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Preparing the Liturgy of the Word at Catholic Weddings

Various authors including Leisa Anslinger and Jennifer Kerr Budziak

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United in Christ: Preparing the Liturgy of the Word at Catholic Weddings is perfect for parish staffs to provide couples with a high quality and pastoral resource for preparing all aspects of the Liturgy of the Word for their wedding. Designed as a formational tool, United in Christ guides couples through each of the possible readings from The Order of Celebrating Matrimony, providing brief Scripture commentary from Catholic scholars and liturgical ministers that explain the meaning of the Scripture text through the lens of the needs of the couple. Along with the full text of each reading, this resource also offers insight into why a couple may choose a particular reading.

United in Christ includes:

  • Full texts of the readings from The Order of Celebrating Matrimony in sense line format
  • Pastoral Scripture commentary written by married Catholic scholars and liturgical ministers
  • Reading suggestions for a cohesive and unified Liturgy of the Word
  • Reasons a couple might select a particular reading
  • Guidance for writing the Prayer of the Faithful with sample texts
  • Full texts of the consent, blessing and exchange of rings, and the Nuptial Blessing
  • Selection form to turn in to the pastor, deacon, or liturgist

Leisa Anslinger, Jennifer Kerr Budziak, Charles A. Bobertz, Mary A. Ehle, Christopher J. Ferraro, Mary G. Fox, Corinna Laughlin, and Biagio Mazza contributed to this resource.

“Over the past decade working in Marriage preparation and assisting couples in planning for their wedding liturgies, I have often struggled to find resources that are actually helpful to the couple in preparing for their wedding ceremony. This resource is a fresh approach and helpful solution to this dilemma! The commentary and reflections contained (t)herein provide insightful background on the Scripture texts, and the recommendations for matching up readings are particularly helpful, especially for those who may be new to the realm of liturgical preparation. I highly recommend this book to all engaged couples, and it will be a go-to resource for my own wedding liturgy preparation.”

- Kyle S. Turner

Founding Director of Spirit and Hope Ministries

Denver, Colorado

“United in Christ will assist couples in preparing their wedding ceremony in a way that is more personal and relevant to the way they live their lives.”

--Lisa Daly

Wedding Hostess, St. Raphael Church

Naperville, IL

“I would have loved a resource like this when my husband and I were preparing our wedding! The cultural context provided for each of the selections and the cross references for choosing related readings and psalms are very helpful. The additional background material gives couples helps make the wedding preparation process more meaningful.”

--Rebecca Pfost Malato

Madison, New Jersey