We left off with the intercessory prayers, so lets get right back into it with the offering of the gifts:
My dear friends, please be seated now as the gifts are brought forward.
After the bride receives communion, I’d like to invite any other Catholics in good standing who wish to receive communion to come forward. Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father. May the Lord accept this sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of His name. For our good, and the good of all His holy church.
Receive, we pray oh Lord, the offering made on the occasion of the sealing of the sacred bond of marriage, and just as your goodness is its origin, may your providence guide its course. Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord holy father, almighty and eternal God. For you have forged the covenant of marriage as a sweet yoke of harmony and an unbreakable bond of peace so that the chaste and fruitful love of holy matrimony may serve to increase the children you adopt as your own. By your providence and grace, oh Lord, you accomplish the wonder of this two fold design that while the birth of children brings beauty to the world, their rebirth in baptism gives increase to the church through Christ, our Lord. Through him, with all the angels and saints, we sing the hymn of your praise, as without end we acclaim…
You are, indeed, holy oh Lord, the font of all holiness. Make holy, therefore, the gifts we pray by sending down your spirit upon them, so that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his passion, he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my body, which will be given up for you.” In a similar way, when supper was ended he took the chalice and, once more giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples, saying “Take this and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood. The blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.” The mystery of faith..
Therefor, as we celebrate the memorial of his death and resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the bread of life and the chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you. Humbly we pray that partaking in the body and blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit. Remember, Lord, your church spread throughout the world and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with Benedict our Pope and Fredrick, our bishop, and all the clergy. Be mindful also, Lord, of Erin and Evan, whom you have brought to their wedding day so that, by your grace, they may abide in mutual love and in peace. Remember also, oh Lord, our brother and sisters who have fallen asleep in hope of a resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy. Welcome them into the light of your face. Have mercy on us all. We pray that, with the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God, with the blessed apostles and all the saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may praise and glorify you through your son, Jesus Christ.
Through him and with him and in him, oh God almighty in the unity of the Holy Spirit,all glory and honor is your forever and ever. Amen.
At the Savior’s command, informed by divine teaching, we pray together. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trepasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
My dear brothers and sisters. let us humbly pray to the Lord, that on these, his servants, now married in Christ, He may mercifully pour out the blessing of his grace and make of one heart, in love, those he has joined by blessed, holy sacrament.
Oh God, who had by your mighty power, created all things out of nothing, and when you had set in place the beginnings of the universe, formed man and woman in your own image, making the woman an inseparable helpmate to the man.that they might be no longer two, but one flesh. And taught that what you were pleased to make one must never be divided.
Oh God, who consecrated the bond of marriage,by so great a mystery that in the wedding covenant, you foreshadowed the sacrament of Christ and his church.
Oh God, by whom man is joined to man, and the companionship they had in the beginning is endowed with one blessing not forfeited by original sin, nor washed away by the flood
Look now with favor on these, your servants, joined together in marriage, who ask to be strengthened by your blessing. Send down on them the grace of the holy spirit, and pour your love into their hearts, that they may remain faithful in the marriage covenant. May the grace of love and peace abide in your daughter Erin, and let her follow by example those holy women whose praises are sung in the scriptures. May her husband entrust his heart to her, so that acknowledging her as his equal and the joint heir to the life of grace, he may show her due honor and cherish her always, with the love that Christ has for his church. And now Lord, we implore you may these, your servants, hold fast to the faith and keep your commandments, keep one in the flesh. May they be blameless in that they they do, and with the strength that comes from the gospel, may they bear true witness to Christ before all. May they be blessed with children, and prove themselves virtuous parents who live to see their children’s children. And grant that, reaching at last together the fullness of years for which they hope, they come to the life of the blessed in the kingdom of heaven. Through Christ, our Lord, amen.
My brothers and sisters, the peace of the Lord be with you always. At this time, I ask you to turn to those around you and offer a sign of our Lord’s peace.
Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb. Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed
At this point, it was time for communion. Before he went to offer communion to our guests, the Priest stopped in front of us and suggested, “Just pray for a while…” We took his advice for a little bit, but eventually we got to chatting. Since Evan was miked, our wedding video cuts in and out of our conversation. At one point, Evan looked over at me and mentioned, “Just so you, I’m calling you my wife ALL THE TIME, now.” I love that this was recorded 🙂
By the power of this sacrifice,oh Lord, accompany with your loving favor what, in your providence, you have instituted, so as to make of one heart and love whose you have already joined in the holy union. Through Christ, our Lord, amen.
The bridal party was invited to come forward one last time.
May God, the eternal father, keep you of one heart and love for one another, that the peace of Christ may dwell in you and abide always in your home. May you be blessed in your children, have solace in your friends and have true peace with everyone. May you be witnesses in the world to God’s charity, so that the afflicted and the needy, who have known only your kindness,may one day receive you thankfully into the eternal dwelling of God. And may almighty God bless all of you who are gathered here, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
And by the power vested in me, I pronounce you husband and wife- you may kiss your bride. And friends, may I present for the very first time, Mr and Mrs D!