You would not believe the dopey things people want to do during weddings.
I had a question from a reader about marriage processions.
This appears to be a post-Vatican II development, and despite my google searches, I was unable to find how processionals worked pre-Vatican II. What were the Church’s guidelines? Also, what is your opinion on the new processionals, if they are in fact different?
Yes… they were very different.
Here is a good example.
Well… maybe that wasn’t the pre-Vatican II video. Sorry. Must have gotten mixed up with… well… I dunno….
I believe this sort of thing was handled by local custom more than by legislation.
After all, it is before Mass or the wedding rite. There are no clerics involved, so issues of precedence are not regulated. There could be civil authorities, but that is not regulated by rubrics.
It would not surprise me were there no indications of any kind before the Council, since the silliness season didn’t begin until later.
In any event, here is what the Rite of Marriage says about the entrance procession:
If there is a procession to the altar, the ministers [e.g., lectors, altar servers] go first, followed by the priest, and then the bride and bridegroom. According to local custom, they may be escorted by at least their parents and the two witnesses. Meanwhile, the entrance song is sung. (#20)
This seems consistent with common sense.
Seasoned married Catholics might chime in with memories of their pre-Vatican II marriage processions.