Rorate Caeli

Nuptial High Mass on video

It is now easy to find traditional Latin Mass videos in every form -- low, sung, sung with incense, solemn high, requiem, pontifical and so on.  Sancta Missa has several of these here.  The quality is often outstanding.

Other (publicly administered) sacraments, though, are still difficult to find on video, such as traditional baptisms and nuptial Masses.  Many parents, spouses-to-be and priests are in need of such videos as they plan baptisms and weddings.

To that end, I invite readers to my wedding video, uploaded by my wife today.  It is a very simple turn-on-a-camera operation, so please forgive the video/audio quality.  But for those interested in seeing a traditional Latin order of marriage and solemn high nuptial Mass in one complete video, complete with three priests (with an additional priest hearing confessions before Mass), twelve servers, a men's schola, a male choir and two organists, you may watch/listen here.

When it comes to traditional Latin weddings, it is surprising how many customs there are -- and how silent the Roman Ritual and Missal can be on many of the components of a wedding.  Exactly where the bride and groom are to be married, where they are to kneel for the blessing, when they are to sit/stand/kneel during the Mass, to-cope-or-not-to-cope for the priest witnessing/administering the marriage, and so on and so forth.  Different countries have different customs (including the U.S. and England) and even within the countries there were differences on how to do things long before Vatican II.

Some things we did to assist the congregation were to print a complete program with Latin and English, to have one of the priests make announcements/explanations before the processional, to order and hand out chapel veils for the ladies and to instruct everyone in the pews to follow the (knowledgeable) groomsmen for sitting/standing/kneeling.

Please feel free to forward this to any engaged couples.