Lighting of candles, placing of veil and cord

LIGHTING OF CANDLES, PLACING OF VEIL AND CORD

NUPTIAL CANDLE CEREMONY (while candle is lighted)

Commentator:  
     (Erwin and Ana Marie will light the candles)

These candles are symbols of light and warmth, of wisdom and love, of hope and life.  The flame is the symbol of God's presence in the love of LIAM and GRACE for each other.  Through God Alone we can attain abiding light and warmth,  wisdom and love, hope and life, now and forever.

(Sidney and Candelaria to place the veil)

The veil is a symbol of unity and togetherness.  LIAM and GRACE, at baptism, you were clothed with the white garment, symbolizing the new life of purity and joy in the Lord to which the risen Christ has called you.  We clothe you again with this precious garment as you enter into the new phase of your life as one with God.  Wear it unstained and let the joy of the Holy Spirit shine forth through all your children and everyone whom the Lord's loving desire will bring into your life.

(Felix and Evangeline to put the cord)

The cord symbolizes the yoke that binds together.  May it remind you forever of your marriage, both life's joy and sorrows shared as one.  May you always support each other and together courageously face the responsibilities as husband and wife.

PRESENTATION OF GIFTS

Priest:  Blessed are You, God or all creation.  Through Your goodness we have this bread to offer which earth has given and human hands have made.  It will become the for us the bread of life.

All:  Blessed be God forever.

Priest:  Blessed are You, God of all creation.  Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and the work of human hands.  It will become our spiritual  drink.

All:  Blessed be God forever.

Priest:  Lord, we ask you to receive us and be pleased with the sacrifice we offer you with humble and contrite hearts.  Pray brothers and sisters, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father.

All:  May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of His name, for our good and the good of all His Church.

Commentator:  All please rise for the offertory prayer.