(Closed) Christian/ Catholic Wedding Traditions

posted 9 years ago in Catholic
Post # 4
26 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

For a marriage between a Catholic and non-baptized person to be valid, there needs to be a dispensation given by the local bishop.  However, you can incorporate some aspects recognizable in a Catholic Liturgy, even though it would not be a Catholic ceremony.

As you mentioned, the biggest way would be to have two Scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments and one from the Gospel.  You can get some of these reading suggestions from a priest or at this website:


Also, keep in mind while choosing your readings that the Bible used in Catholic Masses today is the New American Bible.  For more information on this, see this website:


Post # 5
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am becoming catholic (confirmation and communion end of March – yey!) and I think the scripture readings would be the best way, but the gospel should only be read by a priest I thought?


Post # 6
133 posts
Blushing bee

The Gospel can be read by anyone, but should only be read by a priest or deacon during the Liturgy of the Word (like at Mass).  It would be fine to have a non-clergy read the Gospel during a Catholic/Jewish wedding.  I’m not so sure the Jewish family would be so happy about that, but if you chose a passage that was acceptable to them, you could make it work.

If you’re looking for a specific passage, 1 Corinthians 13 versus 4-8 would be well known by all Christians without specifically referring to Jesus. 

Post # 7
30 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are trying to do the same thing. One Catholic aspect I am planning to include is the Sign of Peace (when you shake hands with people around you and wish them peace). I think it’s a great way to start the ceremony. Another thing is that we plan to use the traditional Catholic vows. 

I also highly recommend the bok Celebrating Interfaith Marriages by Rabbi Devon Lerner. It has a lot of ideas on how to create a personalized ceremony meaningful to both families, and it is so helpful! 



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