(Closed) When to Sit, When to Stand…

posted 10 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I wouldn’t think you would need to include that information.  They should get the hint when everyone else stands and sits.  Many may choose to remain seated through the whole ceremony (especially during the kneeling part).  If you still want to do it, that would probably be a good question for your priest.

Post # 5
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

The Missellete has general instructions for the Mass (which people usually ignore) which gives people instructions when to sit stand or kneel.  Interestingly enough some of what we see people do at the Mass is not in the rubrics.  For instance, holding hands during the Our Father isn’t there.  No idea how this custom came into the Mass, but its not there.

As I’m having a traditional Latin Mass, its going to be very confusing.  I don’t even know exactly when to sit stand or kneel and I often get lost in the missal.  I have however found a website that tells when to sit stand and kneel for the Latin Mass and I’m planning on training my wedding party on how to identify the parts so that they can lead everyone.  I’m going to make a pretty elaborate program and put pictures I’ve seen in the Latin Mass Missals to help people identify the parts of the Mass because a lot of it comes from watching the priest’s posture. 

But in regard to the most important thing, you’ll want people to know that if they aren’t Catholic, they should not be going up to receive communion.  Those who aren’t practicing the faith or are conscious of any grave sin should not receive either.  There is also a minimum 1 hour Eucharist fast (you should not eat anything one hour prior to receiving the Eucharist), but this shouldn’t be a problem with the length of adding the vows to the Mass.

Post # 6
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

For anyone else looking for this information (I realize the OP has already gotten married), another option is to ask your priest to cue the congregation. The only direction I did was to write "all stand" next to the Our Father. Otherwise, the priest and our Catholic guests (who were less than half) got everyone through just fine.

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