Post # 1
We’re having our engagement blessed this Sunday during mass. In my church this is optional, but I felt like it was something we should do to honor our engagement. I’m sure other Catholic brides understand! I’ve never seen one before though. I don’t really know what to expect. Does anyone have any experiences to share? We invited my baptist in-laws-to-be, so I’m extra nervous. (FI is not Catholic but is interested in the faith and fully supportive of having a Catholic wedding and marriage.)
Post # 3
My husband and I got our engagement blessed at St. John Cantius parish in Chicago. We didn’t get married there. We were forced to delay our marriage and it sort of renewed our engagement. It was better than the proposal.
Honestly, unless the groom is truly surprising the bride with a proposal (where she has absolutely no clue), I’d recommend that Catholic couples seek this sort of thing out if they can.
It was involved reading one of the psalms. We had different parts. It seems to make more sense for the engagement ring to be given at this time. The priest was a little surprised I was wearing my engagement ring already. He blessed it with it on my finger, but I did get the impression that my husband was supposed to give it to him. Then it was almost like wedding vows. We pledged to give ourselves to each other in marriage and to adequately prepare for our wedding day by frequent reception of the sacraments and striving to live a chaste life.
I would recommend dressing up for the day. Ours happened at a little marian side chapel. There was not a lot of room for people to witness. Just our parents showed up though we invited more people. It also happened after Mass so there were people still leaving pews and passing by, but it still brought tears to our eyes.
We signed a certificate (not legally binding) and the priest signed it. We have it framed and had it on display at our wedding reception beside our wedding registry. On the other side of the table, we had our parents’ wedding pictures and pictures of us as children.