The revised ritual: Order of Celebrating Matrimony may be used in the liturgy effective immediately, and its use is mandatory in the United States beginning December 30, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Family.

The following reference materials will help those preparing wedding liturgies. The Order of Celebrating Matrimony (2016) and other support publications are available by contacting the Office of Worship (see our catalog).

Click here for marriage preparation information from the Office of Family Ministries.

Matrimony Rites

An outline of the elements of each of the three forms of the rite: within Mass, without Mass, and between a Catholic and a Catechumen or Non-Christian.

Ritual Mass Restrictions

A list of days in the liturgical calendar when a Ritual Mass cannot be used; helpful for scheduling weddings and choosing the appropriate form of the rite.

Liturgical Ministers for Weddings

A list of the liturgical ministers needed for weddings, their qualifications, duties, and vesture; helpful in assisting couples and parishes with the selection of ministers.

Music for Weddings

Some musical suggestions to assist couples and those preparing wedding liturgies in selecting music in accordance with the Order of Celebrating Matrimony.

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