Wednesday, July 11, 2012
WHILE EXERCISING THIS MORNING, I HAD A BRAIN STORM ABOUT THE RITE OF THE MARRIAGE AND ITS REVISION FOR US POOR MAIN-LINE LATIN RITE CATHOLICS
As you know the Anglican Ordinariate just issued new guidelines for the Rite of Marriage. This is one part of the rite below:
At the day and time appointed, the persons to be married come into the body of the Church with their friends and neighbours, and there stand together, the man on the right hand and the woman on the left.
The Admonition and Scrutiny follow immediately
Admonition and Scrutiny
The Priest shall say:
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God and in the
presence of this congregation, to witness the joining together of this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony; which is an honourable
estate, instituted of God himself, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church; which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought, in Cana of Galilee, and is commended in Holy Writ to be honourable among all men; and therefore is not by any to be
enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly; but reverently, discreetly, soberly, and in the fear of God, duly considering the causes for which Matrimony was ordained.
First, it was ordained for the increase of mankind according to the will of God, and that children might be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy Name.
Secondly, it was ordained in order that the natural instincts and
affections, implanted by God, should be hallowed and directed aright; that those who are called of God to this holy estate, should continue therein in pureness of living.
Thirdly, it was ordained for the mutual society, help, and comfort, that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity. Into which holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined.
Therefore if any one can show any just cause, why they may not
lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.
Speaking to the persons that shall be married the Priest shall say:
I require and charge you both, as you will answer at the dreadful day of judgment when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, that if either of you know of any impediment, why you may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, do you now confess it. For be you well assured, that so many as are coupled together otherwise than God's Holy Church doth allow are not joined together by God; neither is their Matrimony lawful in the sight of God.
At which day of Marriage, if anyone does allege and declare any
impediment, why they may not be coupled together in Matrimony,
by God's law, or by the laws of the nation, then the solemnization
must be deferred, until such time as the truth be ascertained.
If no impediment has been alleged, Mass begins with the Introit,
and the Greeting.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the
communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And with thy spirit.
The Kyrie eleison is sung or said. The Gloria in excelsis follows when not proscribed.
The Collect follows.
MY MOST HUMBLE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE REFORM OF THE REFORM OF THE ORDINARY FORM NUPTIAL MASS:
1. The wedding procession as is customary
2. At the foot of the Altar the priest gives the exhortation as above or similar to what the EF Latin Rite has a prescribed homily.
3. Skipping the just cause part in the Anglican Use, after
4. After the exhortation, the priest goes to kiss the altar and then to his chair as the Official Introit is chanted.
5. The Mass begins with the Sign of the Cross, Greeting and immediately into the sung Kyrie and Gloria, then Collect.