(Closed) HELP..ceremony program (Catholic, Nuptial)

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I got my template from the “Together for Life” book that we chose our readings from.  I don’t think there was a Penitential Rite or Gloria in there.  I chose to omit the text for the Opening Prayer and the Nuptial Blessing and the Lord’s Prayer, because of space constraints.  I also didn’t think that was something people necessarily needed to follow along with the text.  We’re not having a full mass but here is my template:


Prelude……….Bach, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Seating of the Grandmothers and Mothers

(Please Stand)

Entrance Rite:

Processional…………Clarke, Trumpet Voluntary


Opening Prayer (we omitted the exact text here)


Liturgy of the Word:

First Reading: Tobit 8:4B-8 (Please Sit)

Read by: XXXX – Friend of the Bride

(reading text spelled out exactly as in “T4L”

The Word of the Lord.

Response: Thanks be to God


Responsorial Psalm 33: “The Goodness of the Lord.”

Response: The Earth is full of the Goodness of the Lord


Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:8A

Read by: XXXX – Friend of the Groom

(reading text spelled out exactly)

The Word of the Lord

Response: Thanks be to God


Gospel Acclamation: “Celtic Alleluia”

(Please stand and join the cantor on the refrain)


Gospel: Matthew 7:21,24-29

Read by: Father XXXX

(Gospel reading went here)

The Gospel of the Lord.

Response: Praise to you Lord, Jesus Christ.


Homily (Please sit)


The Rite of Marriage

Introductory Address

Statement of Intentions (PLease stand)

Consent and Exchange of Vows

Blessing and Exchange of Rings

Prayers of the Faithful

(Response: Lord, hear our prayer)

Nuptial Blessing (Response: Amen)


Concluding Rite

The Lord’s Prayer (Response: Amen)

Final Blessing (Response: Amen)

Recessional…….Beethoven “Hymn of Joy”

Post # 5
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ask your church liturgist if they have a book you can borrow.  For most of the readings and prayers there are a few different options.

Post # 7
9 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

My FH’s brother got married in a Catholic ceremony and the priest already had the order picked out. I’m sure your priest could give you a suggestion on readings/order of ceremony.

Post # 8
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@luli29 – I have a full program/mass file, it’s from my sister’s wedding, however Im from overseas so maybe yours will be a little different. I could send you the Word file in case youre interested. Message me your email add or something if youre interested.

Post # 9
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Okay, I had SUCH a hard time trying to do this too! I wanted one with all the responses so that people who weren’t Catholic didn’t feel way out of place. I’m not sure mine is perfect because I pieced it together from a few resources. But here you go! Its from a Mac, so all the pretty formatting got lost in the exchange. They did look much better in person!

Post # 10
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

OH boo. It looks like its not going to work posting it like that. Just PM me and I can send it to you.

Post # 11
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My priest gave me a little “workbook” with all the info inside…with little spaces where we need to pick our readings. Maybe your chuch has one you can borrow? Usually the music person has something  that is very detailed.

Post # 12
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ahhh!! So glad someone else is having this issue!!!

Post # 13
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010


Go, register, and pretend like you’re putting a full mass together. It will walk you through the ENTIRE thing! Just, don’t send it to them or “finish” unless you want them to print it… etc…

Post # 14
31 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our priest was a HUGE help in editing the program once we had the bare bones together. He was very firm on what should/should not be included, so I would keep in mind that any format you create should probably get the seal of approval from your priest before you begin printing.

Below is our program, hope this helps! (sorry for any wonky formatting)

The Wedding Celebration Uniting Marie Claire & Warren Patrick

Date, Church, Location


Music for Trumpet and Organ



Trumpet Tune • Purcell


Trumpet Voluntary • Clarke









Opening Prayer






First Reading

Thanks be to God.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12



Psalm Response

Psalm 103:1-2, 8, 13, 17-18

Refrain: The Lord is kind and merciful.


Second Reading

Thanks be to God.

Romans 12:1-2, 9-18



Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.




Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

John 15:9-12














Statement of Intentions


Consent and Exchange of Vows


Blessing and Exchange of Rings










Let the Bright Seraphim • Handel








Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest. 



Memorial Acclamation


Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.



Great Amen

Amen, Amen, Amen. 










The Lord’s Prayer


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;

Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  


Nuptial Blessing


Sign of Peace 

You are invited to exchange a sign of peace with one another,

usually done by shaking hands while saying “Peace be with you.”


Agnus Dei


Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.


Communion and Prayer

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring • Bach





Final Blessing




Rondeau • Mouret

Post # 15
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you want, PM me your email address and I can send you the 7 pages I have for our program so far, lol. 

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