Catholic wedding vows are still the vows the many people use when they are getting married, even though there are many varieties out there as well as the option of writing your own vows. Many people stick to the tried and true method of using either original catholic wedding vows or using a more updated version.
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Here is the traditional version:
The groom says: I, _______ take you, ______, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
The bride says: I,_______, take you,_______, to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
Whereas the traditional version of catholic wedding vows is still used, many brides and grooms are choosing to use a more updated version of catholic wedding vows. Here is the updated version:
The groom says: I, _______ take you, ______, for my lawful wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.
The bride says: I,_______, take you,_______, for my lawful husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.
In conjunction with the catholic wedding vows, you will also usually have wedding readings, bible weddings and blessings in the ceremony.
The Liturgy of the Word is one of the traditional ways the Catholic Church does readings during weddings. Using this method there are 4 readings done and each one is sung. They usually go in this order. The readings are done in this order, first one is from the Old Testament, the second is from the book of psalms, the third is from the Old Testament and the last is taken from one of the four gospels. You will need to check with your church to see if they follow this kind of wedding reading program or a different one. Then you will need to see if you will be picking the readings or if they are provided for you. If they are allowing you to pick your own readings you should ask if they have any recommendations.
Sometimes you need more than just the catholic wedding vows, many people are also looking for information on prayers and blessings. We have provided some recommendations of our own for the catholic wedding prayer and the blessing.
Catholic Wedding Prayers:
Holy Father in heaven, Hear our prayers for _____ and _____ Who today have united in marriage in your presence. Give them your blessing, and strengthen their love for one another. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
Father, when you created mankind You willed that man and wife should be one. Bind _____ and _____ In the loving union of marriage; and make their love fruitful So that they may be living witnesses to your divine love in the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
The Blessing is said at the end of the ceremony. Here is one I especially like; it is short and sweet but beautiful as well.
Dear Father of us all, We praise you and give you glory today. We thank you for the gifts you have shown to us: For the love you have given to _____ and _____ For the joy we are sharing, And for this banquet we are about to begin. We praise you through Christ our Lord. Amen.