Marriage

The Sacrament of Matrimony, or Marriage, is one of the two Sacraments of Vocation
in the Church. By the grace of this Sacrament, God fits two people for a lifelong
commitment to each other. And by doing so, He reveals to the entire world His love for
all of us.
 
In all Sacraments, God makes use of external signs that are easily understandable by
people without having to be taught their meaning. In Baptism, for example, God uses
water, because we all know from experience that water makes things clean. In the Holy
Eucharist, God uses food and drink to show that it is Jesus Christ Who sustains our lives.
Now, in the Sacrament of Marriage, God uses the two people themselves. Instead of a
thing, the symbol in Matrimony is the couple. By the exchange of their vows, and then
by the day-by-day living out of those vows, God shows us something extraordinary. For
married love has a particular character. It is by its very nature permanent (“until death
do us part”), exclusive (“one man, one woman”), and life-giving (both in the spouses
themselves and in their children). So when we see how a husband and wife relate to each
other, we should be able to see all these qualities at work. And that, when seen through
the eyes of faith, ought easily to remind us of the Love with which Jesus Christ gave
His life on the Cross for all of us. His love for us is also permanent, exclusive, and life-
giving. A married couple, by virtue of the Sacrament they receive, are charged by God
with the sacred task of showing the world what His love for all of us looks like. In their
relationship, they make His love visible to all of us.

The Sacrament of Matrimony, or Marriage, is one of the two Sacraments of Vocation in the Church. By the grace of this Sacrament, God fits two people for a lifelong commitment to each other. And by doing so, He reveals to the entire world His love for all of us. 

In all Sacraments, God makes use of external signs that are easily understandable by people without having to be taught their meaning. In Baptism, for example, God uses water, because we all know from experience that water makes things clean. In the Holy Eucharist, God uses food and drink to show that it is Jesus Christ Who sustains our lives. Now, in the Sacrament of Marriage, God uses the two people themselves. Instead of a thing, the symbol in Matrimony is the couple. By the exchange of their vows, and then by the day-by-day living out of those vows, God shows us something extraordinary. For married love has a particular character. It is by its very nature permanent (“until death do us part”), exclusive (“one man, one woman”), and life-giving (both in the spouses themselves and in their children). So when we see how a husband and wife relate to each other, we should be able to see all these qualities at work. And that, when seen through the eyes of faith, ought easily to remind us of the Love with which Jesus Christ gave His life on the Cross for all of us. His love for us is also permanent, exclusive, and life-giving. A married couple, by virtue of the Sacrament they receive, are charged by God with the sacred task of showing the world what His love for all of us looks like. In their relationship, they make His love visible to all of us. 

 

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Wedding Policy

The Saint Cecilia Cathedral wedding policy is a "parishioner-only" policy in that a Catholic person must be a registered member of Saint Cecilia Cathedral parish and take part in the faith life of the parish community by weekly participation at Sunday Mass for a minimum of one year prior to scheduling a wedding date.

The Archdiocese of Omaha requires that the marriage preparation process begin a minimum of six months in advance of the wedding date. Thus for new parishioners this is a total window of eighteen months. We do not schedule weddings as a one-time event in a fashion similar to scheduling a venue for a reception.

This is in concert with the practice throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha, with weddings taking place in the "home" parish of either the bride or groom. The home parish is the parish of registration and/or the parish where a Catholic person attends Sunday Mass and otherwise takes part in parish life, including the celebration of the sacraments across the life span.

Marriage Preparation

Marriage preparation begins with contact at the Cathedral Rectory.  This may be by telephone or e-mail. Preliminary information is taken and contact from the Rectory will allow for a meeting a priest of the Cathedral. The meeting with the priest provides the details of the preparation process, contact with Archdiocesan sessions and locating a wedding date on the Cathedral calendar.

The Archdiocese of Omaha requires a minimum of 6 months prior to a wedding date for marriage preparation. This applies to couples who are both Catholic, who are Catholic and baptized non-Catholic, who are Catholic and are not baptized.

When one or both members of a couple have been married previously a process with the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal will be required before marriage preparation can begin and a wedding date can be placed in the Cathedral calendar. 

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding times: Friday late afternoons or evenings; Saturdays at 10:00 am, Noon or 2:00 pm.

Music: The ritual book “The Rite of Marriage” determines all wedding ceremonies. Music is a liturgical element for all wedding ceremonies. Its first purpose is the praise of God and expression of Faith surrounding the reception of a Sacrament.   

Resources: A special packet explains the specific helps, responsibilities and resources for all aspects of the wedding ceremony, especially the selection and approval of all music for weddings.