(Closed) Programs for Catholic ceremony – when to stand and sit.

posted 5 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@LilacViolet:  The stuff our church lady sent us says to sit at the homily and then there are no further stand/sit instructions.  We are having a full mass, it may be different if you are not.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@LilacViolet:  The cantor is basically the music/singing person.  For our ceremony we are not having a choir, the cantor plays the music and leads the songs. 

I can email you some stuff that I was given and our program later tonight if it will help.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m not catholic but when I went to a catholic wedding (it was a full mass) I just followed what the Catholics were doing. Lol. all none Catholics were actually told we didn’t have to participate but I felt it was only right. Some people remained seated the whole time.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@LilacViolet:  The person who plays the organ is the organist, not the cantor.

Do you have anyone leading the singing at your ceremony? If not, you might not have a cantor. If you were having a full Mass you would need one to lead the “Holy Holy,” the Memorial Acclamation, the “Amen,” the “Lamb of God,” etc., but those aren’t included in a non-Mass wedding. You might have a psalmist (the person who sings the Psalm) – often that person is also the cantor, if they are also in charge of leading the hymns, etc. If you’re only having music by soloists, and no congregational singing, then you don’t really need a cantor.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@LilacViolet:  For the most part, you don’t really need to worry about this. The priest will take care of telling the assembly “you may be seated” and/or “please stand” if they are doing one thing and need to be doing the other at any given point in time. I could give you the road map for standing/sitting/kneeling for a Mass, but for a non-Mass wedding I don’t quite know! 😉

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve done this a million times and I still just follow along. But, according to the program template my friend is letting me copy, I think it goes like this:

stand for processional, intro prayers/penitential rite

sit for first readings and responsorial psalm

stand for gospel

sit for homily

stand for general intercessions (we pray to the lord/lord hear our prayers)

sit for prayer over gifts, then kneel when they start the Invocation of the Holy Spirit (“On the day before he was to suffer…”)

Stand for Communion Rite and Lord’s Prayer (and join hands), and sign of peace

Kneel for invitation to communion (“Behold the lamb of God…”) remain kneeling after communion during silent prayer

Stand for prayer after communion. This will then transition into the Concluding Rite, the kiss, and the recessional.

WHEW! We have a complicated religion, don’t we?

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Well crap, I just saw no mass… sorry. Maybe that will be helpful for someone else 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@houstonwhodat:  Wow you covered just about everything, except we’re standing after offering then kneel during “Holy Holy”.  Then stand for Lord’s Prayer/Sign of Peace/Lamb of God, then kneel again!

And I thought the organist is also the cantor.  At my parish, the organist serves as the cantor if there’s no choir at Mass.

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