I just wanted to share some good news: my wife and I had our marriage convalidated today. It was a simple ceremony but we are so happy. For the first time in over a year, I was able to go to Confession and receive the Eucharist.
That is so great! Husband and I had ours convalidated on my birthday in February in preparation for my journey into the Church at the Easter Vigil in March. It’s the anniversary we will forever celebrate. :dancing:
Congratulations damooster! We had our marriage convalidated 3 weeks ago. I went to confession and then took communion for the first time in 16 years. You are right, it is such a happy feeling to know one has made things right.
It is essentially a Catholic wedding outside of the Mass. Father read the prayers, readings, etc. from the Rite of Marriage book, gave a short homily, then we stood in front of the altar and exchanged our vows. After a final prayer and blessing we were done. Took about 20 minutes total. And we simply had two witnesses, Father, and the two of us. Easy peasy.
My wife and I showed up for Confession at 9:30 AM. Afterward, we had the Rite of Marriage at the front of the church. It was very simple; when it came time for the vows, Father showed us what to read. Then he asked for the wedding rings and again showed us what to read. As HoosMommie mentioned, it took about 15 minutes. Don’t worry, your priest will guide you through the rite.