Nuptual Mass/Sunday Obligation


#1

Michelle Arnold just answered a question that if a Nuptual Mass is celebrated on a Sunday, it counts as Sunday obligation. Recently, however, on Catholic Answers on the radio, I thought I heard Jimmy Aiken address this question negatively. I thought he said that because the readings at a Nuptual Mass would be different it would not fulfill the Sunday obligation because it would not be that Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word. Can you please clarify this? Thank you!


#2

Michelle is correct. A wedding Mass celebrated on Sunday (or Saturday evening) will fulfill one’s Sunday obligation.

What I said on the show is that the readings are not relevant to the fulfillment of the obligation, though there is a common misimpression to the contrary. The Code of Canon Law expressly says that the Sunday obligation can be fulfilled in a Catholic Mass of any rite, and since other rites use other readings, the readings you hear at Mass are not relevant to the fulfillment of the obligation.


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