We were convalidated on our 6th wedding anniversary, 7/27/1997. I had just given birth to our third child on 7/4. We did it in church, with pastor, our three kids, and my parents present. I think we all went out to eat to celebrate after.
My husband is not Catholic, but did the convalidation for love of me. I had not know ours was not a sacramental marriage. I had not known that I was not to receive Eucharist until we were convalidated, thus the desire to get it done.
Here is more info:
http://www.catholic-pages.com/forum/images/icon_posticon.gifPosted - 10 Jan 2004 : 12:02:30 quote: Originally posted by teachermom
Does anyone know where I can get hold of the service for convalidation?
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The details seem to vary depending on the diocese. Various web sites indicate that there are actually convalidation courses.
BASIC R.C. BELIEF
Convalidation is the name of the ceremony whereby a civil marriage between two Roman Catholics can be validated in the eyes of the Church. Even though the civil marriage is recognized by civil law, and persons who contract such are legally married, the Church requires that, to be sacramentally valid, the marriage of a Catholic take place in the presence of an ordained person.
It is a true wedding ceremony, the Sacrament of Matrimony, and is a simple ritual, including the reading of scripture and exchange of vows. Rings can be either exchanged or the original rings blessed, according to the desire of the couple.
Other sites indicated that marriage preparation programs are now available in convalidation editions. Whether you need these is another question.
Basically, then, it looks pretty much like a regular nuptial Mass.
Your parish priest should know if the diocese has specific programs