Category Archives: Rite of Marriage

Marriage, Scratch, Matrimony

The former Rite of Marriage (1969) has been significantly revised and updated into the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (1991/2016). What was Rite is now Order. What was once Marriage is now Matrimony. Is that a significant difference? Stay tuned to … Continue reading

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Mile-High … Marriage?

From what I hear in pastoral ministry circles, the term “convalidation” is heading out the door. I’m sure there’s a reason. It’s likely a good one. Much cooing over Pope Francis doing something to regularize/recognize/bless a civil marriage between two … Continue reading

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Wedding Antiphons

A friend alerted me to this work posted a few days ago on the CCW blog, Three Entrance Antiphons for the Celebration of Marriage. Richard Clark is a fine composer. I commend this work linked on the blog post. Some … Continue reading

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Music In The Rite of Marriage: SttL 219-224

Nine numbered sections in Sing To The Lord detail the thoughts and directives of the US bishops on liturgical music for weddings. Let’s look at the last six of these and the advice given by the US bishops. Paragraph 219 advises dioceses … Continue reading

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Music In The Rite of Marriage: SttL 216-218

Nine numbered sections in Sing To The Lord detail the thoughts and directives of the US bishops on liturgical music for weddings. As a pastoral musician I can tell you planning with engaged couples is a significant component of our service to the … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Deuteronomy 8:7-14a, 17-18

We look at good words from the Jewish Torah for this non-Lectionary possibility for a wedding reading: For the LORD, your God, is bringing you into a good country, a land with streams of water, with springs and fountains welling up … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

It might be that Jewish thread running through my family, or the associations I’ve enjoyed over the years with my elder sisters and brothers in Judaism, but I feel an affinity to the Old Testament that not every Catholic gets. For … Continue reading

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