Marriage Rite - Regular

Thali, Saree, Unity candle, etc
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RITE FOR CELEBRATING MARRIAGE


(After the bride is ushered into the front by her father & mother, both the bridegroom and the bride face the priest.)

Priest: N. and N., you have come together in this Church so that the Lord may seal and strengthen your love in the presence of the Church's minister and this community. The Lord abundantly blesses this love. He has given you life and faith and has already consecrated you and now he enriches and strengthens you by a special sacrament so that you may assume the duties of marriage in mutual and lasting fidelity. As a sign of that you will separately light a candle symbolizing that you come separately as individuals before the Lord. 

N. lights the right side candle and N. the left side candle.
Mass begins as usual 

After the Homily, the priest examines the couple’s intentions with these questions:

N. and N., you have come together in this Church so that the Lord may seal and strengthen your love in the presence of the Church's minister and this community. And so, in the presence of this community and the Church, I ask you to state your intentions. 

Priest: N. and N., have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage? 

N. & N.: Yes, we have. 

Priest: Will you love and honour each other as man and wife
for the rest of your lives?
 

N. & N.:  Yes, we will. 

Priest: Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring
them up according to the law of the Lord and his Church?

N. & N.:  Yes, we will. 

Consent:

Priest: Since it is your intention to enter into marriage, join
your right hands, and declare your consent before God,
his Church and the community.
 

They join hands. 

N.: I, N., take you, N., to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.

N.: I, N., take you, N., to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.

Receiving their consent, the priest says: 

Priest: You have declared your consent before the Church and the community. May the Lord in his goodness strengthen your consent and fill you both with his blessings. What God has joined, let people not divide. (Now they disengage their hands)

Blessing and exchange of rings:

Priest: May the Lord bless + these rings, which you give to each other as a sign of your love and fidelity. May the Lord bless this thali as a sign of your binding with each other for life that you may remain faithful to one another. May the gracious Lord bless this wedding sari and adorn this bride not only with exterior beauty but also with interior purity and goodness and may she remain faithful to her husband all the days of her life.

Response:    Amen

As the bridegroom places the ring on her finger, he says: 

N.: N., take 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. Amen 

As the bride places the ring on his finger, she says: 

N.:  N., take 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. Amen 

N. now ties the thali. Then he adorns the sari on her head. The priest gives to each one a rosary. 

Priest: Now I present to you Mr and Mrs N., you may now kiss your wife. (Veil is lifted and N. kisses N.) 

Now they light the centre candle together. Meanwhile get ready for offertory procession 

Offertory Prayers with intentions follow 

Nuptial blessing follows after Our Father  

Priest: My dear friends let us ask God for his continued
blessings upon N. and N..
                                                     

All pray silently for a short while. Then the priest extends his hands and continues:

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

May your fullest blessing come upon her and her husband so that they may together rejoice in your gift of married love.

May they be noted for their good lives, and be parents filled with virtue.  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 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. 

Response:    Amen. 

Blessing at the end of the Mass:

Before blessing the people at the end of Mass, the priest blesses the bride and bridegroom:

God the eternal Father keep you in love with each other, so that the peace of Christ may stay with you and be always in your home; May your children bless you, your friends console you and all peoples live in peace with you.

Bride and bridegroom:    Amen. 

May you always bear witness to the love of God in this world so that the afflicted and the needy will find in you generous friends, and welcome you into the joys of heaven.
         
Bride and bridegroom:    Amen  

And may almighty God bless you all, the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit. Response:    Amen 
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Photos: First couple with priest, then couple with their parents and priest.
Signing the register: couple, witnesses, priest.