A photo any bride would want at her wedding!
BOMBSHELL! Clearly an option in the Ordinary Form of the Mass, the newly weds receive Holy Communion kneeling and by way of intinction! I've advocated this for so long and now I have it confirmed in the highest Church on earth and in the presence of Pope Francis! It is good to be vindicated by such high sources! See it at hour 1 and minute 52 in the video.
Please note the altar railing set up in from the the couples married by the Holy Father:
This morning Pope Francis celebrated Sunday Mass for the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross as well as the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony for 20 Roman couples. We Italians are such a handsome people if I do say so myself!
The Introductory Rite is interesting. In place of the Penitential Act, the Asperges is celebrated with the Blessing of the Holy Water in a unique antiphonal format. This is followed by the Kyrie which should never ever be omitted in any Mass but frequently is when the Penitential Act is omitted for some other ritual at the introduction.
Also, the other novelty is that the Nuptial Blessing takes place after the blessing and exchange of rings. In a Nuptial Mass, normally the Nuptial Blessing takes place immediately following the "Our Father" with the "Embolism" and Doxology omitted.
Yesterday Pope Francis celebrated an outdoor Mass remembering the dead of the wars Italy has fought.
In both these liturgies, Pope Francis models once again the ability to celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass in a solemn and sober way. I've said it before and will say it again, His Holiness celebrates Mass facing the congregation in an ad orientem sort of way. There is no ad-libbing at the introductory rite and His Holiness reserve is completely evident. He disappears to allow Christ to shine forth.
Please note how the Benedictine Altar Arrangement (traditional arrangement of the altar candles and crucifix) is continuing to be modeled by Pope Francis in all his liturgies. This certainly should be mandated by rubric or General Instruction throughout the world!