The modern Church of Englandand non-conformist ceremonies,
Posted by Caroline on July 03, 1998 at 22:34:40:
In response to 8-12 restriction, written by Lisa on July 02, 1998 at 19:40:43
Does anyone know (a) if the 8-12 am rule still applies in the Anglican church, or (b) when the nuptial mass became disassociated (assuming it has!) with the marriage ceremony in the Anglican church?
In the modern Church of England there is no rule for the time of the ceremony, I don't think. As long as the priest in question and the attending registrar (whose presence is the actual legal reqirement) are happy, it can go ahead. Having said that, I've never been to a C of E wedding that has been after dark....
As an aside, the play When we were married by JB Priestly, set in 1908, is the story of three couples , who on their silver wedding anniversary, discover that the priest who married them wasn't actually qualified.After a lot of comedy and soul-searching cause by the realisation that they have been living in sin for years, it all ends happily with the discovery that they are actulally married because it's the registrar who makes it legal, not the priest. However, Austen's time is before the Marriage Act of 1837 (?)which first allowed civil and unconformist marriages by the presence of a registrar.
As to Nuptial masses......Since the Church of England has not celebrated Mass since the Reformation, Nuptial Masses per se would not have been celebrated, either! However, today the wedding is often, but not always, combined with Holy Communion. Since Communion can be celebrated 'any time when more that three persons are present', that does not in itself, restrict the timing of the wedding.
This is off the top of my head, again. I am no longer Cof E, so please don't assume this is the last word on the subject,will you, Laura?
- "mass" Laura W 14:47:02 7/04/98 (2)
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