Post # 1
I have a meeting with my priest coming up and though I went to Catholic school for Kindergarten until I graduated from college (minus 2 years for jr high) I am having bride-brain and cant figure out what the readings are…
There’s the first reading and the second reading and those are from the bible (right?)
But then why do I need a third reader? Is it for the petitions?
And what If I wanted another reading? Like a poem? Can I do that? Is that generally allowed in Catholic churches?
I don’t want to make it obvious to the priest I havent been to church in a while… Im kinda nervous
Post # 3
Typically you have your first and second readings read by the bride and groom or people you pick then the gospel read by the priest followed by the homily. You will then pick someone to do the prayers of the people or petitions. Typically there are not outside readings during the mass, but you can talk to your priest about that as an option. It would probably be after the actual ceremony before the thank yous.
Post # 4
We had to choose old testament reading, new testament reading and psalm
Priest chose gospel reading. We were told non scripture readings were not allowed and shoukd be saved for recepcion or put in program
Post # 5
@HourThyme: first reading from the Old Testament. Second reading from the New Testament. Psalm from– psalms obviously. These are all read by whomever you wish, though most parishes want it to be a practicing Catholic who will be going to communion. Gospel reading done by the priest. No other non-biblical readings are generally allowed.
Post # 6
We had 3 readers at our ceremony. First reading from the old testament, second reading from the new testament and the prayer of the faithful/general intercessions. We had our Psalm sung but you can have this read if you want to also and the priest read the gospel reading. You will get to “personalize” your ceremony somewhat but not really. Your priest will give you a book with different options to choose from for readings, prayers, blessing, etc.
Hopefully your priest goes along with what you have picked out because mine didn’t when it came to the vows. We originally chose to have him phrase them as a question and we answer “I do.” At the rehearsal he had us recite them after him. At the ceremony he handed us a piece of paper with the vows on it for us to read to each other.
Post # 7
This whole thing was confusing to me so I hope this helps!
First reading is from the old testament, you get to pick who reads.
Second reading is from the new testament, you get to pick who reads.
Third reading is from Psalms, it’s sung by the cantor or read or sung by someone you know.
Fourth reading is the gospel reading, priest reads.
Fifth ‘reading’ is the prayer of the faithful, you get to pick who reads.
Also, you can pick who presents the gifts before communion (not really a speaking role).
Your readings usually have to be picked from a pre-approved readings. There is like 10 in each category to chose from. Generally only church approved readings are allowed and have to be scripture.
I found these website very helpful, and they have the readings to chose from:
Post # 8
Wow ladies! Thank you so much! We have our meeting tomorrow, this has been helpful!!!!
Post # 9
@CityBearBride: almost this! The psalm actually comes *between* the first and second reading. And the second reading is actually optional.