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Order of Service

Ceremony without Mass

ENTRANCE OF THE BRIDE

Song /instrumental music……

THE GREETING

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of the
Holy Spirit be with you all.
And with your spirit.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

First reading
(choose a friend or family member to read this)

At the end of the reading the reader says;
The word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm
Response to the psalm:………………………………
(Choose a friend or family member to read this)

Song………………………………

Gospel
(Choose the Gospel you would like the priest to read)

Before the Gospel the priest says;
The Lord be with you
And with your spirit

At the end of the Gospel the priest says:
This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

HOMILY

THE RITE OF MARRIAGE

(The following wording can be left out of the printing. The priest at Es Cubells and San Jose prefers couples to read their vows to each other,see attachment )

My dear friends, you have come to this church so that the Lord may seal your love in the presence of the priest and this community. Christ abundantly blesses this love. He has already consecrated you in Baptism and now he enriches and strengthens you by a special sacrament so that you may assume the duties of marriage in mutual lasting fidelity and so In the presence of the Church, I ask you to state your intentions.

………… and ………….. have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?

We have.
Will you love and honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?
We will.
Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his church?
We will

Declaration of consent

Since it is your intention to enter into marriage, join your right hands, and declare your consent before God and his church.

…………., do you take ……………..as your wife? Do you promise to be true to her in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love her and honor her all the days of your life?

BRIDEGROOM I do.

………………., do you take………………… as your husband? Do you promise to be true to him in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love him and honour him all the days of your life?

BRIDE I do.

You have declared your consent before the church .May the Lord In his goodness strengthen your consent and fill you both with his blessings.
What God has joined, men must not divide.

Blessing and exchange of rings

Lord, bless ………..and ……………..in their love for each other. May these rings be a symbol of true faith in each other, and always remind them of their love. Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

BRIDEGROOM: ……………., wear this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

BRIDE: …………….., wear this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

(Lighting of the unity candle ) (optional)

Song ………

Prayers of the Faithful

Response to the prayers: Lord Graciously hear us.
(Please choose the prayers you would like and a friend or family member to read them,see examples)
Nuptial blessing
(The priest prays the nuptial blessing over the couple )

The Lord´s Prayer
Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

CONCLUDING RITE
(The priest reads the solemn blessing and the couple answer AMEN after each verse)

Blessing and Dismissal
May Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Amen

Signing of the register
song ……………………..

Let us welcome the newly wedded couple ………………………………….

EXIT OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM
Song or instrumental………………………………

NB-There are many websites on the internet where you can choose suitable bible readings, responsorial psalms and Gospel readings for your ceremony.Or you may like to discuss this with your own priest.This is a very personal decision but if you are still finding it difficult to choose one please ask and I can send you our favorites.There are standard prayers to use for the Prayers of the Faithful and you can find these on the attachment.Our song list is made up of songs and instrumentals that have been chosen by wedding couples over the years.We keep the successful ones in our repertoire!Please use this list to help you choose for your ceremony and feel free to discuss your music with us at any time as it is a very important part of the ceremony for setting the reverence and ambiance right from the start.