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From: Guy Etchells <>
Subject: Re: [CHS] Massed Marriages
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 08:24:51 +0100
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Anne Peat wrote:
> Although fees may have been doubled during Lent, it was also not the
> custom to celebrate marriages in Lent, since it was a solemn season -
> hence the great rush of marriages at Easter. It was also a holiday
> period, so a good time for weddings.
The Book of Church law by the Rev. John Henry Blunt, D.D. available from
Anguline Research Archives (ARA 73) shows that not only was it not the
custom to celebrate marriage during lent it was against canonic law.
The 57th canon of the Council of Laodicea [A.D. 365] forbids the
celebration of marriage during Lent
A canon of the Council of Lerdia [A.D. 524] forbides their solemnization
during Lent and also from the begining of Advent to Epiphany and during
the three weeks preceeding the Festival of St John the Baptist.
The 18th canon of the Council of Eanham [A.D. 1009] and the 3rd canon of
the Council of Selingstadt [A.D. 1022] states no marriage should take
place from Advent to Epiphany, nor between Septuagesima and the Octave
of Easter, nor in the fourteen days before the Festival of St John the
Baptist, nor upon fast-days, nor upon the vigils of solemn feasts.
The 19th canon of the Council of Ravenna [A.D. 1311] is to the same
effect as are various others.
The practice of the Church of England before the reformation is shown in
the rubic of the Sarum Manuals which prohibit marriage from Advent
Sunday until the Octave of Epiphany, from Septuagesima until the Octave
of Easter, and from Rogtion Sunday until six days after Pentecost.
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