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#1 of 10 Old 05-16-2004, 11:47 AM - Thead Starter
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Can anyone tell me what goes on at a Catholic Wedding?

I am going to a wedding in 2 weeks and I was talking to my friend last night and she said that there was really no need in going to the wedding because I wouldn't know what was going on.
The couple just said to make sure that we come to the reception that is taking place at another location.
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Isn't Jan Catholic? She might be able to tell you. I think the ceremony takes place within a regular church service or "mass". I've been to one before but that was like 25 years ago.
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I got married in a Catholic church. The ceromony is kinda mingled in with a mass (service) and we did our vows at the end. Ours only lasted an hour but I have been to some that went on for 2 hours.

I don't know why you wouldn't know what was going on?! Is her ceromony going to be in Latin or something?
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It is a regular mass and during the homily (or sermon, depending on your religion) is when they exchange vows, light the unity candle, etc... It lasts about an hour, unless you have a long winded priest. I don't think mass is complicated, don't know why someone would tell you you wouldn't know what was going on.
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I'm not catholic, Dan is. I've been to many catholic weddings.
They are usually long - at least an hour. But I've always understood EVERYTHING that was happening.

The only wedding I was a little "lost" in was a Jewish ceremony. But, that was because half of it was in hebrew.
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Even if the mass is in Latin, you can still "understand" what's going on... I can't imagine why they would say you wouldn't be able to follow...BTW, I'm not Catholic, been to plenty of Catholic weddings, some in latin, and never had a problem !
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I've been to one before there was a lot of standing. Then a bit of sitting then some more standing....lol OK so maybe it seemed longer because I was like 10...lol
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hee hee...
Wendy, DH and I always kid around that it's always "up, down, up, down" for an hour straight.
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I'm not Catholic but Billy is and we were married in a Catholic church. I agree that you will understand what is going on and as far as the standing and sitting, just do what everyone else does. But as long as you can speak English, you'll not be lost at all.
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