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Wedding Mass - Format II

Liturgical Color: White

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

Introit:
Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy all our days. May the goodness of the Lord be upon us, and give success to the work of our hands (Psalm 89:14,17)

Opening Prayer:
Father,
hear our prayers for N. and N.,
who today are united in marriage before your altar.
Give them your blessing,
and strengthen their love for each other.
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 choices from which to select readings for the Marriage Ceremony. These are merely suggestions.
Genesis 2:18-24 [And the two will be one flesh. /v.24]
Psalm 103:1-2 / 8,13 / 17-18 [R. The Lord is kind and merciful. /v.8]
Colossians 3: 12-17 [Above all have love, which is the bond of perfection. /v.14]
Gospel Verse: I Jn 4:16 [He who lives in love, lives in God, and God in him.]
Matthew 22:35-40 [This is the greatest and first commandment. The second is like it. /v.38]

Prayer over the Gifts:
Lord,
accept the gifts we offer you
on this happy day.
In your fatherly love
watch over and protect N. and N.,
whom you have united in marriage.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Preface for Marriage II: [The great sacrament of marriage]
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him you entered into a new covenant with your people.
You restored man to grace in the saving mystery of redemption.
You gave him a share in the divine life
through his union with Christ.
You made him an heir of Christ's eternal glory.

This outpouring of love in the new covenant of grace
is symbolized in the marriage covenant
that seals the love of husband and wife
and reflects your divine plan of love.

And so, with the angels and all the saints in heaven
we proclaim your glory
and join in their unending hymn of praise:

  Holy, holy, holy Lord...

Nuptial Blessing:
Let us pray to the Lord for N. and N.
who come to God's altar at the beginning of their married life
so that they may always be united in love for each other
(as now they share in the body and blood of Christ).

Father,
to reveal the plan of your love,
you made the union of husband and wife
the image of the covenant between you and your people.
In the fulfillment of this sacrament,
the marriage of Christian man and woman
is a sign of the marriage between Christ and the Church.
Father, stretch out your hand and bless N. and N.

Lord,
grant that as they begin to live this sacrament
they may share with each other the gifts of your love
and become one in heart and mind
as witnesses to your presence in their marriage.
Help them to create a home together
(and give them children to be formed by the gospel
and to have a place in your family).

Give your blessings to N., your daughter,
so that she may be a good wife (and mother),
caring for the home,
faithful in love for her husband,
generous and kind.
Give your blessings to N., your son,
so that he may be a faithful husband
(and a good father).

Father,
grant that as they come together to your table on earth,
so they may one day have the joy of sharing your feast in heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon:
I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you, says the Lord. (Jn 13:34)

Prayer after Communion:
Lord,
we who have shared the food of your table
pray for our friends, N. and N.,
whom you have joined together in marriage.
Keep them close to you always.
May their love for each other
proclaim to all the world
their faith in you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Solemn Blessing:
May God the almighty Father,
give you his joy
and bless you (in your children). Amen.

May the only Son of God have mercy on you
and help you in good times and in bad. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit of God
always fill your hearts with his love. 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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