential Rite

 

Penitential Rite

 

ALL:I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done
and in what I have failed to do,
[All strike their breast]
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.

 

Celebrant: May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to eternal life.

 

….. Lord have mercy: Lord have mercy

….. Christ have mercy: Christ have mercy

….. Lord have mercy: Lord have mercy

 

GLORIA (Optional)

Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you,

We bless you, We adore you, We glorify you,

We give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King,

O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; You take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer;

You are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

Opening Prayer

 

(1)       Father,

you have made the bond of marriage a holy mystery, a symbol of Christ’s love for his Church.

Hear our prayers for N. and N. With faith in you and in each other they pledge their love today.

May their lives always bear witness to the reality of that love.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

 

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

or (2)   Father,

when you created mankind

you willed that man and wife should be one. Bind N. and N. in the loving union of marriage and make their love fruitful

so that they may be living witnesses to your divine love in the world.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

or 3      Father,

hear our prayers for N. and N.,

who today are united in marriage before your altar. Give them your blessing,

and strengthen their love for each other.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

or 4      Almighty God,

hear our prayers for N. and N., who have come here today

to be united in the sacrament of marriage. Increase their faith in you and in each other,

and through them bless your Church with Christian children. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

 

 

 

LITURGY OF THE WORD

 

OT 1    A reading from the book of Genesis 1:26-28.31

God said, `Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves, and let them be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the cattle, all the wild beasts and all the reptiles that crawl upon the earth.’

God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying to them, `Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and conquer it. Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven and all living animals on the earth.’ God saw all he had made, and indeed it was very good.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

 

Response:     The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

All:               The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

 

They are happy, whose God is the Lord, the people he has chosen as his own.

The Lord looks on those who revere him, on those who hope in his love. R/.

 

Our soul is waiting for the Lord. The Lord is our help and our shield. In him do our hearts find joy.

We trust in his holy name. R/.

 

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you. R/.

 

 

 

OT 2    A reading from the book of Genesis 2:18-24

The Lord God said, `It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helpmate.’ So from the soil the Lord God fashioned all the wild beasts and all the birds of heaven. These he brought to the man to see what he would call them; each one was to bear the name the man would give it. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of heaven and all the wild beasts. But no helpmate suitable for man was found for him. So the Lord God made the man fall into a deep sleep. And while he slept, he took one of his ribs and enclosed it in flesh. The Lord God built the rib he had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man. The man exclaimed: `This at last is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh! This is to be called woman for this was taken from man.’ This is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

 

Response:     Let all praise the name of the Lord.

All:               Let all praise the name of the Lord.

 

 

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights.

Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host. R/.

 

Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, shining stars.

Praise him, highest heavens

and the waters above the heavens. R/.

 

All mountains and hills, all fruit trees and cedars, beasts, wild and tame,

reptiles and birds on the wing. R/.

 

All earth’s kings and peoples, earth’s princes and rulers: young men and maidens,

old men together with children. R/.

 

Let them praise the name of the Lord for he alone is exalted.

The splendour of his name

reaches beyond heaven and earth. R/.

 

 

OT 3    A reading from the book of Genesis 24:48-51,58-67

Abraham’s servant said to Laban, `I blessed the Lord, God of my master Abraham, who had so graciously led me to choose the daughter of my master’s brother for his son. Now tell me whether you are prepared to show kindness and goodness to my master; if not, say so, and I shall know what to do.’ Laban and Bethuel replied, `This is from the Lord; it is not in our power to say yes or no to you. Rebekah is there before you. Take her and go; and let her

 

become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has decreed.’ They called Rebekah and asked her, `Do you want to leave with this man?’ `I do,’ she replied. Accordingly they let their sister Rebekah go, with her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men. They blessed Rebekah in these words: `Sister of ours, increase to thousands and tens of thousands! May your descendants gain possession of the gates of their enemies!’ Rebekah and her servants stood up, mounted the camels, and followed the man. The servant took Rebekah and departed. Isaac, who lived in the Negeb, had meanwhile come into the wilderness of the well of Lahai Roi.

Now Isaac went walking in the fields as evening fell, and looking up saw camels approaching. And Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac. She jumped down from her camel, and asked the servant, `Who is that man walking through the fields to meet us?’ The servant replied, `That is my master’, then she took her veil and hid her face. The servant told Isaac the whole story, and Isaac led Rebekah into his tent and made her his wife; and he loved her. And Isaac was consoled for the loss of his mother.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

 

Response:     The Lord is compassionate to all his creatures.

