Weddings

 

 

Weddings

Rev. Msgr. Lloyd Aiken, V.F.

laiken@archbalt.org

To begin your wedding plans or to speak to someone about arranging for a blessing for your marriage, please contact the Parish Office (click here).

The Wedding Liturgy

The most important part of the wedding liturgy, the essence of the Rite of Marriage, is the exchange of vows between the bride and the groom. All other components of the celebration revolve around this simple, yet profound statement. In planning the wedding liturgy, there are many options available to the couple that will serve to make their celebration even more personal and memorable.

  • The couple may choose two (2) or three (3) Scripture readings (including the Gospel), may select from various prayer formulations, choose form several general intercession models or create their own (with the priest's or deacon's assistance), and have friends and / or relatives proclaim the Scripture readings and intercessions.

     

  • The presiding priest / deacon will provide the couple with a booklet that presents and describes these options in detail and should also work with the couple as they prepare their wedding liturgy.

     

  • When both the bride and groom are Catholic, the Rite of Marriage normally takes place within the context of the celebration of Mass.

     

  • When only the bride or groom is Catholic, the Rite is often celebrated by itself, including readings from Sacred Scripture; however, a Nuptial Mass may also be celebrated.

     

  • The couple should consult with the presiding priest / deacon incoming to a decision about the form of the liturgy.

Lectors (Readers)

Both the Nuptial Mass and the Rite of Marriage include readings form Scripture; these are an integral part of the wedding liturgy. It is encouraged that the couple engage family members and / or friends to proclaim the reading(s) as well as the general intercessions (prayer of the faithful).