Monday, July 11, 2005

The Nuptial Mass

Below are some photos from my brother's wedding at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in New Orleans. We've had at least a dozen people tell us it was the most beautiful wedding liturgy they've ever attended, and I agree. The selection of the readings was wonderful, the music was amazing (an organist, a string quartet and two sopranos), the priests were delightful and thought-provoking and I must say the prayers of the faithful my brother and sister-in-law composed were probably the best I've ever heard. The entire ceremony (which lasted almost 2 hours) both made a concrete statement about Thomas and Amanda's love for each other and the importance of marriage itself and its role in the Church.

The first reading was Tobit 8:4-8, which recounts Sarah and Tobiah's wedding night prayer to God. The second reading was Revelation 19:1, 5-9, which tells of the saints giving praise to God and the presentation of the Church the Bride to Christ her Bridegroom and the wedding feast of the Lamb. The Gospel was Matthew 5:1-12, the Beatitudes.

The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Joe Benson, pastor of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Parish in New Orleans (where my brother was formerly the youth minister); Fr. John Capuci, director of the Center of Jesus the Lord, a Catholic Charismatic center (where my brother was formerly the music minister); Fr. Joseph Calamari, SSJ, a cousin of the bride; and Fr. Terence Henry, TOR, president of the Franciscan University of Steubenville (from where my sister-in-law graduated last year). Deacon Jesse Watley of Blessed Seelos Parish also served the Mass, reading the Gospel and presiding over the exchange of vows.