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					Catholic wedding program template for a
Catholic wedding during Mass
Following is a template you can use to create your own wedding program for a
Catholic wedding with Mass. Here's how:

      First, work with your parish to plan your wedding liturgy. Do not use this
       wedding program as a planning tool. See the Catholic wedding planning
       section for information on planning your wedding liturgy, and the "Order of a
       Catholic wedding during Mass" for an explanation of the parts of the
       wedding Mass.
      Select the text that follows and paste it into a word processing program.
      Modify the text to fit your wedding. There is no "standard" Catholic
       wedding program, so you may want to delete all but the major elements from
       this sample wedding program in order to shorten it. On the other hand, you
       may want to add the assembly's responses, for example, or instructions
       regarding when to stand, sit, or kneel; you can find these elements in "Order
       of a Catholic wedding during Mass."
      If the service music is not available in your parish's hymnal, you may wish to
       insert it directly into the program. (If you do so, you will need to obtain
       permission from the copyright holder with the help of your parish.)
      For additional tips on creating and printing your program, see "Creating a
       wedding program."

Cover page

The Wedding of

[Church name. e.g., Church of the Holy Redeemer or Saint Mary's Parish]

[Wedding Date]
Alternate cover page

 [Church name]
Celebrates the Wedding of

[Wedding Date]

Alternate cover page

The Wedding Liturgy Uniting
in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

[Wedding Date]

Inside text

Prelude                     "Immaculate Mary"     [List prelude music, if any.
                                                  You may also wish to list
                                                  the name of the composer
                                                  and/or the name of the
                                                  soloists or musicians
                                                  providing the music.]

Procession                  "Trumpet Voluntary"   Find out more about
                                                  Catholic wedding
                            Please stand.         processions
Gathering song        "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee"          [At many Catholic
                                                               weddings, the gathering
                      Located in Hymnal #669.                  song is sung during the
                                                               opening procession, or
                                                               instrumental music is
                                                               played during the
                                                               procession, and the
                                                               gathering song is omitted.]


Penitential Rite                                               [Optionally, you may want
                                                               to provide the words of the
                                                               penitential rite here.]

Gloria                Located in Hymnal #318. Please join
                      the choir on the refrain.

Opening Prayer

Liturgy of the Word                                            [The underlined headings
                                                               indicating the parts of the
                                                               Mass may be omitted.]

First Reading         Genesis 2:18-24

                      Please sit.

Responsorial Psalm    "The Lord is kind and merciful."
                      (Psalm 103)

                      Please join the cantor on the refrain.

Second Reading        1 John 4:7-12
Gospel Acclamation         "Alleluia"

                           Please stand and join the cantor on
                           the refrain.

Gospel                     John 15:9-12

Homily                     Please sit.

The Rite of Marriage       Please stand.

Statement of Intentions

Consent and Exchange of    After the exchange of vows, all join    [A sung acclamation
Vows                       the cantor in singing the "Alleluia"    following the exchange of
                           acclamation.                            vows is optional.]

Blessing and Exchange of   After the exchange of rings, all join   [A sung acclamation
Rings                      the cantor in singing the "Alleluia"    following the exchange of
                           acclamation.                            rings is optional.]

General Intercessions      Please respond to each prayer with
                           the response indicated by the lector.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Preparation of the Gifts   "Come to the Feast"

                           Located in Hymnal #333.

Sanctus (Holy, Holy)       Please kneel. The Sanctus and other
                           Eucharistic acclamations may be
                        found in Hymnal #782 - 784.

Memorial Acclamation

Great Amen              Please stand.

The Lord's Prayer

Nuptial Blessing

Sign of Peace           You are invited to exchange a sign of   [Instructions regarding
                        peace with one another. This is         certain elements of the
                        usually done by shaking hands or        Mass (such as the Sign of
                        embracing while saying, "Peace be       Peace) may be helpful to
                        with you."                              non-Catholics, but should
                                                                be omitted if most of the
                                                                assembly will be familiar
                                                                with the ritual.]

Breaking of the Bread   "Lamb of God"

                        Located in Hymnal #782. Please

Communion               "Ubi Caritas"


                        "A Song of Hope"

                        Located in Hymnal #229.

Blessing                Please respond by singing "Amen"        [Note that a sung response
                            when prompted by the cantor.   is optional.]

Recessional                 "Lift Up Your Hearts"

                            Located in Hymnal #691.

Back cover or inside back cover

Wedding Party
Parents of the Bride        [Names]
Parents of the Groom        [Names]
Grandparents of the Bride   [Names]
Grandparents of the Groom [Names]
Maid [or Matron] of Honor [Name]
Best Man                    [Name]
Bridesmaids                 [Names]
Groomsmen                   [Names]
Ushers                      [Names]
Flower Girls                [Names]
Ring Bearer                 [Name]
Personal attendants         [Names]

Ministers of the Liturgy
Presider                    [Name]
Altar servers               [Names]
Cantors                     [Names]
Ministers of Music [or:   [Names]
Lectors [or: Readers]     [Names]
Gift bearers              [Names]
Communion ministers       [Names]

Other information you may want to include in your wedding
      Words of welcome encouraging your guests' participation in the celebration.
      A request not to use flash photography during the ceremony.
      Information on the Church's teaching about the reception of communion by
       non-Catholics. You may wish to reprint the U.S. Catholic bishops' brief
       statement on this topic.
      Thanks and acknowledgements to those who helped to plan and organize the
       wedding; don't forget your parish staff.
      Quotes from Scripture, poetry, artwork—to be used to fill blank spaces.
      Directions to the reception hall.

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