This book provides a paragraph-by-paragraph commentary on the Catholic Church's Order of Celebrating Matrimony. Readers will learn about the history and theology of the elements of the rite and of the pertinent texts in the Roman Missal. Paul Turner provides translations of reports of the study group that revised the ceremony after the Second Vatican Council. The book also covers the Spanish translations used in the United States, Mexico, and Colombia, and variations permitted in Australia and in England and Wales, as well as in French-speaking Canada. This in-depth commentary serves as an invaluable resource for practitioners and students of Catholic weddings.
Paul Turner is pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Kansas City, Missouri, and he holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Sant' Anselmo in Rome. He is a former president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and a member of Societas Liturgica and the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. He serves as a facilitator for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. His publications include Glory in the Cross, Let Us Pray, and Whose Mass Is It? Why People Care So Much about the Catholic Liturgy published by Liturgical Press. He is a contributor to Give Us This Day.