It might be a surprise to people, but it is also true that if anybody objects why this couple could not lawfully be joined together in matrimony, the wedding has to be canceled. It is rightfully said, “Let them speak now or hold peace forever.” It used to be an essential part of the ceremony among a particular group of the church unless special dispensation is made in those cases.
But have you ever wondered where and why did this part of the ceremony come from?
The main objective of rejection
Majority cases in significant times, no objection would come, but there are a few exceptions. One example in which nothing seems to occur if someone were to object on the grounds that they didn’t think the given person was suitable for the other, or of their undying love for one of those being wed. But there are few cases where the ceremony would proceed without the person officiating the wedding even after acknowledging the objection.
But the crucial part of these questions remains, “why this couple cannot be lawfully joined?” If someone were to object, on the basis that they knew people by being closely related or one of them being forced into against their will. There can also be a case or maybe some form of severe misrepresentation or fraudulent by one of the betrothed. If that’s the case, then the minister in question is required to stop the wedding and investigate the claim.
Does it happen in modern times?
Yes, of course. But in modern times, it is highly unlikely ever to occur even where some version of this question is required. The process of acquiring a marriage license in most countries is complicated, and the extensive data that is officially kept for people to keep track of them.
It all brings us around where the whole “speak now or hold peace forever” came from in the first place. This phrase became accessible from the Christians’ Book of Common Prayers in the liturgy section of marriage. This work also popularized some more common phrases like “Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust,” “Till death do us part,” and “Peace in our time.”
As we talk about the origin of this idea, it is said it came in around the 12th century when there were few changes made in marriage law within the Catholic church. They aimed to make these changes and help people get in quickly.
But there were complications on these questions as well. And it has been long that the process of raising these questions been stopped.
The questions and bans posed during an actual wedding have been stopped for a long time, being a thing among many church groups, mainly as civil laws pre-screening and governing marriages have more come to take precedent. They are still in requirement in a few selected church groups. However, the banns also provide time slots for a church congregation to pray for the couple. It functions as an official announcement to marry.