Question of the Day for Thursday, January 31, 2013
Places for a Wedding
Q. What are the rules in getting married in places (in this case, outside of the hotel where the reception will be held), other than inside the church for a Catholic bride and groom?
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
A comment in the Church’s Code of Canon Law offers a beautiful reflection on the importance of the location a Catholic marriage should take place. “The celebration of marriage between Catholics or between a Catholic and a baptized non-Catholic is a sacramental celebration and not merely a public witnessing of a private commitment between two persons. It is also a special commitment to a new dimension of life within the Christian community … [and] it is most fitting that the ceremony take place in the parish church” (see Canon 1118 and accompanying note).
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