VARIATIONS IN MARRIAGE 

 

Marriage rituals can be found in every culture and society, and Christian weddings have been around for a long time. All churches and denominations offer a religious wedding ceremony, although only the Catholic, Orthodox and Episcopal churches call it a sacrament. (In traditional theology, the relationship between the spouses is also called a sacrament.)

Catholics can marry in a simple wedding ceremony, but most choose to celebrate their marriage with a special eucharistic liturgy called a nuptial mass. Church rules about the reception of communion make this option somewhat problematic if a spouse or guests are not Catholic, so  couples facing this difficulty have to find a way through it.

The official church witness at a Catholic wedding is customarily a priest, but if a priest cannot be present, a deacon is also able to officiate. In an interfaith marriage, a representative from another church or religion can be invited to witness and bless the marriage as well.

The following videos show Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant weddings. Each listing contains a descriptive heading, two lines of information, and a link to the video.

Marriage Window

Catholic Church Wedding Ceremony Highlights (9 min.)
Large wedding party, posted July 16, 2008
(City and state not listed)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVI0YaPUw40&feature=related

NICO & TINA Wedding Day (10 min.)
Catholic wedding ceremony and nuptial mass on July 1, 2007
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Dorado, Puerto Rico
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUhydZeLrCA

Catholic Wedding of Jamie & Sonya
Traditional wedding ceremony and nuptial mass posted September 2007
Assumption Catholic Church (location not listed)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq4FAEP2s48 (Part 1 – 10 min.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Q4WmALONY (Part 2 – 9 min.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw5nKZNi48U (Part 3 – 10 min.)

Catholic-Hindu Wedding in New York City (6 min.)
Unusual combination of two religious ceremonies posted September 2008
(Names of church and park not listed)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpqQlRG1zmk

Malankara Syrian Catholic Wedding (7 min.)
Excerpt of ceremony performed by Fr. George Jacob Kizhakkathil 
on 27 December 2006 at St. Mary's Cathedral, Punnamoodu, India
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZE7TsjBdLA

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Chattanooga Tennessee (4 min.)
Exchange of vows in Episcopalian ceremony in March 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3dxkf1NsY0

Wedding Vows (8 min.)
Exchange of vows by Anthony and Shayne, posted September 24, 2006
Appears to be in an Episcopal church (location not listed)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ab58UT8XTk

Russian Orthodox Wedding in Riga (10 min.)
Traditional religious ceremony posted in November 2006
Undisclosed church in Riga, Latvia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsInpoOZvCA

Roxana and Kendry Orthodox Wedding (6 min.)
Central part of the marriage ceremony
Posted in January 2009 (church and location not listed)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCz6G4dp_EE

Syrian Orthodox Wedding (8 min.)
Marriage ceremony in the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox tradition
Posted in April 2008 (location not listed)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns0C_rBTY6o

Joanna & Gregg Wedding Ceremony (8 min.)
Wedding vows and exchange of rings before a Protestant minister
February 9, 2007 in Portland, Oregon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LTYy_PRKig

Indian Christian Wedding in NY (4 min.)
Cultural preliminaries, Protestant ceremony, and American reception
Oheka Castle on Long Island, New York, in October 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuSczyuwsBg

African Christian Wedding - What God Has Joined (10 min.)
Protestant ceremony posted in March 2008
(City and country not listed)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnyDYDQGbQs

Religious Wedding Ceremony of the Prince of Orange and Máxima Zorreguieta
Dutch Reformed ceremony on February 2, 2002
Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam, Holland (The Netherlands)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JzIfMvfJKU&feature=PlayList&p=D41E04675B2DFD84&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=10
(Part 1 – 9 min.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0ilu7yWG80&feature=PlayList&p=D41E04675B2DFD84&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=13

(Part 2 – 8 min.)

The Jewish Wedding Video (6 min.)
Orthodox Jewish wedding in Brooklyn, New York, on May 26, 2005
Shows preparations and reception as well as the ceremony
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBthec4v30Q

Jewish Wedding Video (13 min.)
Conservative Jewish wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2007
Shows preparations and reception as well as the ceremony
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2338336892662984334&ei=VEieS_XJLaf6qgK75JGDDQ&q=jewish+wedding+video&hl=en&client=firefox-a#

Diana & Ovidiu's civil marriage ceremony (8 min.)
Coventry Register Office in Coventry, England
Performed by a public official on January 23, 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXBrldj9wrM

The Wedding Vows of Robert and Barbara Young (6 min.)
Secular wedding ceremony posted novembere 29, 2009
(Location not listed)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESvlNUq1TLw



Additional YouTube, Google and Bing videos are available under the following subject listings:
Catholic Wedding, Religious Wedding, Christian Wedding, Orthodox Wedding, Anglican Wedding, Catholic Marriage, Christian Marriage, Orthodox Marriage, Anglican Wedding


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