Catholic Wedding Liturgy

Wedding Liturgy Planning

 

Upon completion of your marriage preparation, you will determine if the marriage is to be celebrated at Mass or in a Liturgy of the Word. The determining criteria will center on the religious background of the bride and groom, and other matters which should be determined between you and your presiding priest or deacon.

You will receive the book Together for Life by Joseph Champlin, which, along with various prayers and blessings, contains those scripture readings most appropriate for use at weddings. In consultation with Sacred Heart's Liturgy & Music office, the engaged couple will select their prayers, readings and music. Once your selections have been made please submit through our Wedding Liturgy Form.

Non-scriptural passages are never used in place of the scriptures.   

 

WEDDING CEREMONY OUTLINES

PROGRAM FOR FULL MASS
(with communion)

Prelude Music

ENTRANCE RITE

Call to Prayer
Processional
Opening Song
Greeting and Welcome
The Collect

LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading
Responsorial Psalm
Second Reading
Gospel Acclamation
Gospel
Homily

RITE OF MARRIAGE
Introduction and Intentions
Exchange of Vows
Blessing and Exchange of Rings
Prayer of the Faithful

LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Preparation of the Gifts
Prayer Over the Gifts
Holy
Mystery of Faith
Amen
The Lord's Prayer
Nuptial Blessing
Rite of Peace
Lamb of God
Communion
[Meditation Song] Optional
Prayer After Communion

CONCLUDING RITE
Final Blessing
Presentation of the Couple
Recessional

PROGRAM FOR MARRIAGE OUTSIDE MASS
(without communion)

Prelude Music

ENTRANCE RITE

Call to Prayer
Processional
Opening Song
Greeting and Welcome
The Collect

LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading
Responsorial Psalm
Second Reading
Gospel Acclamation
Gospel
Homily

RITE OF MARRIAGE
Introduction and Intentions
Exchange of Vows
Blessing and Exchange of Rings
[Meditation Song] Optional
Prayer of the Faithful
Nuptial Blessing

CONCLUDING RITE
The Lord's Prayer
Rite of Peace (optional)
Final Blessing
Presentation of the Couple
Recessional

WEDDING LITURGY PLANNING

At Sacred Heart, a special form is used to help plan the wedding liturgy. Utilizing the different options found in Together for Life you can fill out this form. After your meeting with Sacred Heart’s Liturgy & Music department you will need to send the office a completed copy. The form can be submitted online or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wedding Liturgy Form  

pdf Facility & Liturgy Guidelines  (420 KB)