In this book, Kenneth Stevenson relates the ritual process to the three stages or "deep structures" of traditional rites of passage. We find them exemplified most clearly today in the Roman Rite in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. To Join Together is a study of the Roman Rite of Marriage, showing that historic liturgical practice celebrated marriage in three stages: betrothal, liminality, and incorporation. Though this practice has faded from the liturgy, it continues to be followed actively in family life. Dr. Stevenson calls for a return to traditional ritual practice. He offers specific recommendations for celebrating liturgically each of the three "deep structures" of the rite. Dr. Stevenson is the author of Eucharist and Offering, a major ecumenical study of the Eucharist and the theme of sacrifice. He is rector of the Anglican parish of Holy Trinity and St. Mary's, Guildford, England.
This book is a convenient means of preparation for couples getting married within a Liturgy of the Word, without the Mass. The author is a parish priest with years of experience.
Revised edition of a book that has sold thousands of copies: marriage options for those marrying at Mass. The author is a parish priest with years of experience.
Over 4,000,000 couples have benefited from using this book, to prepare for marriage. It's a friendly, comprehensive, insightful, down-to-earth look at what makes good marriages work. This is the eighth edition of a bestseller!
Second edition. Arranged in question and answer format, this book is intended for those preparing for marriage. By and large, the author relies on Church teaching, law, and pastoral tradition for his answers. Special reliance is given to the teaching of Pope John Paul and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. There are six appendices, with documents, etc. 190 pages.