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Wedding Mass - Format I

Liturgical Color: White

Themes & Motives: love, commitment, Christ & the Church

Introit:
May the Lord send you help from his holy place and from Zion may he watch over you. May he grant you your heart's desire and lend his aid to all your plans. (Psalm 19:3,5)

Opening Prayer:
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. Amen.

-- or --

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. Amen.

Lectionary Readings:
There are many options given in the Lectionary from which to select readings for the Marriage Ceremony. These are merely suggestions.
Genesis 1:26-28,31 [Male and female He created them. /v.27]
Psalm 128:1-2 / 3 / 4-5 [R. Happy are those who fear the Lord. /v.1]
I Corinthians 12:31-13:8 [Love is patient, love is kind. /v.4]
Gospel Verse: I Jn 4:8,11 [God is love; let us love one another as He has loved us.]
Mark 10:6-9 [They are no longer two, but one flesh. /v.8]

Prayer over the Gifts:
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 all the days of their married life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Preface for Marriage I: [The dignity of the marriage bond]
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 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:

  Holy, holy, holy Lord...

Nuptial Blessing:
My dear friends, let us turn to the Lord and pray
that he wll bless with his grace this woman (or N.)
now married in Christ to this man (or N.)
and that [through the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ]
he will unite in love the couple he has joined in this holy bond.

Father,
by your power you have made everything out of nothing.
In the beginning you created the universe
and made mankind in your own likeness.

You gave man the constant help of woman
so that man and woman should no longer be two, but one flesh,
and you teach us that what you have united
may never be divided.

Father,
by your plan man and woman are united,
and married life has been established
as the one blessing that was not forfeited by original sin
or washed away in the flood.

Look with love upon this woman, your daughter,
now joined to her husband in marriage.
She asks your blessing.
Give her the grace of love and peace.
May she always follow the example of the holy women
whose praises are sung in the scriptures.

May her husband put his trust in her
and recognize that she is his equal
and the heir with him to the life of grace.
May he always honor her and love her
as Christ loves his bride, the Church.

Father,
keep them always true to your commandments.
Keep them faithful in marriage
and let them be living examples of Christian life.

Give them the strength which comes from the gospel
so that they may be witnesses of Christ to others.
[Bless them with children
and help them to be good parents.
May they live to see their children's children.]
And, after a happy old age,
grant them fullness of life with the saints
in the kingdom of heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon:
Christ loves his Church, and he sanctified himself for her so that she could become like a holy and untouchable bride. (See Eph 5:25-27)

Prayer after Communion:
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 one 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. Amen.

Solemn Blessing:
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. Amen.

May [your children bless you,]
your friends console you
and all men live in peace with you. Amen.

May you always bear witness to the love of God in this world
so that the afflicted and the needy
will find in you generous friends
and welcome you into the joys of heaven. Amen.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The English translation of the Introit, Opening Prayer, Psalm Refrain, Gospel Verse, Prayer over the Gifts, Preface, Communion Antiphon, Prayer after Communion, and Solemn Blessing from The Roman Missal, © Copyright 1973, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.

Excerpts from the First Reading, Second Reading and Gospel are taken from the New American Standard Bible ® © Copyright 1973 The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.


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