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For those getting married in the Catholic Church, the highpoint of the wedding day is the wedding liturgy, where bride and groom become husband and wife in the lifelong covenant of marriage (a sacrament for baptized Christians). Thoughtful, prayerful planning and participation in your Catholic wedding ceremony will bring many blessings to your married life.
Francis' advice about weddings:
"Make [your wedding] a real celebration – because marriage is a celebration – a Christian celebration, not a worldly feast! … What happened in Cana 2,000 years ago, happens today at every wedding celebration: that which makes your wedding full and profoundly true will be the presence of the Lord who reveals himself and gives his grace. It is his presence that offers the 'good wine', he is the secret to full joy, that which truly warms the heart.
"It is good that your wedding be simple and make what is truly important stand out. Some are more concerned with the exterior details, with the banquet, the photographs, the clothes, the flowers…These are important for a celebration, but only if they point to the real reason for your joy: the Lord's blessing on your love." -
—Address to engaged couples in Rome, February 14, 2014
"Saying I Do: What Happens at a Catholic Wedding"
This video walks the viewer through the three options for the Order of Celebrating Matrimony: within Mass, without Mass, and between a Catholic and a Catechumen or a non-Christian.
Suggested wedding readings, with commentaries: See left sidebar on page The Order of Celebrating Matrimony: the heart of a Catholic wedding Ecumenical and Interfaith marriages (when a Catholic marries a non-Catholic)
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