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Sacrament of Matrimony

St. Paul said: "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church.... This is a great mystery, and I mean in reference to Christ and the Church" (Eph 5:25, 32).

The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament (cf CIC, can. 1055 # 1; cf. GS 48 # 1).

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 January 2011 23:10

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Christ instituted the sacrament of Matrimony when He attended the wedding feast of Cana and through his preaching when He taught that the union of a man and woman in marriage should be permanent until death.

  1. Unlike any of the other sacraments, marriage was established by God in his creation of man.
  2. Christ raised the institution of marriage to a sacrament, the sacrament of Matrimony.

The sacrament of Matrimony establishes as indissoluble bond between a man and a woman.

  1. In the bond of Matrimony, husbands and wives give themselves totally and selflessly to one another for life; they are to love one another as Christ loves the Church.
  2. The bond of Matrimony is permanent, faithful and open to human life.
    1. The permanence of marriage, mirroring the permanence of Christ's love, excludes divorce in the sense that divorce ends a marriage.
    2. Those validly married couples who are living apart (and who are even divorce legally) remain married.
    3. There can be no second marriage for a validly married person while the first spouse is living.
    4. The fidelity of marriage, imitating the faithful love of God for His people, excludes polygamy and adultery.
    5. The openness to life, which also imitates God's eternally fruitful love, excludes any form of contraception. (Natural Family Planning is not contraception

Any couple, one man and one woman, who are baptized and are free to marry may receive this sacrament. This means that the man and woman wishing to marry each other: Must meet the age requirements and any other requirements established by civil and church law; can not have already entered into a valid marriage to someone else (annulments declare that marriages were invalid); must not be under any force or constraint to consent to marriage.

A man and woman wishing to marry should prepare themselves to receive the sacrament through prayer, leading a Christian life (excludes living together before marriage) and through the celebration of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist.

A man and woman wishing to marry need to present themselves to a bishop, priest or deacon who will help them prepare for their celebration of the sacrament. The sacrament of Matrimony is usually celebrated within Mass.

The man and the woman entering marriage confer the sacrament on one another. A bishop, priest or deacon receives the consent of the bride and groom, and acts as the representative of the Church.

Where civil laws require witnesses to a marriage, they are required by the Church.

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies and makes present the union of Christ and the Church.

Material reproduced from "Outlines of the Catholic Faith", The Leaflet Missal Company, 1999

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 January 2011 23:03
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