An African American friend of mine is marrying soon. She is a convert to Catholicism and is leery of adding the customary broom jump to a Catholic nuptial Mass. To explain it briefly: Over the last few decades many African Americans include a ceremony within a wedding that has the bride and groom jump over a broom. The broom-jump is supposed to have been the only public acknowledgment of a marriage allowed to black slaves who were otherwise forbidden to marry. Re-creating the jump now is a means of honoring ancestors.
Anyway, my friend and her fiance would rather leave this out and simply include their deceased ancestors in the prayer intentions, but do not want to disappoint their non-Catholic families who are expecting the ritual. My friend’s mother has even offered to specially decorate a broom for the occasion.
Should this ritual be included in a Catholic nuptial Mass?