All:               The Lord is compassionate to all his creatures.

 

The Lord is kind and full of compassion, Slow to anger, abounding in love.

How good is the Lord to all, compassionate to all his creatures. R/.

 

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord, and your friends shall repeat their blessing.

The eyes of all creatures look to you

and give them their food in due time. R/.

 

The Lord is just in all his ways and loving in all his deeds.

He is close to all who call him,

who call on him from their hearts. R/.

 

 

 

OT 4    A reading from the book of Tobit 7:6-14

Raguel kissed Tobias and wept. Then finding words, he said, `Blessings on you, child! You are the son of a noble father. How sad it is that someone so virtuous and full of good deeds should have gone blind!’ He fell on the neck of his kinsman Tobias and wept. And his wife Edna wept for him, and so did his daughter Sarah. Raguel killed a sheep from the flock, and they gave Tobias and Raphael a warm-hearted welcome.

They washed and bathed and sat down to table. Then Tobias said to Raphael, `Brother Azarias, will you ask Raguel to give me my sister Sarah?’ Raguel overheard the words, and said to the young man, `Eat and drink, and make the most of your evening; no one else has the right to take my daughter Sarah – no one but you, my brother. In any case I, for my own part, am not at liberty to give her to anyone else, since you are her next of kin. However, my boy, I must be frank with you: I have tried to find a husband for her seven times among our kinsmen, and all of them have died the first evening, on going to her room. But for the present, my boy, eat and drink; the Lord will grant you his grace and peace.’ Tobias spoke out, `I will not hear of eating and drinking till you have come to a decision about me’. Raguel answered, `Very well. Since, as prescribed by the Book of Moses, she is given to you, heaven itself decrees she shall be yours. I shall therefore entrust your sister to you. From now you are her brother and she is your sister. She is given to you from today for ever. The Lord of heaven favour you tonight, my child, and grant you his grace and peace.’ Raguel called for his daughter Sarah, took her by the hand and gave her to Tobias with these words, `I entrust her to you; the law and the ruling recorded in the Book of Moses assign her to you as your wife. Take her; take her home to your father’s house with a good conscience. The God of heaven grant you a good journey in peace.

Then he turned to her mother and asked her to fetch him writing paper. He drew up the marriage contract, how he gave his daughter as bride to Tobias according to the ordinance in the Law of Moses. After this they began to eat and drink.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

Response:       The Lord is kind and merciful.

All: The Lord is kind and merciful.

 

My soul, give thanks to the Lord, all my being, bless his holy name.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord

and never forget all his blessings. R/.

 

The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

As a father has compassion on his sons,

the Lord has pity on those who fear him. R/.

 

The love of the Lord is everlasting upon those who hold him in fear;

his justice reaches out to children’s children when they keep his covenant in truth. R/.

 

 

OT 5    A reading from the book of Tobit 8:4-8

On the evening of their marriage, Tobias said to Sarah, `You and I must pray and petition our Lord to win his grace and protection.’ They began praying for protection, and this was how he began:

‘You are blessed, O God of our fathers; blessed, too, is your name for ever and ever. Let the heavens bless you and all things you have made for evermore. It was you who created Adam, you who created Eve his wife to be his help and support; and from these two the human race was born. It was you who said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; let us make him a helpmate like himself.” And so I do not take my sister for any lustful motive; I do it in singleness of heart. Be kind enough to have pity on her and on me and bring us to old age together.’ And together they said, `Amen, Amen’.

The word of the Lord.

All:Thanks be to God.

 

Response:       The Lord is kind and merciful.

All:                  The Lord is kind and merciful.

 

My soul, give thanks to the Lord, all my being, bless his holy name.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord

and never forget all his blessings. R/.

 

The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

As a father has compassion on his sons,

the Lord has pity on those who fear him. R/.

 

The love of the Lord is everlasting upon those who hold him in fear;

his justice reaches out to children’s children when they keep his covenant in truth. R/.

 

 

OT 6    A reading from the Song of Songs 2:8-10.14.16;8:6-7

 

I hear my Beloved.

See how he comes leaping on the mountains, bounding over the hills.

My Beloved is like a gazelle, like a young stag. See where he stands behind our wall.

