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Today not only marks the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but it’s also the day many US dioceses will begin using a new liturgy for marriage ceremonies, The Order of Celebrating Matrimony, and Notre Dame’s “Church and Life Journal” has the scoop:
We are welcoming a text that is truly enriched and expanded, yet still very recognizable to those of us who are familiar with (or participated in) the outgoing Rite of Marriage book, which had been in use for over four decades. The old Rite of Marriage was translated from the 1969 Latin edition – the first set of revised marriage rites published for the universal Church after the Second Vatican Council. A second Latin edition was then promulgated in 1990, featuring a number of changes. However, because the Church in the English-speaking world would spend most of the subsequent two decades employing a new method of liturgical translation and readying the Roman Missal for its 2011 implementation, updating the vernacular edition of the marriage rites got put on the backburner. Now it’s finally ready. We actually caught a glimpse of the updates with the Roman Missal, which already contains the beautiful new versions of the Nuptial Blessings and proper Mass prayers. As a means of acquainting ourselves with the Order of Celebrating Matrimony, here’s a quick look at five significant changes in the new ritual book.
Read it all here.