The Sacrament of Matrimony, or Marriage, is one of the two Sacraments of Vocation in the Church. By the grace of this Sacrament, God fits two people for a lifelong commitment to each other. And by doing so, He reveals to the entire world His love for all of us.
In all Sacraments, God makes use of external signs that are easily understandable by people without having to be taught their meaning. In Baptism, for example, God uses water, because we all know from experience that water makes things clean. In the Holy Eucharist, God uses food and drink to show that it is Jesus Christ Who sustains our lives. Now, in the Sacrament of Marriage, God uses the two people themselves. Instead of a thing, the symbol in Matrimony is the couple. By the exchange of their vows, and then by the day-by-day living out of those vows, God shows us something extraordinary. For married love has a particular character. It is by its very nature permanent (“until death do us part”), exclusive (“one man, one woman”), and life-giving (both in the spouses themselves and in their children). So when we see how a husband and wife relate to each other, we should be able to see all these qualities at work. And that, when seen through the eyes of faith, ought easily to remind us of the Love with which Jesus Christ gave His life on the Cross for all of us. His love for us is also permanent, exclusive, and life-giving. A married couple, by virtue of the Sacrament they receive, are charged by God with the sacred task of showing the world what His love for all of us looks like. In their relationship, they make His love visible to all of us.
Marriage Preparation/Wedding Ceremony
The Archdiocese of Omaha requires a minimum of 6 months prior to a wedding date for marriage preparation. This applies to couples who are both Catholic, who are Catholic and baptized non-Catholic, who are Catholic and are not baptized.
When one or both members of a couple have been married previously a process with the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal will be required before marriage preparation can begin and a wedding date can be placed in the Cathedral calendar.
Marriage preparation begins with contact at the Cathedral Rectory. This may be by telephone or e-mail. Preliminary information is taken and contact from the Rectory will allow for a meeting a priest of the Cathedral. The meeting with the priest provides the details of the preparation process, contact with Archdiocesan sessions and locating a wedding date on the Cathedral calendar.
Wedding times: Friday late afternoons or evenings; Saturdays at 10 am, Noon or 2 pm. 2 pm is the latest start time for a Saturday wedding, owing to Saturday afternoon confessions and the anticipated Mass for Sunday.
Music: The ritual book “The Rite of Marriage” determines all wedding ceremonies. Music is a liturgical element for all wedding ceremonies. Its first purpose is the praise of God and expression of Faith surrounding the reception of a Sacrament.
Resources: A special packet explains the specific helps, responsibilities and resources for all aspects of the wedding ceremony, especially the selection and approval of all music for weddings.
Deposit: Receiving a date on the Cathedral calendar takes place with the priest who will provide the marriage preparation. There is a $100 deposit. This is the only charge by the Cathedral. The Cathedral Music Director works with all couples in preparation for the wedding day. There is a fee for the organist and cantor.