He looks in at the window, he peers through the lattice. My Beloved lifts up his voice, he says to me,

‘Come then, my love, my lovely one, come. My dove, hiding in the clefts of the rock.

In the coverts of the cliff, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is beautiful.’

My beloved is mine and I am his.

Set me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is strong as Death, jealousy relentless as Sheol. The flash of it is a flash of fire, a flame of the Lord himself. Love no flood can quench, no torrents drown.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

Response:     Happy are those who fear the Lord.

All:               Happy are those who fear the Lord.

 

 

 

O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways!

By the labour of your hands you shall eat. You will be happy and prosper. R/.

 

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in the heart of your house;

your children like shoots of the olive, around your table. R/.

 

Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion all the days of your life! R/.

 

 

 

OT 7    A reading from the book of Ecclesiasticus 26:1-4,13-16

Happy the husband of a really good wife; the number of his days will be doubled. A perfect wife is the joy of her husband, he will live out the years of his life in peace. A good wife is the best of portions, reserved for those who fear the Lord; rich or poor, they will be glad of heart; cheerful of face, whatever the season. The grace of a wife will charm her husband, her accomplishments will make him stronger.

A silent wife is a gift from the Lord, no price can be put on a well-trained character. A modest wife is a boon twice over, a chaste character cannot be weighed on scales. Like the sun rising over the mountains of the Lord is the beauty of a good wife in a well-kept house.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

Response:     I will bless the Lord at all times.

All:               I will bless the Lord at all times

 

I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips;

in the Lord my soul shall make its boast. The humble shall hear and be glad. R/.

 

Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us praise his name.

I sought the Lord and he answered me; from all my terrors he set me free. R/.

 

Look towards him and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed.

This poor man called; the Lord heard him and rescued him from all his distress. R/.

 

The angel of the Lord is encamped

around those who revere him, to rescue them. Taste and see that the Lord is good.

He is happy who seeks refuge in him. R/.

 

 

 

OT 8    A reading from the prophet Jeremiah 31:31-34

 

See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks – when l will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah, but not a covenant like the one I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. No, this is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel when those/days arrive – it is the Lord who speaks. Deep within them I will plant my Law, writing it on their hearts. Then I will be their God and they shall be my people. There will be no further need for neighbour to try to teach neighbour, or brother to say to brother, `Learn to know the Lord!’ No, they will all know, me, the least no less than the greatest – it is the Lord who speaks.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Response:     Happy are those who do what the Lord commands.

All:               Happy are those who do what the Lord commands

 

Happy the man who fears the Lord, who takes delight in his commands. His sons will be powerful on earth;

the children of the upright are blessed. R/.

 

Riches and wealth are in his house; his justice stands firm for ever.

He is a light in the darkness for the upright: he is generous, merciful and just. R/.

 

The good man takes pity and lends, he conducts his affairs with honour. The just man will never waver:

he will be remembered for ever. R/.

 

He has no fear of evil news;

with a firm heart he trusts in the Lord. With a steadfast heart he will not fear; he will see the downfall of his foes. R/.

 

Open-handed, he gives to the poor; his justice stands firm for ever.

His head will be raised in glory. R/.

 

 

 

It is appropriate to use this reading as a First Reading in the Easter Season. A reading from the book of the Apocalypse 19:1,5-9

I, John, seemed to hear the great sound of a huge crowd in heaven, singing, `Alleluia! Victory and glory and power to our God!’ Then a voice came from the throne; it said, `Praise our God you servants of his and all who, great or small, revere him’. And I seemed to hear the voices of a huge crowd, like the sound of the ocean or the great roar of thunder, answering, `Alleluia!

The reign of the Lord our God Almighty has begun, let us be glad and joyful and give praise to God, because this is the time for the marriage of the Lamb. His bride is ready, and she has been able to dress herself in dazzling white linen, because her linen is made of the good deeds of the saints.’ The angel said, `Write this: Happy are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.’

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

Response:     Let all praise the name of the Lord.

All:               Let all praise the name of the Lord.

 

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights.

Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host. R/.

 

Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, shining stars.

Praise him, highest heavens

and the waters above the heavens. R/.

 

All mountains and hills, all fruit trees and cedars, beasts, wild and tame,

reptiles and birds on the wing. R/.

 

All earth’s kings and peoples, earth’s princes and rulers: young men and maidens,

old men together with children. R/.

