CBCP: Priests Should Advise Couples to “Read Vows at Wedding Reception But Certainly NOT in Church”

It somewhat appears that December is the new June as we have seen more and more people getting married this time of the year. For one, Solenn Heussaff married Nico Bolzico in Argentina a couple of days back. Then, Kean Cipriano married Chynna Ortaleza at the turning of another year.

In relation to weddings, there is an increasing popularity of customized expression of love among couples via writing and reciting personal vows. However, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President and Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in Pangasinan Socrates Villegas said on a Facebook post that reciting of personal vows is now allowed.

On the post, the basic principles of the liturgy were enumerated ultimately saying, “Based on these norms, the idea of pronouncing personal vows inserted within the wedding liturgy must not be allowed.”

However, he mentioned that couples are advised to read their personal vows “at the wedding reception but certainly not in the church.”

Here’s the entire post:

Personal Vows Wedding CBCP

What are your thoughts on not allowing reciting of personal vows on wedding liturgy? Is reading the vows at the reception a reasonable compromise?

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