(Closed) How many readings?

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

In a Catholic wedding ceremony, there are 3 readings all together and a responsorial psalm, which can be read instead of sung if you want. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

In both the nuptial mass & nuptial ceremony (the one you’re doing), there are 3 readings…usually (if not always) there is one from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, & a Gospel reading.  Like @Mrs. Spring said above, you can also have the responsorial psalm read instead of sung. 

When you go to the Church to request the date & venue, they usually give you a book (“Together in Life” is the title, I think) that has suggested readings to choose from…but you can choose your favorites if you want.

Good Luck!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

The priest will do the Gospel reading, but you can choose the people to do the other two, though they might have to be Catholic, honestly not sure. I’m not practicing, but I recently read at my grandfather’s funeral mass. Then again, grandmother doesn’t know I’m not practicing any longer.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Whether they have to be Catholic may depend on the parish – talk to the priest at the church your getting married in or the parish secretary.  At my church, none of the participants (other than the bride or the groom) need to be Catholic, nor do they even have to be adults…my 11 year-old nephew (too old for ringbearer, too young for groomsman) will read one of ours (he does happen to be Catholic) & Fiance (he’s not Catholic, I am) is having one of his best friends (non-Catholic) read the other.

Just some unrelated FYI, you can have people participate in other ways, too: gift-bearers (people who bring up the host & wine), cantors/singers of the responsorial song/reading, reader for the Prayer of the Faithful.  Just in case you want to include others in your wedding…all of the above don’t have to be Catholic (although you may want someone who at least believes in God & his son Jesus to do the Prayer of the Faithful, since he/she will state some words that imply belief). 

Good Luck!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

My church requires the readers to be baptized Christians (although I don’t think they require any proof). They don’t have to be Catholic.

Like ms.pascua said, you should contact your church and they will probably give you a book which outlines the rite of marriage with the readings you can pick from. They’ll probably also tell you the rules and requirements for readers, music, and everything else.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We got a booklet, which was a big help. Even though we go on a regular basis, we would have driven ourselves batty trying to pick readings without any direction.

Check out some of the other Catholic posts, there are a lot of good suggestions on here for readings when you get to picking them.

A common Second Reading (from the New Testament, but not the Gospel writers) is from Paul’s Letter to the Corninthians:

“Love is patient, love is kind”, etc. I’m sure you’ve heard it before. It’s a super popular one.

Good luck on your conversion! As an aside though, I know that RCIA usually ends with the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Eucharist, Confirmation) on the Easter Vigil. You have to take several months of classes before that. Since Easter is soon approaching, I doubt you will be able to be ready for full initiation this year. You may have to wait until next year to convert fully. However, if your Fiance is fully initiated (Confirmed as an adult in the Catholic Church), then you would not have to be Catholic to have a Catholic ceremony.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My fiance and I had the same questions, and our Priest and Parish Secretary were both very helpful resources.  The Priest indicated that since we were not having a full Mass, the rules were much more lenient as far as the musical selections and who can perform the readings.  Our Parish Secretary also provided us with a book called “Together For Life” by Joseph M. Champlin.  It has all of the reading selections approved by the Church, as well as the “program” of the wedding with and without Mass.  Check it out, and talk with your Priest!

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper

Aruba, do you have a church chosen? I have some Catholic friends who were required to take part in full Mass at their respective churches. Just wanted to give you a heads up and make sure you are sure about that! 🙂

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