 

Let them praise the name of the Lord for he alone is exalted.

The splendour of his name

reaches beyond heaven and earth. R/.

 

NT 1    A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 8:31-35. 37-39

With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us – he rose from the dead, and there at God’s right hand he stands and pleads for us.

Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us.

For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

NT 2    A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 12:1-2. 9-18

Think of God’s mercy, my brothers, and worship him, I beg you, in a way that is worthy of thinking beings, by offering your living bodies as a holy sacrifice, truly pleasing to God. Do not model yourselves on the behaviour of the world around you, but let your behaviour change, modelled by your new mind. This is the only way to discover the will of God and know what is good, what it is that God wants, what is the perfect thing to do. Do not let your love be a pretence, but sincerely prefer good to evil. Love each other as much as brothers should, and have a profound respect for each other. Work for the Lord with untiring effort and with great earnestness of spirit. If you have hope, this will make you cheerful. Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying. If any of the saints are in need you must share with them; and you should make hospitality your special care.

Bless those who persecute you: never curse them, bless them. Rejoice with those who rejoice and be sad with those in sorrow. Treat everyone with equal kindness; never be condescending but make real friends with the poor. Do not allow yourself to become self-satisfied. Never repay evil with evil but let everyone see that you are interested only in the highest ideals. Do all you can to live at peace with everyone.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

NT 3    A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 6:13-15,17-20

The body is not meant for fornication; it is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. God, who raised the Lord from the dead, will by his power raise us up too. You know, surely, that your bodies are members making up the body of Christ. But anyone who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. Keep away from fornication. All the other sins are committed outside the body; but to fornicate is to sin against your own body. Your body, you know, is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you since you received him from God. You are not your own property; you have been bought and paid for. That is why you should use your body for the glory of God.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

 

NT 4    A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 12:31 – 13:8

Be ambitious for the higher gifts. And I am going to show you a way that is better than any of them. If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatever.

Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes. Love does not come to an end.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

NT 5    A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians 5:2. 21-33

Follow Christ by loving as he loved you, giving himself up in our place. Give way to one another in obedience to Christ. Wives should regard their husbands as they regard the Lord, since as Christ is head of the Church and saves the whole body, so is a husband the head of his wife; and as the Church submits to Christ, so should wives to their husbands, in everything.

 

Husbands should love their wives just as Christ loved the Church’ and sacrificed himself for her to make her holy. He made her clean by washing her in water with a form of words, so that when he took her to himself she would be glorious, with no speck or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and faultless. In the same way, husbands must love their wives as they love their own bodies; for a man to love his wife is for him to love himself. A man never hates his own body, but he feeds it and looks after it; and that is the way Christ treats the Church, because it is his body – and we are its living parts. For this reason, a man must leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one body. This mystery has many implications; but I am saying it applies to Christ and the Church. To sum up; you too, each one of you, must love his wife as he loves himself; and let every wife respect her husband.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

 

NT 6    A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Colossians 3:12-17

You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you, and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body. Always be thankful. Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God and never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

NT 7    A reading from the first letter of St John 3:18-24

My children, our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active;

only by this can we be certain that we are children of the truth

and be able to quieten our conscience in his presence, whatever accusations it may raise against us,

because God is greater than our conscience and he knows everything. My dear people,

if we cannot be condemned by our own conscience, we need not be afraid in God’s presence,

and whatever we ask him, we shall receive,

because we keep his commandments and live the kind of life that he wants. His commandments are these:

that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we love one another

as he told us to.

The word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

 

 

Alleluia, alleluia! (or During Lent: Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus) If we love one another,

God will live in us in perfect love.

Alleluia! (Praise and honour to you, Lord Jesus)

 

Alleluia, alleluia!

All who live in love, live in God, and God in them.

Alleluia!

 

Alleluia, alleluia! God is love;

let us love one another as he has loved us. Alleluia!

 

Alleluia, alleluia!

Everyone who loves is born of God and knows him.

Alleluia!

 

Gospel Readings (Priest)

Gospel 1          A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 5:1-12

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

“How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Happy are the gentle: they shall have the earth for their heritage.

Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.

Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied. Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.

Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God.

Happy the peacemakers: they shall be called sons of God.

Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” “Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Gospel 2          A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples: `You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men.

`You are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.’

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Gospel 3          A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 7:21,24-29

  Jesus said to his disciples: `It is not those who say to me, “Lord, Lord”, who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.

`Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against the house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock. But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and struck that house, and it fell; and what a fall it had!’

 

Jesus had now finished what he wanted to say, and his teaching made a deep impression on the people because he taught them with authority, and not like their own scribes.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Gospel 4          A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 19:3-6

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and to test him they said, `Is it against the Law for a man to divorce his wife on any pretext whatever?’ He answered, `Have you not read that the creator from the beginning made them male and female and that he said: This is why a man must leave father and mother, and cling to his wife, and the two become one body? They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.’

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Gospel 5          A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 22:35-40

A lawyer, to disconcert Jesus, put a question, `Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said, `You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Gospel 6          A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark   10:6-9

Jesus said, `From the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.’

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Gospel 7          A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, `They have no wine.’ Jesus said,

`Woman why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, `Do whatever he tells you.’ There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, `Fill the jars with water,’ and they filled them to the brim. `Draw some out now,’ he told them, `and take it to the steward.’ They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from – only the servants who had drawn the water knew – the steward called the bridegroom and said, `People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink, but you have kept the best wine till now.’

This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Gospel 8          A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 15:9-12

Jesus said to his disciples: `As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my

 

love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment: love one another, as I loved you.’

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Gospel 9          A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 15:12-16

Jesus said to his disciples:

`This is my commandment: love one another,

as I have loved you.

A man can have no greater love

than to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends,

if you do what I command you.

I shall not call you servants any more, because a servant does not know

his master’s business; I call you friends,

because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. You did not choose me,

no, I chose you;

and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last;

and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name.’

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 17:20-26

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

`Holy Father,

I pray not only for these, but for those also

who through their words will believe in me. May they all be one.

Father, may they be one in us,

as you are in me and I am in you,

so that the world may believe it was you who sent me. I have given them the glory you gave to me,

that they may be one as we are one. With me in them and you in me, may they be so completely one

that the world will realise that it was you who sent me and that I have loved them as much as you loved me. Father,

I want those you have given me to be with me where I am,

so that they may always see the glory you have given me

because you loved me

 

before the foundation of the world. Father, Righteous One,

the world has not known you, but I have known you,

and these have known that you have sent me.

I have made your name known to them and will continue to make it known,

so that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and so that I may be in them.’

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Homily

 

RITE OF MARRIAGE

 

All stand, including the bride and bridegroom. The priest addresses them in these or similar’ words:

 

 

Address Formulary I

Dear children of God, you have come to this church so that the Lord may seal your love in the presence of the priest and this community.

Christian marriage is a sacred union which enriches natural love. It binds those who enter it to be faithful to each other for ever; it creates between them a bond that endures for life and cannot be broken; it demands that they love and honour each other, (that they accept from God the children he may give them, and bring them up in his love).* To help them in their marriage the husband and wife receive the life-long grace of the sacrament. Is this your understanding of marriage?

R7.   It is.

 

Address Formulary II

Dear children of God, you have come to this church so that the Lord may seal your love in the presence of the priest and this community. Christ blesses this love. He has already consecrated you in baptism; now, by a special sacrament, he strengthens you to fulfill the duties of your married life.

The priest then questions the bride and bridegroom:

N. and N., you are about to celebrate this sacrament. Have you come here of your own free will and choice and without compulsion to marry each other?

R7.   I have.

Will you love and honour each other in marriage all the days of your life?

R7.   I will.

 

Are you willing to accept with love the children God may send you and bring them up in accordance with the law of Christ and his Church?

R7.             I am.

 

Address Formulary III

Dear children of God, you have come today to pledge your love before God and before the Church here present in the person of the priest, your families and friends.

In becoming husband and wife you give yourselves to each other for life. You promise to be true and faithful, to support and cherish each other until death, so that your years together will be the living out in love of the pledge you now make. May your love for each other reflect the enduring love of Christ for his Church.

As you face the future together, keep in mind that the sacrament of marriage unites you with Christ, and brings you, through the years, the grace and blessing of God our Father. Marriage is from God: he alone can give you the happiness which goes beyond human expectation, and which grows deeper through the difficulties and struggles of life.

 

Put your trust in God as you set out together in life. Make your home a centre of Christian family life. In this you will bequeath to your children a heritage more lasting than  temporal wealth.

