(Closed) Alter question

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

As far as I know, nobody gets married on the altar.  Imagine how hard it would be to get up there with your dress and all…

Catholics are Christians, so I’m not sure what you are asking?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What do you mean “on the alter”? Yes, Catholics and PROTESTANTS can marry in a Catholic church.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m guessing you mean inside a catholic church? as far as I’m aware as long as both people are christians there is no problem.  I’ve never heard of a catholic person not being allowed to marry a protestant inside a catholic church

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@EverAfterBegins: Do you mean at the front of the church?  Yes, interfaith marriages can definitely happen in Catholic churches.

Depending on the church and/or your prefences, your ceremony might not include the Eucharist, though.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Usually you do step up onto the altar to be married, though I imagine it matters a bit on the layout of the church.

Catholics and other Christians can definitely be married.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I knew what you meant. 😉

You may have been thinking of back in the day, perhaps when our grandparents were getting married. I believe that you couldn’t get married in the church then, unless you were both Catholic. I’ve heard my grandmother talk about some of her sisters being “married in the priest’s parlor.” 

I’m glad those days are over! 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes, you can get married in a Catholic church if one of you is Catholic and the other is Protestant, but you need to do all the Catholic precana stuff, and agree to raise your children Catholic.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

@EverAfterBegins: The Catholic Church actually considers all Christians to be a member of the Catholic Church.  It’s just that some are in good standing (able to receive Communion) and some are not yet in good standing (unable to receive Communion). However, if a protestant becomes a Catholic, they are not rebaptized and it is not considered a “conversion”.

That said, about 40% of marriages in the Catholic Church are between Catholics and non-Catholics.  Here is an explanation of Catholic and non-Catholic marriages directly from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops: http://foryourmarriage.org/catholic-marriage/church-teachings/interfaith-marriages/ 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My mother was Catholic and my father was some other form of Christianity and they got married in the Catholic Church. So, yes they can.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes they can. I am marrying a Catholic and I am not one. We won’t be having Eucharistic celebration.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

You stand in the same place as two Catholics getting married, which varies slightly from church to church based on architecture.  Sometimes that means you physically approach the alter and stand in the chancel (the area “up the stairs” and around the alter) and sometimes not (here’s a good reference concerning areas of a church:  http://www.shermankuek.net/2007/09/church_architecture.php)

A marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic in a Catholic church is just as valid as a marriage between two Catholics.  There is no difference in the marriage ceremony between two Catholics and a Catholic and non-Catholic (other than the Communion, but two Catholics do not have to have Communion at their wedding).

 

 

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