I hoping some of you might be able to help me. I’m trying to put together the Order of Service for my sisters Catholic wedding Mass. There’s be over 100 guests at the service, but half of them will be non-Christians, and another 40% are protestants (not sure how observant). Basically it’s only our immediate family who are Catholic, but we see this as a great opportunity to show our friends this vital aspect of our lives, and hopefully give people a good impression of Catholic tradition and spirituality.
What I would like to do is have little descriptions and notes on the different parts of the Mass, that would help people understand what it means to us as Catholics, and to help them engage with it on some level, even if obviously as non-Catholics they aren’t really going to get it.
So, if anyone has any thoughts to share, or nice ways of describing the: Kyrie/Penitential Rite, Gloria, The Offering, Eucharist, and/or any of the little things like genuflecting, sign of the cross, etc.
I was hoping that people might have come across some nice words or thoughts? I seem to remember hearing a priest at a mixed wedding giving a good introduction to the Penetential Rite, where he explained that “there are times when we all feel we have let down those close to us, or have failed to be the kind of person we want to be.” While that doesn’t capture the full meaning of sin and penitence, it gives people who would otherwise be turned off my ‘archaic’ language a chance to understand what’s going on.
Thanks in advance for any help!