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A Pastoral and Liturgical Commentary

Edited by Edward Foley, Capuchin

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Catholic Marriage: A Pastoral and Liturgical Commentary is a collection of essays by scholars and practitioners on the rites, spirituality, history, theology, and pastoral practice surrounding the Sacrament of Matrimony in the Roman Catholic Church. Those who minister to engaged couples and teach the sacrament will appreciate the accessible approach to the meaning of Christian marriage and how it has been expressed in the rites of the Church and cultural customs.

James and Evelyn Whitehead, longtime partners in marriage and in the exploration of Christian spirituality, open the book with their essay “Promises to Keep: A Spirituality of Christian Marriage.”

The collection then focuses on the marriage rites themselves from a variety of perspectives. Kimberly Hope Belcher, assistant professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, wife and mother, offers “A Theology of Marriage.” Anne McGowan, assistant professor at Catholic Theological Union (CTU), also married with children, presents “Committed in Christ: A Historical Overview of Christian Marriage Rites.” Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM, professor of liturgy at CTU whose long career includes work on the translation of the rites of the Catholic Church, discusses the “Evolution and Translation of the 2016 Marriage Rite.” CTU professors Edward Foley and Richard Fragomeni focus on  the adaptations that other bishops' conferences  in the Western world have made in “The Marriage Rites: an International Perspective."

Turning toward the pastoral aspects of the celebration of marriage, Paul Covino, husband, father, grandfather, deacon, campus minister, and expert in advising soon-to-be married couples, shares his wisdom in “Preparing the Wedding, Preparing for Marriage.” Diana Macalintal, who with her husband is cofounder of TeamRCIA, explores a crucial and often overlooked aspect of any sacramental celebration in “Mystagogy of Marriage.” Timone Davis, assistant professor at Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies, teams with Ed Foley to reflect on “Preaching at Weddings.” Conductor, composer, teacher, pastoral musician, wife, and mother Jennifer Kerr Budziak joins Richard Fragomeni in considering “Music in the Celebration of Marriage: Reflections on Best Practices."  Finally, Patrick R. Lagges, who served for many years in the canonical offices of the Archdiocese of Chicago, presents “Canonical Reflections on the Order of Celebrating Matrimony.”

Kimberly Hope Belcher, Jennifer Kerr Budziak, Paul Covino, Timone Davis, Edward Foley, Capuchin, Richard N. Fragomeni, Patrick R. Lagges, Diana Macalintal, Anne McGowan, Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM, James and Evelyn Whitehead contributed to this resource.

“Occasioned by the recent publication of the new translation of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony, this comprehensive collection of essays by some of the most renowned practical theologians of our time is unique for its attention to both liturgical and pastoral aspects; overall, it renews the crucial conviction that marriage is central to God's saving mission in Christ to the world. Both scholarly and readable, Catholic Marriage: A Pastoral and Liturgical Commentary will be an excellent resource for those who develop and teach in preparation and renewal programs, for theology students, and for those who minister to those who are living out this daily sacrament or preparing to do so.”
Thomas Groome
Professor of Theology and Religious Education
Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry
His most recent book is Faith for the Heart (Paulist, 2019).

“Catholic Marriage: A Pastoral and Liturgical Commentary is a wonderful, much-needed wedding gift. The contributors offer us a remarkable resource of pastoral and theological reflection, historical detail, and practical insights for the celebration of marriage. Everyone involved with the preparation of couples for marriage will draw immeasurable support from these pages and it will quickly become an indispensable addition to every minister’s library. Well done!”
Deacon William T. Ditewig, Ph.D
Former Executive Director, Secretariat for the Diaconate
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.