(Closed) Breaking of the Glass in Catholic Ceremony

posted 8 years ago in Interfaith
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

for jews, we do it at the end and i feel like it would be kind of weird any other place. it’s a really exciting moment, and a perfect way to end the ceremony.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@Ally9802: It really only makes sense to break the glass after you’re married, and the priest can’t move the order of the nuptial blessing, so it would have to go after that.  Personally, I’d put it after the unity candle.  Since it’s a high intensity moment when the glass breaks, I’d want to walk out after that.  Actually, what I’d personally do is ditch the unity candle.  I’d go blessing, then glass, then announcement, then recessional. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree with Artbee. Do it at the end.  FI and I are having our interfaith ceremony on September 5th! (I am Catholic, he is Jewish). The order of our interfaith ceremony is as follows:

Welcome

Processional

Gathering & Remembrance of Loved Ones Who Have Passed

Invocation

Explanation of the Chuppah

Seven Wedding Blessings

Biblical Reading

Secular Reading

Counsel of Marriage

Declaration of Intent

Vows & Exchange of Rings

Unity Candle

Pronouncement

Closing Benediction

Break Glass

Recessional

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@Monkeygirl: The problem is that the OP is actually having a valid Catholic ceremony, so she needs to follow the rubrics.  Your description above is for an invalid ceremony.  The proper order for a wedding without Mass is:

  1. Procession
  2. Greeting
  3. Opening Prayer
  4. OT Reading
  5. Psalm
  6. NT Reading
  7. Gospel Acclimation
  8. Gospel Reading
  9. Homily
  10. Vows
  11. Blessing and Exchange of Rings
  12. General Intercessions
  13. Lord’s Prayer
  14. Blessing
  15. Recessional

The couple is technically married after #10, but really you wouldn’t want to do a marriage celebration ceremony (sand ceremony, unity candle, breaking the glass, etc) until after #11.  You could do the unity candle after #11 then break the glass after #14.  As I mentioned, since breaking the glass is a high energy moment, you’d probably want to make your exit after that.

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