Q. 1. I heard that in the Catholic Church, during the Sacrament of Matrimony, there is no exchange of rings. Is it true that such a practice is a cultural one?
A. 1. What you heard is correct. Things such as the wearing of a white dress (or other colors), the spreading of flower petals and the exchange of rings are all cultural matters. They are not part of the Catholic liturgy related to marriages.
In a Catholic wedding, the following is required:
- The presence of the couple,
- a priest or deacon who is the official witness of the Church,
- and two other witnesses.
During this process, the two parties express their consent by exchanging their vows and then the priest or deacon gives them a nuptial blessing.