Gloves in Love: Ceremoniously Wed

Hive! We left off with the intercessory prayers, so let’s 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…”


“Therefore, 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 trespasses, 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 all that 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 McGlovin was miked, our wedding video cuts in and out of our conversation. At one point, McGlovin looked over at me and mentioned, “Just so you know, 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. Gloves!”


And with that, hive, we were married! Get excited for some post-ceremony fun, coming up next!


Mrs. Gloves

Columbus, Ohio
Wedding Date:
January 2013
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    mrsskeletonkey 3430 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:43 pm

    I had no idea that at a Catholic church they only believe that Catholics, who are in good standing, are welcome to take communion. Beautiful ceremony, but if I were a guest (I am Non-denominational Christian) I would be incredibly turned off by that.

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    tsc 48 posts, Newbee @ 3:56 pm

    Why would a non-Catholic participate in a sacrament they didn’t believe in?

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    musician32992 1793 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:27 pm

    @MrsSkeletonKey: You’re not permitted even as a Catholic to receive communion unless you have been baptized and have completed Sunday School and the special First Communion sacrament ceremony. Just the way it goes.

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    shutterbug68 13 posts, Newbee @ 6:08 pm

    @MrsSkeletonKey: @musician32992:
    Furthermore, even as a baptized Catholic who has made a First Communion, you are only allowed to receive communion when you are in a state of grace, that is, you have not committed any mortal sins since your last time receiving the Sacrament of Penance. Catholics take the Sacrament of the Eucharist very seriously as they believe that the host is transformed into the ACTUAL Body of Christ and not just a symbolic commemoration of the Last Supper.

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    lealorali 4408 posts, Honey bee @ 6:13 pm

    @MrsSkeletonKey: I know, isn’t that strange? I was at a wedding and NO JOKE the priest, who seemed grumpy anyway, instructed non-Catholics to “cross their arms around their chest as to not receive the blessing” only Catholics could get. It was horrible.
    Mrs. Gloves this looked like a lovely ceremony!!!

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    mistress_anne 575 posts, Busy bee @ 7:07 pm

    @MrsSkeletonKey: Moreover, a Catholic must have confessed their sins prior to communion so that they receive the Eucharist in a state of grace. Failure to do so is a mortal sin. For much of history, Catholics routinely only ever took the Eucharist once or twice a year, usually around Easter, because the fear of receiving the Host in an unfit spiritual state was so great.

    For Catholics, Eucharist is a serious business. They have the strictest rules surrounding who can partake and who can’t. A couple with a large non-Catholic guest list having Mass should definitely make that known in the program so no-one gets surprised.

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    bridesmomma 427 posts, Helper bee @ 8:19 pm

    I’ve loved reading your ceremony recaps!

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    texasaggiemom 594 posts, Busy bee @ 8:24 pm

    Not only is your wedding incredibly beautiful, for those of us of other denominations, this is very instructive, as well. Can you please explain about “the gifts?” I can tell something is being carried down the aisle – is it the wine and bread for communion, or something else? My church practices open communion, for which I am thankful, but it is fascinating to see how other ceremonies are conducted. The photos of your wedding party at the altar are so special, and the fact that you caught McGlovin’s quote on video makes this a perfect post!

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    Mrs. Gloves 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:31 am

    @lealorali: ha! I always forget that the Catholic church is more strict than others and, as several people pointed out, strict even with its own members! I will say, though, that the instructions to cross your arms over your chest at communion are usually given so the priest DOES give a blessing- it’s a universal sign for ‘I can’t take communion, but would like to be blessed’- we explained this option in our program, so no one would need to feel left out or uncomfortable!
    @TexasAggieMom: Nope, the gifts are just the bread and the wine- which, after the priest blesses them, are truly the body and blood, according to the Catholic tradition :)

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    dclare 75 posts, Worker bee @ 7:17 am

    I love your posts. They move me every time (and Im not catholic).

    Roman catholics arent the only ones who are strict about communion. Several other churches are. Also there are some that would never take communion in a catholic church. Plus some other denominations are strict about other things like who gets to read the word, preach the sermon, lead the service etc.

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    kate13dc 16 posts, Newbee @ 7:25 am

    I’m so glad he pronounced you husband and wife and told Mr. Gloves he could kiss you! At my pre-cana session, they told us that in Catholic ceremonies they don’t pronounce you and they don’t tell you to kiss, and that was making me a little sad. The priest doing our ceremony is my priest from childhood, though, so I was considering asking him anyway!

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    Mrs. Gloves 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:32 am

    @DClare: I’m so glad- I sometimes worry that, due to the sheer length of the full mass, CAtholic ceremonies can seem to drag on and be less emotional :)
    @kate13dc: I’ve heard so many conflicting things! I knew that, in most Catholic ceremonies, the couple is announced at the end. But I wasn’t sure when the kiss would happen, since many priests won’t say, ‘you can kiss the bride’. I was also nervous that McGlovin, not being Catholic, would do it right after the vows or the rings :) I’m glad our priest was awesome, though, and made everything clear!

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    Mrs. Blue Whale 633 posts, Busy bee @ 6:32 am

    I love that you all were recorded while you were talking to each other during the ceremony. So sweet.

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