Post # 1
This is a question from a friend of mine.
Neither the bride or groom are practicing Christians but they would like to include their family religions. They don’t want to do mass/ communion.
How else can they represent Catholicism?
help please 🙂
Post # 3
That’s a hard question, because a lot of the “Catholic” elements of a Catholic wedding are very religion-based (like the Mass, the eucharist, readings, etc), and probably wouldn’t make much sense or be too meaningful outside of the faith. You might be able to find something helpful in this thread, though:
Post # 4
i am a baptist marrying a catholic, and we are having a christian ceremony – alot of the stuff that you would normally do in a catholic mass you cant really do in a regular christian ceremony sans priest. . i ended up writing our ceremony based on both the baptist and catholic traditions – luckily they are very similar. keeping things like honoring the virgin mary, but changing the wording a bit as well as melding the two types of vows together. if you want a copy of what i came up with (with the help of my baptist minister father and alot of catholic texts and friends) i would be happy to send you a copy 🙂 just PM me and let me know 🙂
Post # 5
When you say “practicing Christian” do you mean they’re agnostic/atheist or that they just don’t attend any churches on Sunday? If they BELIEVE in Christ, they can always do bible readings. In Catholic weddings and masses we do a reading from the Old Testament, a Responsorial Pslam which involves everyone, a reading from the New Testament, and then a reading from the Gospel.
The main “catholic” traditions are really just things that occur in mass. the “wedding” itself isn’t really any different than a secular one, it just takes place within a mass, usually.
Post # 6
One of my favorite parts of our Catholic ceremony was the Nuptial Prayer; they might be able to include that. Also, I’ve heard of non-practicing Catholics incorporating the Sign of Peace into their marriage ceremony, which I think is really neat. (In that link, scroll down to “rite of peace” under the heading “Communion Rite”).