With Easter behind us, celebrations of First Communion and Confirmation underway, and the last remnants of late-season snow storms melting, we can finally let our minds drift with thoughts of summer. While students and families are dreaming of vacation season, with camping trips and time spent at the beach, those who work in pastoral ministry are bracing for wedding season: the planning, the questions, the liturgical struggles, the lost Saturday afternoons, and the never-ending loop of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”
In this episode, we explore the pastoral challenges, opportunities, and implications of marriage celebrations today. To do so, we’ll look at marriage preparation, the changing relationship young couples have with the parish entity, and the navigation of both the universality and particularity of the Church’s celebration. Fr. Michael Leonard Hahn, OSB, helps us examine these topics through the lens of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on love in the family. We’ll also hear excerpts from the document in this week's "Ministry Moment."
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Fr. Michael Leonard Hahn, OSB, is a monk of Saint John's Abbey and a current doctoral candidate at Boston College. His article, "Amoris Laetitia and Marriage Preparation: Who Can Marry in the Church?" will be published in the May 4, 2018 issue of Commonweal magazine.
Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, was released in April, 2016. You can download the full text in English from the Vatican website.
NPM has published many articles about marriage and wedding liturgies, including a four-issue series of Pastoral Music magazine. You can view these issues - 03-1, 12-5, 16-2, and 20-4 - in the NPM digital publications archive.
The recording of "Resucito" was produced by OCP.
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