In selecting someone to do the scripture readings, please keep in mind that the person who fills this liturgical role will be proclaiming the Word of God. These individuals should be instructed at the rehearsal on the appropriate timing and method to proclaiming the scriptures. It is most important that they be able to read so that the assembly can hear the Word of God.
Copies of the readings will be provided by the wedding coordinator and placed on the ambo (pulpit) prior to the liturgy. There is no need for the readers to carry a copy of the reading to the ambo.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
If your wedding will include the celebration of the Eucharist, there may be a need for extraordinary ministers to help with the distribution of Holy Communion. Family or friends who function as extraordinary ministers in their own parishes may fill this role during the wedding. Please discuss this matter with the PA for Marriage when planning the liturgy.
Should there be a Mass?
There are two liturgical options for celebrating the marriage: the Rite of Marriage within Mass, and the Rite of Marriage without Mass. For marriage between two Catholics, the Church recommends that the rite of marriage take place within the celebration of the Eucharist. If, however, the couple has been inactive in practicing the faith, rarely attends the Sunday Eucharist, or is cohabiting, it is recommended that the rite of marriage take place outside of Mass. If there are questions about this please feel free to discuss them with the priest who will be presiding at your ceremony. For marriage between a Catholic and a baptized non-Catholic, or non baptized person, the rite of marriage will be celebrated outside Mass.