- Miss Politico
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
In our meeting with the priest and in our Celebrating Marriage workbook, it discusses how the Rite of Catholic Marriage does not describe a form of the procession where the bride enters with her father and meets the groom at the altar. It talks about how as the two of us are the ministers for the sacrament of marriage, we are both included in the procession and that this reflects the Church’s understanding that the bride and groom are equal and complementary partners in marriage, as well as that there is not a reason to limit parental involvement in the processional to the bride’s father. It talks about how when the “tradition” of the bride escorted by the father to the groom was enacted, it was because it was a transfer of the bride between two men and most modern women–as well as the Church–would not see their marriage in this way.
I found this very progressive. It shows three processions:
A: altar server, reader, priest, usher and bridesmaid, best man and maid/matron of honor, groom with parents, bride with parents
B: altar server, reader, priest, usher and bridesmaid, best man and maid/matron of honor, goom’s parents, bride’s parents, bride and groom
C: altar server, reader, priest, usher and bridesmaid, best man and maid/matron of honor, groom’s parents, groom, bride’s parents, bride
I really like B but my fiance is very traditional and doesn’t want to do this so I’m leaning toward A. Are any of you doing one of these three approaches? How did people react when you told them?
My mom said that why would our Catholic priest back home and other priest friends violate the Rite of Marriage? Why would they have the bride given away if it was against Catholic teachings?
What are your thoughts? Catholic brides, what are you and your groom doing?