The Diocese of Des Moines

Worship Resources

Check out the links to the left for liturgy and music resources. Also, please visit the Worship Office homepage for more information and resources.


The Order of Celebrating Matrimony: Second Edition

On February 2, 2016, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB, issued a Decree of Publication for the English translation of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony.  He wrote that the ritual text “may be published and used in the Liturgy as of September 8, 2016, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and its use is mandatory as of December 30, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.  From that day forward, no other English edition of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony may be used in the dioceses of the United States.”  The Spanish language edition of this rite, Ritual de Matrimonio, had already been published by the USCCB in 2010.


Click here for Liturgical Guidelines and Suggestions for Celebrating the Order of Matrimony in the Diocese of Des Moines.


Other Resources

Unity Candle Meal Prayer

The Order of Celebrating Matrimony Ritual Book order form