The Christian home makes Christ and his Church present in the world of everyday things. May all who enter your home find there the presence of the Lord; for he has said: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Now, as you are about to exchange your marriage vows, the Church wishes to be assured that you appreciate the meaning of what you do, and so I ask you:

Have you come here of your own free will and choice and without compulsion to marry each other?

R7.   I have.

Will you love and honour each other in marriage all the days of your life?

R7.   I will.

Are you willing to accept with love the children God may send you, and bring them up in accordance with the law of Christ and his Church?

R7.   I am.

 

 

Declaration of Consent

 

Celebrant:

I invite you then to declare before God and his Church your consent to become husband and wife.

 

Groom:

I, N. take you, N. as my wife,

for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.

 

Bride:

I, N. take you, N. as my husband,

for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.

 

Celebrant:

What God joins together man must not separate.

May the Lord confirm the consent that you have given and enrich you with his blessings.

 

 

 

OR

 

Celebrant:

I invite you then to declare before God and his Church your consent to become husband and wife.

 

Celebrant:       N., do you take N. as your wife,

for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health,

till death do us part?

Groom:         I do.

 

Celebrant:     N., do you take N. as your husband,

for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health,

till death do us part?

Groom:         I do.

 

Celebrant:

What God joins together man must not separate.

May the Lord confirm the consent that you have given and enrich you with his blessings.

 

OR

 

Celebrant:

I invite you then to declare before God and his Church your consent to become husband and wife.

 

Groom:         N., do you consent to be my wife? Bride:  I do.

Bride:           N., do you consent to be my husband?

 

Groom & Bride:        We take each other as husband and wife

and promise to love each other truly

for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health,

till death do us part?

 

Celebrant:     The Lord has joined you together. May he fulfil his blessing in you; may he keep you in his love.

 

Blessing of Rings

 

1

Celebrant:                 May the Lord bless X this ring (these rings) which will be the sign of your love and fidelity.

All:                  Amen.

 

or 2

 

Celebrant:       Lord bless X N. and N. and consecrate their married life.

May these rings be symbols of their faith in each other and a reminder of their love.

All:                 Amen.

 

or 3

 

Celebrant:       Lord, bless these rings which we bless X in your name.

Grant that those who wear them may always be faithful to each other. May they do your will and live in peace with you in mutual love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All:                  Amen.

 

or 4

 

Celebrant:     Lord, bless X and consecrate N. and N. in their love for each other.

May these rings be a symbol of true faith in each other, and always remind them of their love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All:               Amen

 

Exchange Of Rings

 

Groom:

N., wear this ring as a sign of our faithful love (or, our love and fidelity).

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Bride:

N., wear this ring as a sign of our faithful love (or, our love and fidelity).

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 

Exchange of Gifts (Optional)

 

Groom [& Bride]:

N., I give you this gold and silver (Gift) as (a) token(s) of all I possess.

 

Lighting of Unity Candle (Optional)

 

Prayer of Newly Married Couple (Optional)

 

We thank you, Lord, and we praise you for bringing us to this happy day.

You have given us to each other.

Now, together, we give ourselves to you. We ask you, Lord:

make us one in our love; keep us one in your peace. Protect our marriage.

Bless our home. Make us gentle. Keep us faithful.

And when life is over unite us again where parting is no more

in the kingdom of your love.

There we will praise you in the happiness and peace of our eternal home. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Prayers of the Faithful

(The following are presented for use or as a guide for a couple to compose their own prayers)

 

 

Priest:     Let us pray, now, for the newly married couple, for married people everywhere, for the Church and for the world.

 

1        For N. and N. that the Lord, who has brought them to this happy day, will keep them forever in fidelity and love, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear us.

 

2        For the parents of N. and N., for their friends and all who have helped them to become husband and wife, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear us.

 

3        For the world and its peoples that the Lord may bless them with his peace and the protection of his love. Let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear our prayer.

 

4        For our community and our families, who welcome Christ into their lives; that they may learn to receive him in the poor and suffering people of this world, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear us.

 

5         For God’s Church, the Bride of Christ, that it may be united in faith and love, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear us.

 

6         For all who are victims of injustice, and for those deprived of love and affection, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear us.

 

7         For married couples everywhere that their lives will be an example to the world of unity, fidelity and love, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear us.

 

8         For those who mourn, while we are rejoicing,

that in their suffering and loneliness they may experience the strength of God’s support, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear us.

