Order of Celebrating Matrimony:
Preparing the Marriage Liturgy
Resources for the Order of Celebrating Matrimony
This page contains guidance and resources for couples and others to help prepare the Wedding liturgy. This inclusdes:
- Readings from Scripture
- Order of Service Templates
- For Musicians
- A Guide to Preparing your Wedding Liturgy
Readings from Scripture
An important part of the Marriage liturgy will be the readings from Scripture taken from the Lectionary. New to this edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony is a requirement that one of the readings chosen speaks explicitly about marriage. These are shown on the list of readings by the letter 'M'
There are a guide to choosing the readings for the wedding liturgy, questions for reflection on each of the readings and the texts of the readings.
Order of Service Templates
Two different forms for the Order of Service are offered.
The first is a Word document which provides a template which can be editted. The document makes use of the Comments feature in Word to provide notes on the various options. These comments should be deleted or hidden before printing.
- Order of Celebrating Matrimony with Mass (Word doc)
- Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass (Word doc)
The second form offers a pdf which may be freely reproduced. This includes the structure of the wedding liturgy and the responses made by the people. It is intended that it might be inserted into another leaflet which contains the hymns etc. of the Wedding
- Order of Celebrating Matrimony with Mass (pdf)
- Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass (pdf)
- Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass where one of the couple is not baptised (pdf)
Templates to assist musicians when preparing Wedding liturgies with couples. There is space to note the liturgical and musical choices. This includes a separate space where initial ideas can be noted. The forms are available as either Word documents or PDFs.
- Order of Celebrating Matrimony with Mass
- Order of Celebrating Matrimony without Mass
Preparing your Wedding Liturgy
In these pages you will find a guide to the wedding liturgy and to the choices you can make for your celebration. This guide follows a number of pathways to help you make choices. It is intended that you read through the various sections in the order that suits you.