1.   The text of the Catholic Marriage Rites in the Dioceses of the Philippines (English and Filipino), as approved by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, are normative in the Diocese of Paranaque.

2.   Commercial wedding coordinators and/or photographers have no jurisdiction in determining the music, what happens ritually, or the use of the worship space. The rites and their execution are determined by the norms contained in the Rite of Marriage, as approved by the Sacred Congregation for Worship and the Disciplines of the Sacraments, and are the responsibility of the local Ordinary.

3.   Catechesis for marriage should include the teachings on marriage and the family, on the sacrament itself and its rites, prayers, and readings. This would be an appropriate time to discuss the kind of music acceptable for use at a sacramental rite.

4.   Secular music is not acceptable before, during or after the Rite within the sacred space. It should be reserved for other settings during the wedding festivities (reception, etc).

5.   The music customarily used at the Sunday Eucharist is illustrative of the kind of music appropriate for the wedding rites. A list of hymns suitable for the Rite of Marriage may be found in the succeeding pages.

6.   If the marriage is celebrated on a Sunday or solemnity, the Mass of the day is used with the nuptial blessing and the special final blessing  according to circumstances. Adequate catechesis must be given beforehand to the assembly as well as the wedding party to assure that the prayerful quality and precedence of the Sunday Eucharist remains intact.

7.   When the marriage is celebrated during Advent or Lent or other days of penance, the couple is advised to take into consideration the special nature of these liturgical seasons. Hence, music and floral arrangement should be subdued. Weddings/Renewal of Vows anytime during the 5th and 6th Weeks in Lent must consider the liturgical practice of shrouded images in the sanctuary.

8.   The music chosen should be accessible to the majority of those present and allow “full, active and conscious participation”.

9.   Enhancing the liturgical setting by the use of appropriate flowers and floral arrangements is to be encouraged, but this, too, should be done in keeping with the nature of the setting as liturgical space and with full awareness and respect for the liturgical season. One should always be guided by the principle of noble simplicity in liturgical space.

10. Video taping and picture taking should also be done in the spirit of the ceremony as a sacramental rite and should be mindful of the atmosphere of prayer surrounding these rites. It must not be intrusive or take away from the spirit of reverence and worship.

11. Recorded music may not be used before, during or after the liturgical celebration.

12. Since the Eucharist is the source and center of unity, the use of the unity candle should be downplayed. It is not a part of the Catholic Rite of Marriage, but it could be used effectively at the reception.

13. No standees of the couple are allowed inside the church. These are best placed at the reception venue.

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