THE FOLLOWING NEED TO BE DISCUSSED WITH YOUR PRIEST
TEXTS FOR THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY
The texts of the marriage rite are available from the links below or from the Parish Office. The couple is invited to choose their scripture readings, and other options, to personalise their wedding celebration. The minimum requirement is a reading from the New Testament, a Responsorial Psalm, Gospel Acclamation and the Gospel (The Gospel is always read by the Priest).
Please note that the New Rite of Matrimony Texts above are compulsory in weddings from Ash Wednesday 2016.
Readings to choose from: New translation Wedding readings
NUPTIAL MASS / WEDDING SERVICE
If a nuptial mass is to be celebrated, the Priest decides whether the bridal couple should receive both the Body and the Blood of Christ. On the occasion of a marriage of mixed religion or non-practising Catholics, a service is usually preferred. The decision, however, is to be made in consultation with the Priest.
The couples need to organise readers for the Scripture readings. The readers need to be able to proclaim the reading clearly and intelligibly.
The minimum requirement is a reading from the Old Testament, a Responsorial Psalm, Alleluia Verse and the Gospel (The Gospel is always read by the Priest).
CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING MUSIC IN A CATHOLIC WEDDING SERVICE
Music is a servant in worship. It is never to be done for its own sake within a celebration of Christian worship. Music chosen for your wedding should be chosen to suit the different parts of the whole celebration. The text/lyrics of sung pieces should always respect the Church, which is a place of worship. “Performance” type music must be avoided. Music should be chosen from Classical or Church music. Good taste and dignity will determine what is sung, by whom, when and how. These should be discussed with the celebrant.
These guidelines are based upon an understanding of the reality being celebrated. Popular music, live Broadway musicals, pop, movies and contemporary music are not allowed during the celebration. As a matter of adhering to our guidelines, please send your choice of music to the parish office before finalising any musician. It is the bridal couple’s responsibility to organise the musicians. Costs and payment arrangements are to be discussed directly with the musicians chosen.
There is a list of music, from which couples are to choose. Couples are therefore obliged that their selection be taken from this list. Unauthorised music selection may result in a breach of contract with the Parish.
Your music needs to be verified prior to your wedding. Please use this Wedding song form to submit your request.
MUSIC COPYRIGHT APPROVAL: Any music used before, during or after the wedding must be either covered under the Parish Copyright Licence (refer to our list) or the couple must obtain their own copyright and produce same in writing before submitting music for approval.
Live musicians normally have their own copyright license, however if you are using recorded music you must supply proof to the parish office that you have purchased the music ie itunes, Spotify account details etc
Please contact the parish office if you would like the contact details of local wedding singers.
The following acknowledgments must be included in the booklet.
Excerpts from the English translation of the Rite of Marriage © 1969, International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL). All rights reserved.
Excerpts from the Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL)” and “Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, ICEL”