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Written by Msgr. Joseph Champlin (1930-2008) and first published in 1970, more than nine-million copies of Together for Life have been sold. The previous edition was updated in 2011 with the help of Rev. Peter A. Jarret, C.S.C., to include the revised liturgical texts of the third edition of the Roman Missal. The 2016 edition contains all the necessary texts from The Order of Celebrating Matrimony.
Each reading choice is accompanied by a reflection written by lay married theologians or pastoral leaders who are committed to the sacramental life of the Church. Contributors include Ann M. Garrido, Msgr. Michael Heintz, Diana Macalintal, H. Richard McCord, Geoffrey D. Miller, Tim Muldoon, Julie Hanlon Rubio, and Deacon William F. Urbine.
Together for Life includes all of the information, prayers, blessings, and readings needed to plan a wedding that will be held within Mass, without Mass, or between a Catholic and a catechumen or non-Christian. FAQs address questions couples may have about traditions such as readings, music, witnesses, and unusual circumstances.
Together for Life includes:
- Approved texts for The Order of Celebrating Matrimony and prayers from the Roman Missal
- "The Word Brought Home, " scripture commentaries by Catholic leaders
- Catechetical commentary by Rev. Peter Jarret, C.S.C., to help couples deepen their understanding of the Church's liturgy
- Hints for incorporating ethnic and cultural devotions and practices into a Catholic wedding
- Sample intercessions
- How-to guides to help parish ministers
- FAQ section about the celebration of Catholic weddings
The material in Together for Life is supported by TogetherforLifeOnline.com. The site includes an online selection form, Catholic wedding planning resources, and articles providing enrichment to both married and engaged couples.
From the Publisher
#1 Catholic Wedding Planning Resource
Beginning in 1970, more than 9 million couples have used Together for Life to plan their weddings in the Catholic Church. That number accounts for nearly 80 percent of Catholic marriages in the United States in nearly five decades. The hope and spirit of the book remain the same as they have always been even as new elements and new authors have been added over the years to better serve Catholic couples as the Church and our culture change and grow. Contributors now include priests, deacons, lay married theologians, and pastoral leaders from around the country who remain deeply committed to the sacramental life of the Church.
Catholic Marriage Preparation
The book, Together for Life, is the most popular Catholic marriage preparation booklet used in the United States Catholic Church today. During the last forty years, more than 9 million couples have used the booklet to prepare for weddings and marriages. Now in a new revised edition, the book will continue to touch the lives of millions more couples in the years ahead.
frequently asked questions
3 forms of celebrating matrimony
step-by-step instructions for choosing prayers, scripture readings, and blessings
In the Book, You’ll Find:
The Introductory Rites
The wedding liturgy begins with a welcome by the priest or deacon at the door of the church, followed by the entrance procession. Choose your Collect prayer easily with Together for Life.
The Liturgy of the Word
In the scripture readings proclaimed during Catholic weddings, we hear of God’s steadfast love for his people and of our call to make the whole of our lives a response to that love. Go through different readings and choose which you want used for your wedding.
The Celebration of Matrimony
This is the heart of a Catholic wedding liturgy. Your exchange of vows before a priest, or deacon, two primary witnesses, and the gathered assembly of your family and friends joins you together for life. Learn about what will happen during this intimate celebration.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist
In the Eucharist, his sacrifice of love is present again by the power of the Holy Spirit. Christ becomes for us the nourishment we need to love, forgive, and reach out to others in compassion. Choose your prayer over the offerings for the liturgy of the Eucharist.
The Conclusion of the Celebration
The liturgy concludes with a solemn blessing, prayed over you by the priest or deacon. Choose the final blessing that you would like prayed over you at your wedding.
Together for Life Online
Getting married and staying married can be quite a challenge! Together for Life Online was developed as a community of engaged couples, married couples, and ministers to help build strong, life-long marriages with God.
At Together for Life Online, you will find:
ideas and tips for planning a Catholic wedding
marriage advice from the TFL community
quality resources to help strengthen your marriage
wedding planning checklist
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