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“The Questions before the Consent” are an important part of a Catholic wedding ceremony. True to its name, this moment entails the celebrant (priest or deacon) asking the bride and groom a series of questions immediately before they exchange their consent and are married. As the Order of Celebrating Matrimony explains, these questions involve the […]
Starting September 8, a revised translation of the marriage rite can be used in the United States. There are two new adaptations and some other minor updates. It’s a chance to re-appreciate the beauty of Catholic marriage!
Megan and Juan are married! Out of all the moments of their wedding day and the days after, Megan writes that one of the most meaningful was when on the flight back to Chile, the newlyweds filled out one custom form “per family.”
The consent exchanged between bride and groom is the “indispensable element that ‘makes the marriage'” (Catechism). The beautiful words provide rich reflection for both engaged and married couples.
A bride and groom getting married in the Catholic Church know that their wedding is about more than the perfect dress or expertly staged pictures: for baptized Christians, marriage is a sacrament, and for all couples getting married Catholic, the wedding is a profound expression of God’s love and a witness to the couple’s faith. […]
Catholics marrying an unbaptized person or someone preparing for baptism (a catechumen) should use this form of the wedding ceremony. While not a sacrament, it is a valid Catholic wedding with many of the same elements as the wedding Mass.
When a Catholic marries a Christian of another denomination, the Order of Celebrating Matrimony Without Mass is usually used. The marriage will still be a valid Catholic marriage and a sacrament, and contains the same basic elements as the wedding within Mass but without the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
The Catholic Order of Matrimony centers around two key moments: the Exchange of Consent and the Nuptial Blessing. Marriage is rooted in the couple’s mutual vows of faithful love and is blessed by God as an image of the marriage between Christ and the Church. The couple’s declaration of reciprocal consent and the nuptial blessing reveal the sacramental nature of marriage as the spouses become symbols of Christ’s selfless love.