Rite of Marriage in the Catholic church.

The marriage ceremony celebrated by the Catholic Church can be offered in at least three different formats. The differences between them are basically: Mass marriage ceremony, ceremony without Mass and the ceremony to intermarriage. In all formats, not to make difference if the marriage is sacramental or not, the celebration of the rite of marriage is included.

The rite of marriage in the Catholic Church is universal and is celebrated around the world with the same intent and form. Always it consists of three main elements

Here is the entire rite of marriage as you can expect to receive in the Catholic Church, perhaps with some minor changes (particularly as the words chosen by the priest when he addressed the couple).

Catholic rite of marriage

The bride and groom and all the congregation stand, and the priest addresses them as follows (or similar)

Dear boyfriends: today have come to the house of God for the Lord to consecrate their love, in the presence of the minister of the Church and to the Christian community. You already have been consecrated by baptism. Now Christ, to bless the love you profess, they enrich and strengthen, through this sacrament, so that they can be mutually faithful and assume the responsibilities of married life. In order that the sincerity of your purpose may be clearly seen in front of the whole Church, interrogare them on their behalf.

Admonition and counting

The priest comes to question the couple on their freedom of choice, will marry each other, their desire to preserve faithful to each other, and accepting to have children and educate them as envisaged by the Catholic Church.

The priest asks: Boyfriend and girlfriend, appearing today in complete freedom, willingly, and without reservation, to marry each other?

Grooms answer: Yes, we do.

The priest question: Commit to love and respect, as faithful husbands throughout their lives?

> I> Grooms answer: Yes, we promise.

The priest asks: Do you also agree to collaborate in the creative work of God, taking responsibility in communicating life and education of children according to the law of Christ and the Church?

Grooms answer: Yes, we promise.

The last question may be omitted if the couple is advanced in age.


The priest continues: Then express their decision to marry with each other taking of the right hand, and expressing before God and his Church his marital consent.

The priest comes to first ask the groom: BOYFRIEND, want to receive wife BRIDE, you promise to be faithful both in prosperity and adversity, in health and disease, loving and respecting all his life?

The groom responds: Yes, I do.

Thereupon the priest asks the bride: GIRLFRIEND, you would receive for husband BOYFRIEND, do you promise to be true, both in prosperity and adversity, in health and disease, love him and respect him throughout his life?

The bride responds: Yes, I do.

The priest continues: Mr. confirm and strengthen that have expressed consent before the church, bless you, and make to you what your blessing promises: That man not separate what God has joined together.

Grooms respond: Amen.

Blessing and exchange of rings

The priest blesses the rings: Lord, bless and sanctify the love of these your children. Bless these rings which we bless in your name and gives the spouses who use a deep faith in each other. Allows these rings are a sign of fidelity to be, and serve to remind the love that unites them. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Grooms respond: Amen.

The priest goes to the groom: BOYFRIEND, delivers this ring your wife BRIDE, and remember that is a sign of your love and faithfulness.

The priest goes to the bride: Bride delivery alliance your husband Bride and remember that it is a sign of your love and faithfulness.

End of the rite of marriage.

Inclusion of local traditions.

The rite of marriage itself requires only that the three previous sections are completed … depending on the country where it is held marriage is common to introduce some traditions of marriage as the church permits. For example in Mexico traditions as ties, in Puerto Rico the arras, in the tradition of the veil Philippines among others are included.

Continuation of the ceremony

If the marriage ceremony is celebrated with Mass the priest continues the Mass with the universal prayer and other rites of the Mass and celebration of marriage. If it is a ceremony without Mass, the priest continues directly with the universal prayer, the nuptial blessing, our father prayer, the Eucharist (if held) and the final blessing.

Talk with your pastor and customize your marriage ceremony

Remember that a Catholic marriage ceremony with mass, or not, can be customized in almost every way including reading, psalm and the gospel addition to the sections corresponding to marriage (for which there are several options). Although a marriage ceremony without Mass is essentially the rite of marriage over the nuptial blessing, it can also be customized including the inclusion of personal to the universal prayer prayers and choice (three options) of the nuptial blessing. So go to your nearest parish in the company of your partner and together schmooze with the pastor to plan a super special and memorable ceremony.