Extraordinary Nuptial Mass at St. Joseph Church
As I exercised at 5:45 AM this morning at the Macon Health Club, I was able to watch the royal wedding. How splendid! As the Archbishop of Canterbury described marriage as the relationship "betwix" Christ and His bride the Church, the camera panned to Sir Elton John and His husband. What irony! Those English! Those Anglicans! It is to laugh.
But what I did like, which Catholics have lost in the Ordinary Form of the Wedding Liturgy, is that the marriage vows are but a prelude to the main part of the Liturgy, whether it be a Liturgy of the Word or the complete Holy Eucharist in the Anglican Church (Episcopal).
In our modern Ordinary Form of the Mass, the marriage vows are celebrated now after the Liturgy of the Word and homily. So for the first half of the Liturgy, the couple is not married.
Not so in the Extraordinary Form of the Wedding Liturgy; the wedding vows like today's Royal Anglican Wedding are recited prior to the Nuptial Mass or Nuptial Liturgy of the Word. Thus the bride and groom are married for the entire Liturgy of the Word which they listen together and are instructed together as husband and wife.
The Anglicans have it right. Catholics have it half right. Let's reform the Ordinary Form wedding Liturgy and make the EF order standard. Just by two cents worth.