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The Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass The Celebration of Marriage

When a Catholic marries someone who is unbaptised the liturgy reflects the hopes and belief God disposed man and woman for each other so that they might be ‘no longer two but one’. In
of the couple. This means that some elements in this liturgy may be omitted or shortened. this way they are to live in love, be fruitful, and this way become a sign of God himself, who is
nothing but overflowing love.
The Introductory Rites Introduction all stand The Lord’s Prayer
The Introductory Rites help the people come together as one community of prayer. The Questions before the Consent God the Father wills that his children
The minister asks the couple about their freedom of choice, be of one heart in charity;
Entrance Procession all stand
The bridal party enter in procession.
fidelity to each other, and the acceptance and upbringing let those who are Christian call upon him
of children.
in the prayer of God’s family,
Introduction The Civil Declaration of Freedom which our Lord Jesus Christ has taught us:
The minister welcomes everyone to the celebration and
The couple declare their freedom to marry.
invites all present to pray for and support the couple. Our Father, who art in heaven,
The Collect The Consent hallowed be thy name;
The couple give their consent to one another, pledging to thy kingdom come,
After the Introduction the minister, says:
love and cherish their spouse for ever.
Let us pray. thy will be done
And all pray in silence with the minister for a while. The Reception of the Consent on earth as it is in heaven.
Then the minister says the Collect prayer, at the end of The minister prays for the couple. He then invites those
which the people acclaim: present to praise God. Give us this day our daily bread,
Amen. Let us bless the Lord. and forgive us our trespasses,
Thanks be to God. as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
The Blessing and Giving of Rings but deliver us from evil.
The Liturgy of the Word The couple exchange rings as a sign of their marriage.
All listen to one or more readings from Sacred Scripture which express the Church’s Hymn The Nuptial Blessing
understanding of marriage. The minister prays for and blesses the couple so that they
A hymn may be sung.
may grow in love and fidelity. The prayer may be omitted.
First Reading  all sit Gospel all stand The Prayer of the Faithful At the end of the long prayer the people acclaim:
To indicate the end of the reading, the reader acclaims: The assembly stands to sing the Gospel Acclamation to After each intention there is a pause while the faithful pray. Amen.
The word of the Lord. welcome the Gospel. They remain standing in honour of Lord, in your mercy.
the Gospel reading, the high point of the Liturgy of the
Thanks be to God. Word.
Hear our prayer.
The minister concludes the Prayer with a collect.
Psalm The Lord be with you.
After the First Reading the psalmist or cantor sings or says And with your spirit. The Concluding Rites
the Psalm, with the people making the response. The final blessing brings the liturgy to a conclusion. It sends people out to continue the celebration.
A reading from the holy Gospel
Second Reading   according to N. Blessing Signing of the Register
There may also be a second reading. It concludes with the May almighty God bless all of you, The couple, witnesses and minister sign the Register.
same response as above.
Glory to you, O Lord.
At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest,   who are gathered here, Procession
acclaims: the Father, and the Son,
The Gospel of the Lord.   and the Holy Spirit.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
The blessing may be followed by a final hymn.
The Homily all sit
At the end of the Homily it is appropriate for there to be a
brief silence for recollection.

Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, Order of Celebrating Matrimony © 2013, International
Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.
Compilation & layout © 2016 Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. www.liturgyoffice.org.uk OCM-4P Office
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