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A Preparation Handbook for the Celebration of Catholic Marriage with the New Order of Celebrating Matrimony

Authors: Joseph R. Giandurco & John S. Bonnici
Copyright: 2017
First Printed: 01-31-2017

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This booklet is designed to give couples an introduction to the Church's teaching on the Sacrament of Matrimony and to help them prepare their wedding liturgy. As such it will be found useful in both group and individual sessions with the priest or deacon assisting in their preparation for marriage as well as by those persons who want to deepen or renew their understanding and appreciation of the sacrament they have or are about to receive. The chapter on the Catholic teaching on the sacrament is followed by the Celebration of Matrimony, revised in 2016. The couple is invited to personalize their wedding ceremony by selecting the scripture readings, prayers, and blessings they feel most express their love for one another and to choose as well the words to be used in their exchange of vows in the section which has recently been expanded and revised. For this purpose a detchable Liturgy Planner is provided at the back of the booklet.

About the Authors: Joseph R. Giandurco, pastor of St. Patrick's, Yorktown Heights, NY, received his STB from the Pontifical Gregorian University, an STL from the Lateran University and a JCL and JCD in Canon Law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas. He served as dean of studies at St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie from 2003-2006 and was pastor of Sacred Heart, Suffern from 2006-2016. He was named a monsignor in 2006. John S. Bonnici, pastor of St. Columba's Parish in Chester, NY, is a member of the adjunct faculty of St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie. He received his STB degree from the Gregorian University and an STL and STD in Moral Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.

Book: 96 pages
ISBN: 978-08189-1398-3
Prod. Code: 1398-3



"The best marriage preparation textbook I have seen, and I've looked at lots of them. There are concise essays on key areas of married life and the complete ritual of matrimony with Scripture texts taken from the widely used New American Bible. A great book to put in the hands of engaged couples." --Father Kenneth Myers in the Pittsburgh Catholic

"Partners in Life and Love includes a readily readable approach to an understanding of the theological and scriptural underpinnings of marriage, as well as the canonical requirements of this very special sacrament. It offers several options available for the wedding ceremony including a choice of readings and, among other things, explains what kinds of ceremonies can be held when a Catholic marries a non-Catholic." --John Burger in Catholic New York 


"This handbook has two stated goals: to offer a brief overview of the Church's teachings on marriage and to act as a guideline for planning the wedding liturgy. Pastoral ministers may find it beneficial to give this booklet to the engaged couple on their first meeting with them. The section on Church teaching touches on Canon Law and on the Church's position on sexuality and birth control. The section on liturgy planning covers the selection of readings, the preferred format of the wedding vows, and devotional practices such as the lighting of a unity candle. This section also discusses the significance of sharing communion during the wedding liturgy. As in many books, the photos tell the story, from early glimpses of young couples 'in love' to the final image of an elderly couple -- the wife in a wheelchair being pushed by her husband. Both have expressions of peace and devotion on their faces. Whether you read the words or look at the pictures, you will get the same message: Marriage is a lifelong commitment, one that is worth the effort." --Marilyn Peters Krawczyk in Modern Liturgy

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