 

9         For the faithful departed and especially for those whom we, ourselves, have loved, that God will one day unite us again in the joys of our eternal home, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, hear us.

 

Priest:     God our Father, you are the creator of all that is good. Listen to these, our prayers, which we make with trust in Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

 

 

 

 

LITURGY OF EUCHARIST

 

Presentation of Gifts

 

After the gifts of Bread and Wine are brought to and placed on the altar the celebrant says:

Pray, brethren, that our sacrifice

may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.

 

All respond:

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name,

for our good, and the good of all his Church.

 

A

Lord, accept our offering

for this newly-married couple, N. and N.

By your love and providence you have brought them together; now bless them an the days of their married life.

(We ask this) through Christ our Lord.

 

or B

Lord, accept the gifts we offer you on this happy day. In your fatherly love watch over and protect N. and N., whom you have united in marriage.

(We ask this) through Christ our Lord.

 

or C

Lord, hear our prayers

and accept the gifts we offer for N. and N.

Today you have made them one in the sacrament of marriage. May the mystery of Christ’s unselfish love,

which we celebrate in this eucharist,

increase their love for you and for each other. (We ask this) through Christ our Lord.

 

Prefaces

A

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,

we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. By this sacrament your grace unites man and woman in an unbreakable bond of love and peace.

You have designed the chaste love of husband and wife for the increase both of the human family

and of your own family born in baptism.

You are the loving Father of the world of nature;

you are the loving Father of the new creation of grace.

In Christian marriage you bring together the two orders of creation: nature’s gift of children enriches the world

and your grace enriches also your Church.

Through Christ the choirs of angels and all the saints praise and worship your glory.

May our voices blend with theirs  as we join in their unending hymn:

 

Or B

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,

we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him you entered into a new covenant with your people. You restored man to grace in the saving mystery of redemption.

You gave him a share in the divine life through his union with Christ.

You made him an heir of Christ’s eternal glory.

This outpouring of love in the new covenant of grace is symbolised in the marriage covenant

that seals the love of husband and wife and reflects your divine plan of love.

And so, with the angels and all the saints in heaven we proclaim your glory

and join in their unending hymn of praise:

 

Or C

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,

we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.

You created man and woman in love to share your divine life. We see their high destiny in the love of husband and wife, which bears the imprint of your own divine love.

Love is our origin

love is our constant calling, love is our fulfilment in heaven.

The love of man and woman

is made holy in the sacrament of marriage,

and becomes the mirror of your everlasting love. Through Christ the choirs of angels and all the saints praise and worship your glory.

May our voices blend with theirs  as we join in their unending hymn:

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blest is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

Acclamation of Faith

 

  1. We proclaim your death, O Lord And profess your resurrection Until you come again.

 

 

 

Our Father (Lord’s Prayer)

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

 

 

 

 

 

Nuptial Blessing

 

Nuptial Blessing Formulary I

 

Let us ask God to bless N. and N., now married in Christ, and unite them in his love, through the sacrament of his body and blood).*

 

God our Father, creator of the universe, you made man and woman in your own likeness, and blessed their union.

We humbly pray to you for this bridegroom and bride, today united in the sacrament of marriage. May your blessing come upon them. May they find happiness in their love for each other, (be blessed in their children) and enrich the life of the Church.

May they praise you in their days of happiness and turn to you in times of sorrow.

May they know the joy of your help in their work and the strength of your presence in their need. May they worship you with the Church and be your witnesses in the world. May old age come to them in the company of their friends, and may they reach at last the kingdom of heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Nuptial Blessing Formulary II

 

Let us ask God to bless N. and N., now married in Christ, and unite them in his love (through the sacrament of his body and blood)

 

Father, you created the universe and made man and woman in your own likeness. You gave woman as companion to man so that they should no longer be two, but one flesh,

teaching us that those you have so united may never be separated.

Father, you have sanctified marriage in a mystery so holv that it is a sign of the union of Christ and his Church. Look with love upon N., as she asks your blessing. May she live in peace with you and follow the example of those women whose lives are praised in the scriptures.

May N. place his trust in her and see her as his companion.

May he always honour her and love her as Christ loves the Church.

