The Latin Rite Bishops of the USCCB approved the English translation of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony, second edition in November 2013. Subsequently, the provisional text was sent to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for the recognitio which is required before any new liturgical text can be published and used in the dioceses of the United States.
That recognitio was granted on June 29, 2015. It is typical that some “fine-tuning” of the text would follow with a close examination of grammar and punctuation. On February 2, 2016, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB, issued a Decree of Publication for the Order of Celebrating Matrimony. He wrote that this ritual text “may be published and used in the Liturgy as of September 8, 2016, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and its use is mandatory as of December 30, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. From that day forward, no other English edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony may be used in the diocese of the United States.”
Once again, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and the BCDW Secretariat Staff will team up to offer formation on the revised rite. Workshops have been strategically scheduled in regions across the country and the FDLC has prepared materials for liturgical catechesis. The workshops are intended for priests, deacons, parish musicians, and diocesan leaders who actively prepare couples for marriage and for the celebration of Matrimony.
Online registration will be available after March 14 at www.fdlc.org/marriage-rite-workshops. Cost will be $55 per person; this will include lunch, beverages, and workshop materials. Thank you for your patience and continuing support.