“The Church recognizes that each of you is a unique individual and, together, form a unique couple. Consequently, it hopes you will actively plan and participate in a nuptial ceremony that will be distinctly your own, while still following a pattern standard for all Catholic weddings.”

(Joseph M. Champlin, Together for Life, 1997)

Planning a wedding can seem like a daunting task. However, the liturgical team at Our Lady, Mother of the Church is here to help you in the planning process for your upcoming liturgy. You will be contacted by someone from our liturgical team after your have expressed interest in holding your liturgy at our Church.

The PDFs below are available for your use as you begin the liturgical planning of your wedding. We recommend downloading and printing them out to have on hand when you speak with our liturgical minister. You will also find for your reference a sample worship aid. It can be helpful for those attending your congregation to have a guide to lead them through the Mass. If you are interested in creating a booklet such as the one below, please contact our Director of Music.
Liturgical Selections Worksheet – Full Mass
Liturgical Selections Worksheet – Ceremony Only
Music Selections Worksheet
Sample Worship Aid

Entrance Rite

“The Entrance Rite begins the wedding liturgy and may start with a welcome by the priest or deacon. Often it simply begins with a process from the wedding party, and the bride and groom, who may be escorted by their parents. After all arrive in their places, they make the sign of the cross. The priest or deacon may greet everyone at this point if this did not happen earlier…Then the Collect is prayed.”

(Joseph M. Champlin, Together for Life, 1997)

Please choose one of the prayers from the following PDF and record it on your selection form using the letter-number coding that appears as the header of each prayer.
Collect

Liturgy of the Word

“In the scripture readings proclaimed during Catholic weddings, we hear of God’s steadfast love for his people and of our call to make the whole of our lives a response to that love. It is a love story that began at creation and culminated in the death and resurrection of Jesus, God’s only beloved Son. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the love of God poured out for us is made visible in the world. It is a love to which you will bear witness through the love you share as husband and wife.”

(Joseph M. Champlin, Together for Life, 1997)

Read through the following PDFs to choose one reading from each section that you want to use for your wedding and indicate your choice on the selection form. If you have additional questions on how a certain reading reflects the Sacrament of Marriage, please ask a liturgical minister for background about the reading.
Old Testament Readings
New Testament Readings
Alleluia Verse
Gospel Readings

Rite of Marriage

“The Rite of Marriage is at the heart of the wedding liturgy. Your exchange of vows before a pries or deacon (“the presider”), two primary witnesses, and the gathered assembly of your family and friends joins you together for life. In this sacramental moment, bride and groom are the primary ministers. They assure each other of love and faithfulness, and together they ask God to sustain and nourish forever their holy bond. In this way, they consent to be a sacred sign of his love in the world.”

(Joseph M. Champlin, Together for Life, 1997)

Please choose one of the prayers from the following PDFs and record it on your selection form using the letter-number coding that appears as the header of each prayer.
Introduction and Questions of Intent
G1-G2
Consent/Marriage Vows
H1-H2
Blessing and Exchange of Rings
I1-I3
General Intercessions
J1-J3

Please skip to “Nuptial Blessings” if you are holding only a ceremony and not a full Mass.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

“The love that you share as husband and wife finds its source in the love God has for us. This love was made perfectly manifest in the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. His sacrificial love freed us from sin and opened for us the gift of eternal life. In the Eucharist, that sacrifice of love is made really and truly present again and becomes for us the nourishment we need to live lives of love, forgiveness, and compassion.”

(Joseph M. Champlin, Together for Life, 1997)

Please choose one of the prayers from the following PDFs and record it on your selection form using the letter-number coding that appears as the header of each prayer.
Prayer Over the Offerings
K1-K3
Preface
L1-L3

Nuptial Blessing

“The Nuptial Blessing is the formal, extended blessing of the newly married couple. In it, the Church prays that the couple may continue to love each other; remain ever faithful to their marriage bond; be a sing of Christian discipleship and of God’s enduring love to all those with whom they come in contact; and be good parents to any children with whom they are blessed.”

(Joseph M. Champlin, Together for Life, 1997)

Please choose one of the prayers from the following PDFs and record it on your selection form using the letter-number coding that appears as the header of each prayer. Under certain circumstances, any phrases containing parentheses in the following documents may be omitted.
Nuptial Blessing
Prayer After Communion

Concluding Rite

“The liturgy concludes with a solemn blessing, prayed over you by the priest or deacon. Each of the options for the final blessing is comprised of short prayers to which the assembly responds “Amen.” At the end of the blessing the priest or deacon makes the sign of the cross over all those present.”

(Joseph M. Champlin, Together for Life, 1997)

Please choose one of the prayers from the following PDFs and record it on your selection form using the letter-number coding that appears as the header of each prayer.
Final Blessing