Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the most popular questions about the changes to Together for Life and The Order of Celebrating Matrimony Ritual Cards:

Implementing the Changes to The Order of Celebrating Matrimony

Formerly called the Rite of Marriage, the newly release translation of The Order of Celebrating Matrimony will take effect at the end of the year and Ave Maria Press's bestselling wedding resources are now revised to include the changes. 

Here are the key dates for use of the revised Together for Life and The Order of Celebrating Matrimony Complete Set and Ritual Cards:

May 1, 2016—Non-returnable date for the current edition of Together for Life, as well as the Rite of Marriage Complete Set and Ritual Cards

September 8, 2016—First liturgical use allowed of The Order of Celebrating Matrimony in parishes

October 3, 2016—Revised Together for Life and on sale 

October 24, 2016The Order of Celebrating Matrimony Complete Set and Ritual Cards will be on sale

December 30, 2016—Mandatory date for parishes to begin using The Order of Celebrating Matrimony

For additional information about the changes, read this list of frequently asked questions

A History of The Order of Celebrating Matrimony 

To help communicate these changes, we created this infographic timeline to help explain why there will be changes to the way we celebrate the sacrament of marriage in 2016. 

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For additional information about these changes read "Marriage Rite, Second Edition, What's New?