A Glossary of Terms Relating to Weddings & Marriage

Banns of Marriage – these are the customary presentations of expectation to wed, distributed by houses of worship in announcements and area bulletins. Not all holy places distribute marriage banns, however some do.

Absolution – the function which starts individuals into a christian church local area, by the pouring of (or submersion in) water for the sake of the Holy Trinity. (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Generally alluded to as a ceremony and most habitually given to infants, yet might be performed whenever in an individual’s life.

Best Man – the husband to be’s chaperon and chief observer on the marriage records.

Gift – a petition granting a condition of blessedness.

Cantor – a formal artist who drives individuals in the music of love. The cantor regularly sings the responsorial hymn, Gospel Acclamation and at times gives solo versions.

Celebrant – a term frequently utilized for the individual who leads the function and/or encourages the marriage of a couple. In most christian holy places this may just be performed by a minister, cleric or elder.

Stately Procession – a proper development, typically including a particular arrangement of priests, or wedding gathering and chaperons to or from positions in the congregation. In weddings this typically implies the passage and exit.

Church – the structure wherein christian administrations are praised. All the more extensively the more extensive local area of sanctified through water adherents of a category.

Pastorate – official individuals from the congregation who have been “appointed” or in “Heavenly Orders” liable for leading administrations and doing holy obligations.

Gathering – extensively comprehended as those present at a strict help. Actually immersed individuals from a christian local area.

Elder – an authority of the congregation who is allowed to do certain capacities helping a minister or cleric, which may incorporate directing the Rite of Marriage. A Deacon may help at the Mass or Holy Communion, yet can’t be the officiant of the Eucharist at Mass.

Division – the assignment given to the subsets of various chapels inside Christianity. For instance, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Episcopal, Baptist and so on

See – a proper local area of the congregation administered by a priest, normally characterized by geological limit.

Eucharist – from the Greek signifying “thanksgiving”, including the bread and wine which are honored or blessed as the body and blood of Christ for heavenly fellowship.

Textual style – a bowl containing sacred (favored) water utilized for sanctification and different gifts.

Gospel Acclamation – the scriptural stanza utilized by the Gospel. For the most part this is an “Alleluia” besides in the congregation periods of Lent and Advent, when it is supplanted by an elective recognition such “Magnificence and Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.” Or “Commendation to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of perpetual brilliance”.

Blessed Matrimony – a more seasoned wording for the condition of marriage.

Lay or Laity – the individuals who are not appointed or dispatched into administrative orders or strict life.

Sacrament – the public love of the congregation led by endorsed stately configurations.

Ceremonial Books – the books containing the words and directions for the public love of the congregation. In the catholic church these incorporate the Roman Missal, in some cases called the Sacramentary, Lectionary (containing the sacred writing readings designated for specific days and events) the Psalter (containing the hymns).

House cleaner of Honor – the Bride’s essential orderly and observer on the marriage archives.

Matrimonial Mass – a festival of the Mass or Holy Communion, frequently called the “Eucharist” which goes with or fuses the wedding service.

Request of Service – a book commonly delivered for a particular event like a wedding, containing subtleties of the procedures or blueprint of the help.

Area – an authoritatively perceived local area of the congregation for the most part characterized by geological area, inside a see.

Pre-Cana meetings – marriage readiness course attempted by the couple before the wedding service. The name come from the scriptural record of Jesus at a marriage feast in Cana in Galilee.

Minister – an appointed authority of the congregation whose capacity incorporates the festival of the Mass (here and there called Eucharist or Holy Communion)

Hymn – a sacrosanct tune from the Bible tracing all the way back to old Jewish occasions, frequently ascribed to King David. Hymns are melodies and tunes ought to be sung!

Responsorial Psalm – the hymn which is utilized as a reaction, or reflection to the principal perusing in the formality of Catholic houses of worship. It very well might be sung with its own “reaction” or antiphon, or sung straight through.

Ritual of Marriage – the authority way or organization for leading the function of marriage.

Holy observances – the images and functions of the congregation which present a heavenly status or effortlessness on an individual. In Catholic, Orthodox and numerous Protestant holy places, this incorporates Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Holy Orders, Marriage, Reconciliation (Confession or Penance), Anointing of the Sick.

Safe-haven – a zone inside a congregation unmistakably assigned or set apart out wherein the majority of the ritualistic activity happens. By and large held for the clergymen of the sacrament, and where care ought to be taken that cameras and video hardware ought not interfere.

Solidarity Candle – a unique candle lit during a discretionary function inside the wedding administration representing the association of a couple. In some cases the candle is lit from different candles by guardians, all the more extensively representing the association of two families.


Garments – the stylized robes worn by the ministry and priests like special stepped area workers, acolytes, cantors and choirmembers and so on inside a strict help. Garbs incorporate the alb (long white robe), chasuble (worn by the minister at Mass), adapt (a long cape worn by the cleric for wedding functions), cassock and cotta (conventional ensemble robes comprising of a long dark, red, violet or blue robe with an overlaid more limited white article of clothing – otherwise called soutane and surplice), Dalmatic – the external frock worn by an elder on more happy or grave events.

Promises – the proper vows which are made by the couple in the wedding service, seen by the gathering. Likewise portrayed as the giving and getting of assent.

Wedding band – the rings worn on the left finger of the left hand representing the unceasing or endless ceremony of marriage. It is standard in numerous spots for the ring to be set on the pointer when the minister says “for the sake of the Father”, on the center finger “and of the Son” and the ring finger “and of the Holy Spirit”