 

Father, keep this husband and wife strong in faith and true to your commandments. May they be faithful to each other, examples of Christian living, and witnesses of Christ.   (Bless them with children and help them to be good parents. And, after a long and happy life together, may they enjoy the company of your saints in heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Nuptial Blessing Formulary III

Let us pray to the Lord for N. and N., who as they begin their married life come to God’s altar to deepen their love (by sharing in the body and blood of Christ).*

 

Father, you created man and woman in your own image and united them in body and heart so that they might fulfil your plan for the world.

To reveal your loving design you made the union of man and wife a sign of the covenant between you and your people; through the sacrament of marriage you perfect this union and make it now a sign of Christ’s love for his bride the Church.

Lord, bless this husband and wife and protect them. Grant that as they live this sacrament

they may learn to share with each other the gifts of your love.

May they become one in heart and mind as witnesses to your presence in their marriage. (Bless them with children who will be formed by the gospel and have a place in your family in heaven.)

May N. be a good wife (and mother), caring for her home, faithful to her husband, generous and kind.

May N. be a good husband (and a devoted father), gentle and strong, faithful to his wife, and a careful provider for his household.

Father, grant that as they now come as man and wife to your altar, they may one day share your feast in heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Nuptial Blessing Formulary IV

We call God our Father. Let each of us now ask him, in silence, to bless these his children as they begin their married life.

 

Father, from you every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. You made us. You made all that exists. You made man and woman like yourself in their power to know and love. You call them to share life with each other, saying “It is not good for man to be alone”. (You bless them with children to give new life to your people, telling them: “Increase and multiply, and fill the earth.”)

We call to mind the fruitful companionship of Abraham, our father in faith, and his wife Sarah. We remember how your guiding hand brought Rebecca and Isaac together,   and how through the lives of Jacob and Rachel you prepared the way for your kingdom. Father, you take delight in the love of husband and wife, that love which hopes and shares, heals and forgives. We ask you to bless N. and N. as they set out on their new life. Fill their hearts with your holy spirit, the Spirit of understanding, joy, fortitude and peace. Strengthen them to do your will, and in the trials of life to bear the cross with Christ.

May they praise you during the bright days, and call on you in times of trouble. (May their children bring them your blessing, and give glory to your name.

Let their love be strong as death, a fire that floods cannot drown, a jewel beyond all price. May their life together give witness to their faith in Christ. May they see long and happy days, and be united forever in the kingdom of your glory.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Lamb of God

 

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

 

A

Lord, in your love

you have given us this Eucharist

to unite us with one another and with you. As you have made N. and N.

one in this sacrament of marriage

(and in the sharing of the one bread and the one cup), so now make them one in love for each other.

(We ask this) through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

 

Or B Lord,

we who have shared the food of your table pray for our friends N. and N.,

whom you have joined together in marriage. Keep them close to you always.

May their love for each other proclaim to all the world their faith in you.

(We ask this) through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

 

Or C

Almighty God,

may the sacrifice we have offered and the Eucharist we have shared strengthen the love of N. and N., and give us all your fatherly aid.

(We ask this) through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

 

Final Blessings A

Celebrant: God the eternal Father keep you in love with each other, so that the peace of Christ may stay with you

and be always in your home.

 

 

 

 

All: Amen.

 

 

 

 

Celebrant: May (your children bless you) your friends console you

and all men live in peace with you.

All: Amen

 

Celebrant: May you always bear witness to the love of God in this world so that the afflicted and the need will find in you generous friends,

All: Amen.

 

Celebrant: And may almighty God bless you all, the Father, and the Son, X and the Holy Spirit. All: Amen.

 

or B

 

 

Celebrant: May God, the almighty Father,

give you his joy and bless you (in your children).

All: Amen.

 

Celebrant: May the only Son of God have mercy on you and help you in good times and in bad.

All: Amen.

 

Celebrant: May the Holy Spirit of God always fill your hearts with his love. All: Amen.

 

Celebrant: And may almighty God bless you all, the Father, and the Son, X and the Holy Spirit. All: Amen.

 

or C

 

 

Celebrant: May the Lord Jesus, who was a guest at the wedding in Cana, bless you and your families and friends.

All: Amen.

 

Celebrant: May Jesus, who loved his Church to the end, always fill your hearts with his love.

All: Amen.

 

Celebrant: May he grant that, as you believe in his resurrection, so you may wait for him in joy and hope.

All: Amen.

 

Celebrant: And may almighty God bless you all, the Father, and the Son, X and the Holy Spirit. All: Amen.

 

 

 

Signing of Civil Documents & Procession