Historic Ordinariate Wedding in Coventry

2015-09-weddingOn Saturday 5th September at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Coventry, John Ingram and Sarah North, both members of the Coventry Ordinariate group, were married in a beautiful Nuptial Mass celebrated according to Divine Worship.

Whether this is the first of its kind – 2 Ordinariate members and and Ordinariate Use Nuptial Mass from Divine Worship, we don’t know, but it was a great day for all present.

John and Sarah came from different Anglican parishes and met through the establishment of the Ordinariate (what the Lord won’t do to bring a man and a woman together!). John worshipped at St John the Baptist, Coventry and Sarah at St Nicholas, Coventry (with her parents, who are now also part of the Ordinariate group).

They met when the new Ordinariate members were meeting for weekly catechesis in preparation for reception.  Much to their delight, members of the group watched them grow in friendship and love over the years, until John proposed to Sarah on Christmas Day 2014 and the rest, as they say, is history.  The group now say they are looking forward to their first Baptism!

Around 250 guests – including the whole Ordinariate group, family and friends packed into St Joseph’s and lifted the roof with the singing of hymns chosen by John and Sarah, including Immortal, invisible, God only wise and Love divine, all loves excelling. Friends from both their former Anglican parishes were present at the wedding and reception afterwards, which was great.

The Divine Worship Ordinariate Use Nuptial Mass liturgy is very beautiful – the Admonition and Scrutiny at the beginning and other elements of the Mass clearly resonated with some practising Anglicans and non-churchgoers in the congregation. Their comments afterwards were very favourable.

Fr Paul Burch, pastor of the Coventry group, celebrated and preached and Fr Matthew Pittam, a priest of the Ordinariate and relative of John, concelebrated, along with Fr Harry Curtis, parish priest of St Joseph’s. The readings were read by Graham Marcer, Sarah’s former parish priest at St Nicholas’, and Catherine Burch.

After Mass the day before the wedding people helped to get the church ready by moving in extra seating, preparing the flowers and making sure everything was just right for John and Sarah.  On the day, the full serving team were on duty … everyone from the Ordinariate group was present, both in church and at the reception afterwards.

It was a wonderful occasion, as Fr Paul Burch commented: “It all made me immensely proud of our small congregation and thankful for the sense of community we have.”

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4 Responses to Historic Ordinariate Wedding in Coventry

  1. godfrey1099 says:

    There was a Nuptial Mass in the Ordinariate Use celebrated by Msgr Andrew Burnham at St. James’ for a member of the Marylebone Ordinariate Group in 2014.
    http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2014/11/pictures-of-wedding-in-ordinariate-use.html#.Vf0X4xHtlBc

  2. Rev22:17 says:

    David,

    You wrote (emphasis in original): The Divine Worship Ordinariate Use Nuptial Mass liturgy is very beautiful – the Admonition and Scrutiny at the beginning and other elements of the Mass clearly resonated with some practising Anglicans and non-churchgoers in the congregation. Their comments afterwards were very favourable.

    Although most assuredly not a central element in the service, this detail has very profound implications for the growth of the ordinariates going forward. The events caricatured as rites of passage in the song The Three Bells — birth (baptism), marriage, and death — are precisely the events that draw non-members to services of a worshipping community and thus expose those non-members to its customs and practices. As Anglicans who might have be apprehensive and reluctant begin to see their customs thriving in the Catholic Church through this exposure, they are likely to become more open to the possibility of coming into the full communion of the Catholic Church within the respective ordinariates, especially as they encounter more turmoil associated with the so-called “progressive” radical agenda in their own communities of faith. This will lead to a steady growth of the ordinariates over the course of the next several decades.

    Norm.

  3. EPMS says:

    A wedding at Good Shepherd, Oshawa last November: http://goodshepherdoshawa.blogspot.ca
    As for the language of Divine Worship “resonating ” with current Anglicans and non-attenders, how did it fare with the regular Ordinariate congregation? I note that the Ordinariate Rite mass seems to be restricted to one of the group’s weekday celebrations.

  4. Lee Kenyon says:

    At St John the Evangelist, Calgary have had two Solemn Nuptial Masses, in October 2012 and February 2014, according to the interim DW Marriage Rite, and a further three Solemn Nuptial Masses according to the DW Marriage Rite in October and December 2014, and April 2015. All involved involved one member of the Ordinariate. The weddings in February and October 2014 were between two members of the Ordinariate.

    Fr Lee Kenyon

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