Sunday, 29 December 2013

Matrimony according to the Use of the Philippine Islands

On Thursday, the feast of Saint Stephen, the Protomartyr, 26 December 2013, the first day in the new liturgical year when matrimonies can be celebrated, David and Angela Carla contracted matrimony in the presence and in the peace of Holy Mother Church, in the presence of Reverend Father Michell Joe B. Zerrudo, parish priest of the Parish of the Holy Family in the Diocese of Cubao and spiritual director of Una Voce Philippines, in the chapel of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Caleruega, in Nasugbu in the province of Batangas.


Chapel of the Transfiguration of the Lord
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)
Chapel altar arrayed for Mass
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

The chapel is in the care of the Order of Friars Preachers. The matrimony was celebrated according to the Use of the Philippine Islands, based on the Manuale Toletanum, as expressed in the Manual de Manila, in accordance with the decree of the First Plenary Council of the Philippines.

Celebration of matrimony before the doors of the chapel
(photo by Ronald Rae M. Yu)

The admonition abstracted from the Roman Catechism was pronounced unto the contracting parties, before the summons for impediment. Their free and deliberate consent were then obtained and ascertained during the triple interrogation, after which Fr. Zerrudo bound them duo in carne una in the Sacrament, of which husband and wife are the ministers. The rings, the sign of marital fidelity, were immediately bestowed first unto the husband, and then unto the wife through the husband, concluded with the transmission of the arrhae from the priest to the husband, then from the husband to the wife, and finally from the wife back to the priest.

Admonition of the nuptial couple
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

Triple interrogation first to the bride and then to the groom
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

Union of right hands
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

Blessing of the arrhae and of the rings
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

Imposition of the ring upon the husband by the priest
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

Imposition of the ring upon the wife by the husband
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

Transmission of the arrhae
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

After the celebration of the Sacrament before the doors of the chapel, Father Zerrudo, having led the spouses on the edge of his stole, from the doors through the nave of the chapel and into the sanctuary, sang the Mass for the feast of Saint Stephen, commemorating the Nativity and the impeded Nuptial Mass.

At the Epistle
(photo by Ronald Rae M. Yu)

At the Gospel
(photo by Ronald Rae M. Yu)

At the elevation of the Body of the Lord
(photo by Ronald Rae M. Yu)

At the elevation of the Blood of the Lord
(photo by Ronald Rae M. Yu)

After the Pater noster and before the Libera me, the veil and the yoke were imposed upon the spouses, as a sign of their submission to the will of God in their chosen vocation.

Imposition of the veil and the yoke
(photo by Ronald Rae M. Yu)

Nuptial blessing
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

After the dismissal, Fr. Zerrudo handed over the wife to her husband, admonishing them both of their solemn duty to preserve marital fidelity and chastity in accordance with the observances of the Church, reminding the husband that marital love represents the love with which our Lord loves His Church.


Final prayer
(photo by Maurice Joseph M. Almadrones)

For a detailed exposition on the peculiar acts in the Rite, please refer to this post on the matrimony contracted on Saturday, 9 February 2013 in the Parish of the Holy Family in Cubao. For a summary of the unique elements of this Rite, please refer to this post on the matrimony celebrated on Friday, 13 September 2013, in the Parish of Saint Peter the Apostle in La Laguna.

1 comment:

  1. Very like the Sarum marriage ceremony in Mediaeval Engalnd.

    http://nova-et-vetera.blogspot.com/2007/08/wedding-sarum-style.html

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