One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the Roman Catholic Church) a mass celebrated as part of a wedding ceremony.
- ‘Just a quarter century ago, fascist Spain had Catholicism as its state religion; citizens could be legally married only in a nuptial mass by a priest.’
- ‘Ambassador Kennedy had enlisted Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, to conduct the nuptial mass (only because the Pope was not available, it was said).’
- ‘The ceremony with nuptial mass and blessing was celebrated by Fr. Pat Fitzgerald P.P., St. Paul's.’
- ‘The nuptial mass was celebrated by Fr. Odhran Furlong, CC, Wexford (cousin of bride).’
- ‘Notably, the church has a long tradition of celebrating a nuptial mass.’
- ‘After the marriage ceremony conducted by the archbishops of Glasgow and York there was a nuptial mass and a short coronation ritual, with the King's arm round his new queen's waist much of the time.’
- ‘The church bells pealed for the morning nuptial mass and a reception followed.’
- ‘The rest of the nuptial mass was a blur to me except the vows and Lily's face.’
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