Rites of concluding the sacrament of marriage

Rites of concluding the sacrament of marriage

Rites of concluding the sacrament of marriage

Getting married, called a wedding, is surrounded by a wreath of prayers and symbolic activities, constituting the rites of the sacrament of marriage. Their purpose is to prepare directly for the decisive moment, showing the greatness of a sacramental marriage, showing the rights and obligations and asking God's blessing.

The sacrament of marriage should in principle be celebrated during Holy Mass. In the Constitution on the Holy Liturgy (Second Vatican Council, council, 78) this manner of contracting marriage was considered ordinary. Holy Mass. wedding has specially selected texts for this occasion: prayers, reading and singing. The newlyweds take an active part in it: they may bring bread and wine to the altar during the preparation of the gifts, as well as gifts from oneself and guests for those in need. Before Holy Communion. they can, and all present, appropriately convey to each other the sign of peace and love, can receive Holy Communion. under both forms, and a special solemn blessing after the Lord's Prayer and at the end of Mass. If for some good reason it is not possible to combine the sacrament of marriage with the Holy Mass., it can be given to oneself outside the mass sacrifice. Then, however, the newlyweds should ask to celebrate Holy Mass. for them, invite guests and join them at the Lord's Table.

The bride and groom in the wedding procession enter the church and take their place in front of the altar. The priest begins Mass. as usual welcoming them and everyone gathered and marking them, that the whole Church shares in their joy.

The Bible readings are now taking place (there may be three) according to numerous texts to choose from. These are texts from the Old and New Testaments. After the Gospel, the priest gives the homily on marriage, love, the duties of the spouses and the grace of the sacrament.

The homily is followed by the marriage rite. Everyone gets up, and in their dialect they approach the altar and stand before the priest, who, calling them by name, asks them the following questions:

(Name and surname) do you want to get married voluntarily and without any compulsion??.

The bride and groom answer: We want.

Do you want to remain healthy and sick in this relationship?, in good and bad fortune, until the end of life?

The bride and groom: We want.

Do you want to lovingly accept and raise children in Catholic terms?, which God will give you?

The bride and groom: We want.

These three pre-marriage questions are intended to ascertain the freedom of choice in the presence of witnesses, about the complete freedom of decision of persons entering into marriage and their Christian approach to the indissolubility and tasks of marriage.

Then all the assembled singers sing a hymn to the Holy Spirit, O Creator, Spirit, come, asking the Spirit of truth and the Sanctifier for the gifts and favors necessary in marriage.

At important moments, the Church calls for the help of the Holy Spirit, This, who at the beginning of the universe hovered over the waters, to give him order, beauty and life. It was the Holy Spirit who descended on Mary and caused her at the Annunciation, that she became the Mother of the Son of God. Holy Spirit, being the love of the Father and the Son, he is to strengthen the spouses' love with the seal of his love. It is to become a source of grace, love and new life.

When they get married, the bride and groom turn to each other and shake their right hands, and the priest binds them with the end of the stole. From now on those hands, now tied with a stole, they will go with each other inextricably, helped, they supported each other – whether they will be young hands, healthy, strong, or overworked, cracked, covered with wrinkles.

The bride and groom now repeat one by one after the priest:

And (name) I take you (name) for wife (husband) and I vow love to you, marital fidelity and honesty, and that I will not leave you until death. So help me, Lord God Almighty, in the Trinity, one and all the saints.

The essence of the sacrament has been fulfilled. The oath was made to Christ and to the Church community. Christ at that moment stood next to the spouses. It strengthens their unity and love. He will accompany them throughout their married life and bestow favors of the state. They will need his help, to protect them from selfishness. Love and marital fidelity will go through times of trial and trial – Christ's presence will then be a pledge of perseverance. At the same time, Christ's elevation of marriage to the dignity of a sacrament strengthens the vocation of spouses to participate in the salvation of each other., your children and other people.

So marriage is not just a personal affair between two people, it is necessary for society and for the Church.

After marriage, the priest blesses the wedding rings. The husband puts a wedding ring on his wife's ring finger and addresses her by name:

(Name) accept this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness. In the name of the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Likewise, the wife puts a wedding ring on her husband's finger, saying the same words. Wedding rings, which the spouses put on their fingers, they become a visible sign of a marriage. They will henceforth be eloquent proofs and reminders of the vow, they will accompany common days, they will be silent witnesses of all events.

The spouses spend further moments at the altar in fervent prayer for God's blessing, that they can faithfully fulfill it, what they vowed. They are not alone in this prayer, the whole Church prays with them. The liturgy of marriage provides for the common prayer of the faithful.

After the Lord's Prayer, the priest says the text of a solemn blessing to the spouses with outstretched hands. Holy Communion. spouses can accept in two forms. Holy Mass. wedding ceremony ends with a special blessing for the newlyweds.

If a sacramental marriage is celebrated outside of, The common prayer for the newlyweds ends with the recitation of the Lord's Prayer together. If the bride and groom want it, and it is advisable, they can also receive Holy Communion. and make a joint thanksgiving before receiving the concluding blessing.

Here is the content of the prayers and gestures, which accompany the first meeting of two young people with Christ sanctifying their marriage. How many deep thoughts, of truths and sensations are given by those moments lived at the foot of the altar. May they leave an indelible mark. May all the words spoken prove to be effective in the hardships of everyday life.