Weddings

Weddings at St. Paul’s Catholic Parish Paphos.

We are happy to welcome people coming here for the Sacrament of Marriage.

Roman Catholic weddings must be in a church or chapel.

We have a number of these in our parish which includes Paphos, Pissouri and Polis and their surrounding areas.

Our Parish Church is Agia Kyriaki, The main place for weddings.

On Mondays and Tuesdays we use St. George’s Chapel, Chloraka.

There are also Chapels at a number of the Hotels such as, 
The Elysium Hotel Paphos;
Keralos Hotel Paphos;
Aphrodite Hills Intercontinental Hotel.

In the Polis area there is a chapel at the Anassa Hotel, Latchi..

However there are a number of very important things Couples need to note.

  1. If a couple wish to get married here they must first see their Parish Priest in their home parish. at least 6 months prior to any marriage, He will say if a marriage is possible.
  2. Then phone our wedding coordinator to PENCIL in a date for the wedding here.
  3. Your Priest will fill in a Pre-nuptial enquiry form and will collect all the papers and apply for the dispensations he needs for your wedding,
  4. The Diocese of Jerusalem, in common with most diocese, requires that you do a pre marriage course and that the Priest includes a letter or certificate that you have done such a course in the marriage papers.
  5. Once completed the Priest sends these documents to his diocesan bishop asking for the wedding to be celebrated outside his diocese here at St. Pauls, Paphos, Cyprus. if the bishop agrees the forms are sent to our Vicar General here in Cyprus (Fr. Jerzy Kraj) Holy Cross Church, Paphos Gate, PO Box 21964, 1010 Nicosia, Cyprus.) who then gives us permission to go ahead with the marriage.
  6. Only then can we confirm the booking
  7. The papers need to be at the home diocese at least 4 months prior to the wedding, so should arrive here in Cyprus some 3 months before the wedding.
  8. Wedding services here follow the Roman Catholic Rite of Marriage outside of the Mass. (Please note if using UK version, the wording here is different and is that of the Roman Ritual).
  9. Readings must come only from the lectionary (3), the section ‘Marriage’. Not from the internet.
  10. Music. In Agia Kyriaki only organ music may be used. In other venues we have to use CD’s but these must be of Church music only.

Contacts.
If wishing to book a wedding our coordinator Susie, who may be contacted on (+357) 26931640 (+357) 99613715.

Visiting Priests
If you have a Priest coming with you whilst very welcome, please inform us well beforehand and remind him he needs to produce a ‘Celebret’ from his Diocese in order to take part in the service. We need a copy of his celebret at least 4 weeks prior to the wedding, Fax or scanned.

Summary

  1. See your home Parish Priest at least 6 months prior to any wedding to get his agreement to a wedding.
  2. Phone us to pencil in a proposed date for wedding
  3. Complete all paper work and pre marriage course
  4. Your home Parish Priest to send papers to home Diocesan Chancellor
  5. Diocese to send to our Vicar General at least 4 months before wedding
  6. Our Vicar General gives us permission to do wedding.
  7. Only then do we confirm booking!

Wedding Service

(Following Roman Ritual for Marriage outside Mass)

  • Rite of Marriage outside of Mass.
  • (if both couple are Catholic Communion given if not, Communion not generally given unless specifically requested).

In Agia Kyriaki only Organ music may be played. No CDs.

Music while people assemble to be appropriate for a church. e.g. Panis Angelicus, Ave Maria, Bach, etc.

The Brides Entrance. Music (Wedding March Toccata & Fugue etc)

Welcome and Introduction by the Priest.

The Couple light candles if requested.

Opening prayer

1st reading must be from Scripture (From Lectionary section on Marriage)

Psalm said or sung (Appropriate Hymn can be used)

2nd Reading (Optional).

Alleluia verse Said or sung.

Gospel. Priest must read this no one else.

Marriage rite (From Roman Ritual only, not UK version) Includes Blessing and giving of Rings

Bidding Prayers

Nuptial blessing

Couple go and light centre candle and Mums take 2 candles.

Our Father said.

(If couple both Catholics Communion may be offered and music played)

Final Prayer

Final Blessing

Signing of Register. (Appropriate music for this)

Music for exit of newly married couple.