Post # 1
I actually got this idea from the Together for Life book, but I was thinking of including the text from the readings in the program, so people could follow along. I would also indicate when to sit and stand, and the appropriate responses. We don’t have a lot of Catholics attending, so I think they would appreciate it. And selfishly, I’d like to have a formal write-up of our readings for my wedding scrapbook.
Has anyone done this? Is there anything I should know before putting it together? Does it matter if I write the readings in paragraph form instead of the way it’s written in “Together for Life” and the Bible?
Post # 3
I considered doing this too, but I ended up not writing out all of the readings just because I couldn’t fit some of them as 1 per page, so it ended up looking more confusing rather than helpful. I did put the whole process of the ceremony down including names of all things so if they really wanted to whip out the bible to follow along they could. I included the appropriate response when necessary (for example during the prayer I let them know that the appropriate response was ‘Lord, hear our prayer’) and such. I think it worked because the responses were always loud during the ceremony and we had a lot of non-Catholics as well.
Post # 4
I’ve started making a program, but I couldn’t really find a template that had all the responses. It’s funny how when you go to write it down its easy to forget how the mass goes! Do you have one with the responses?
Post # 6
I wanted to do the same thing and my father found catholicbrides.com a website that creates programs that you can customize, etc. It was perfect and the process was so easy, a little time consuming b/c you have to approve your pdf a few times before you get it perfect, but everything comes straight out of the Together For Life book. It’s def worth checking out. If you have any questions let me know and if I can help I’d be glad too. Good luck!! PS I’m in the Boston area too and on the Knot board sometimes 🙂
Post # 7
I agree that including the readings is a nice gesture for your guests. I always appreciate knowing wuz going on in a wedding ceremony and having something to read. I did this for my own wedding.
I included all the readings and responses but excluded the standing/sitting part ‘cuz the layout may look too messy otherwise. Besides, the priest usually tells people whether to stand or sit, etc. I laid out the readings in a similar format as seen in the together for life book because I think it’s neater and easier toread but that’s just my personal style.
Post # 8
If you have family that will be sitting up front and knows when to sit, stand and kneel, I think that should suffice.
The big thing you should include is an explanation of communion, if you are having a full mass. This aspect will be really unfamiliar to some guests. I am an atheist now, but it is really important to me when I visit a house of worship to try to show respect in the way that the religion prefers (i.e. cover your head, don’t touch the Torah, don’t take communion, etc.) and I am sure I am not alone in that desire. If you have a Groomsmen or Bridesmaid or Best Man who isn’t Catholic, you may ask him or her to just sit through communion to show that it is perfectly acceptable. Also, if your priest is comfortable, you can include a note about just receiving a blessing during communion.
Post # 9
We are working on ours now. I swear, every example program I look at has things in a slightly different order, and its confusing!!!
A coworker got married last weekend and the nonCatholics in attendance said the sit-stand-kneel thing was confusing as well as the sign of peace and the Catholic Lord’s prayer. So, I’m adding that all to my super long program. I thought about typing out the readings, but its getting to be a little much.