The Rite of Marriage during Mass
Then the priest with appropriate words invites the spouses to express their consent before the Church and the community present. A short interrogation is then made so that they may publicly attest that they are freely entering marriage and are willingly undertaking its responsibilities.
The priest then invites them to give their consent. Instead of a simple “yes” in reply to the question of the celebrant demanded by the old ritual, a more complete formula is preferred; a formula that has been in use from medieval times in English speaking countries, namely, “I, N. take you, N. as my lawful wife (husband), and I promise you fidelity in riches and in poverty, in sickness and in health, in loving you and honouring you for all the days of my life”.
The priest then invokes the blessing of God on their consent, saying: “May the Lord ratify the consent given by you before the whole Church, and may He be pleased to shower upon you His blessings”.
If the spouses have any difficulty in saying so long a formula, the priest may ask them the same thing in the form of questions to which they will solemnly respond: “Yes, I will it.”
Then the priest blesses the rings, saying: “May the Lord bless these rings which you are giving to each other as a sign of your love and fidelity”.
The bridegroom then puts the ring on the finger of the bride, saying: “Receive this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The bride does the same for the bridegroom repeating the same formula.