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Archive for category Marriage

“Flash Mob – Catholic style!”

The bride was in tears at the performance and commented afterwards “We had the best day ever and absolutely everybody said that the church was their favorite part of the day.”

Wedding and the Liturgy of the Hours

How a liturgist celebrated his wedding within the Liturgy of the Hours, and why this might be a quite good idea.

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Wedding Liturgy Inclusive of Same Sex Couples Approved by Church of Norway

The general synod at the Evangelical-Lutheran church in Trondheim approved a new liturgy of marriage inclusive of same-sex couples.

Sacramentality and foundational experience: a reflection on Bruce Morrill’s The Essential Writings of Bernard Cooke

In June, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel at the CTSA celebrating and commenting on the publication of Bruce Morrill’s new book, The Essential Writings of Bernard Cooke (Paulist Press, 2016) (Amazon link). In my presentation, which developed Cooke’s understanding of sacramentality (chapter 3 of the book), I commented that it would be […]

Outdoor Catholic Weddings Now Allowed in Helena, Montana

The newly instituted policy serves two purposes: to connect spirituality to sacred nature and to better serve younger couples who want to wed outdoors.

Some Questions about the Retranslated Marriage Rite

By now, publishers have received the copy of the Marriage Rite for use beginning September 8. Composers are at work setting the texts.

Amoris Laetitia, paragraph 15

“We know that the New Testament speaks of “churches that meet in homes” (cf. 1 Cor 16:19; Rom 16:5; Col 4:15; Philem 2). A family’s living space could turn into a domestic church, a setting for the Eucharist, the presence of Christ seated at its table. We can never forget the image found in the Book of Revelation, where the Lord says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20).”


Two Intriguing Passages in Amoris Laetitia

Here are two very interesting passages that we might start with at Pray Tell – on the marriage rite and married clergy.

The Revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony

This text may be used as of September 8, 2016, and its use is mandatory as of December 30, 2016.

Preconciliar Orthodox Document on Marriage

The document states the marriage of an Orthodox Christian with a non-Orthodox Christian is forbidden and cannot be celebrated in the Church, though it can be “blessed out of indulgence” if the children of marriage will be baptized and raised Orthodox.