DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2017-116
5 December 2017
|TO:||ALL PARISH PRIESTS, PARISH ADMINISTRATORS, RECTORS, CHAPLAINS, GUEST PRIESTS, PRIESTS ON LOAN AND RELIGIOUS PRIESTS IN THE DIOCESE OF PARAÑAQUE|
|RE:||PROHIBITION OF PERSONAL VOWS IN THE WEDDING LITURGY|
In DOP CIRCULAR NO. 2017 – 033, the Commission on Liturgy and Popular Religiosity (CLPR) specified in its Guidelines for the Parish Wedding Ministry Team that “there should be no personal vow in the wedding rite itself”. This is also in response to the call of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in prohibiting the insertion of personal wedding vows in the wedding liturgy.
For this, we would like to remind all our clergy, diocesan and religious, that this policy is still binding in our Diocese. We strictly prohibit personal wedding vows either within the Marriage Rite or after the Post- communion prayer. Even re-enactment of such in front of the altar after the mass is hereby prohibited.
Let us be reminded that the Form of the Scrutiny and Exchange of Consent from the approved Wedding Rite is already sufficient and complete. The mutual consent of the bride and groom to be married to one another is what brings about the grace of the sacrament (Cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1626). Hence, the church secures the sacredness of the moment by providing the wordings for the Exchange of Consent. In this case, we follow the approved wedding Rites for the use in the dioceses of the Philippines.
The words that express that consent should reflect the sacredness of the moment, which the Church ensures by providing the wording for the vows.
Canon Law states, that such forms from the approved liturgical books by the competent authority, are to be faithfully followed in the celebration of the sacraments. Accordingly, no one may on a personal initiative add to or omit or alter anything in those books. (Cf. Canon 846 §1)
Even the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, is very clear that not even a priest may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority. (Cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium, 22, 3)
Instead, we suggest that the exchange of personal wedding vows may be done during the reception.
We hope that we remain faithful and consistent in implementing the policy in our parishes in order not to bring confusion to the faithful.
JESSE E. MERCADO, D.D
Bishop of Parañaque
REV. FR. CARMELO O. ESTORES