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Wedding Mass - Format III

Liturgical Color: White

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

Introit:
Lord, I will bless you day after day, and praise your name for ever; for you are kind to all, and compassionate to all your creatures. (Psalm 144:2,9)

Opening Prayer:
Almighty God,
hear our prayers for N. and N.,
who have come here today
to be united in the sacrament of marriage.
Increase their faith in you and in each other,
and through them bless your Church (with Christian children).
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.
Jeremiah 31:31-34 [I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel. /v.31]
Psalm 148:1-2 / 3-4 / 9-10 / 11-12 / 12-14 [R. Let all praise the name of the Lord. /v.12]
I John 4:7-12 [God is love. /v.8]
Gospel Verse: I Jn 4:12 [If we love one another, God will live in us in perfect peace.]
John 15:9-12 [Remain in my love. /v.9]

Prayer over the Gifts:
Lord,
hear our prayers
and accept the gifts we offer for N. and N.
Today you have made them one in the sacrament of marriage.
May the mystery of Christ's unselfish love,
which we celebrate in this eucharist,
increase their love for you and for each other.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Preface for Marriage III: [Marriage, a sign of God's love]
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.

You created man in love to share your divine life.
We see his high destiny in the love of husband and wife,
which bears the imprint of your own divine love.

Love is man's origin,
love is his constant calling,
love is his fulfillment in heaven.

The love of man and woman
is made holy in the sacrament of marriage,
and becomes the mirror of your everlasting love.

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 ask God
for his continued blessings upon this bridegroom and his bride (or N. and N.).

Holy Father,
creator of the universe,
maker of man and woman in your own likeness,
source of blessing for married life,
we humbly pray to you for this woman
who today is united with her husband in this sacrament of marriage.

May your fullest blessing come upon her and her husband
so that they may together rejoice in your gift of married love
(and enrich your Church with their children).

Lord,
may they both praise you when they are happy,
and turn to you in their sorrows.
May they be glad that you help them in their work
and know that you are with them in their need.
May they pray to you in the community of the Church,
and be your witnesses in the world.
May they reach old age in the company of their friends,
and come at last to the kingdom of heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon:
I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall be ever on my lips. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord; blessed is he who hopes in God. (Psalm 33:1,9)

Prayer after Communion:
Almighty God,
may the sacrifice we have offered
and the eucharist we have shared
strengthen the love of N. and N.,
and give us all your fatherly aid.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Solemn Blessing:
May the Lord Jesus, who was a guest at the wedding in Cana,
bless you and your families and friends. Amen.

May Jesus who loved his Church to the end,
always fill your hearts with his love. Amen.

May he grant that, as you believe in his resurrection,
so you may wait for him in joy and hope. 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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