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The Sacrament of Matrimony
The Sacrament of Matrimony seals the love of a husband and wife into a bond of a covenant between the spouses themselves and God. By its nature then it is an unbreakable union brought about by an irrevocable consent which each partner freely bestows and accepts from the other. This mutual exchange of vows within the context of Rite of Celebration of Nuptials constitutes the administration of the Sacrament to each other.
“The Marriage covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; This covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament”. (Appendix A. Glossary, United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, 2006.Pg. 519)
This covenant relationship of its nature is freely established. Once the vows are voluntarily and mutually administered without any pressure, reservation, condition, fear or doubt, then the covenant is ratified and sealed by Jesus. From this point on, this exchange and administration of Marriage vows: Promise
To be true to one another
in good times and in bad
in sickness and in health
to love and honor each other all the days of their lives
- Marriage Covenant to become a sacrament.
- Demands of itself from each other (spouses) an intimate union and
- Imposes total fidelity (faithfulness) on each other.
- Becomes life giving chaste love of a husband to his wife, and that of a wife to her husband.
- The sacramental grace of Matrimony becomes available to nourish, to sanctify, and sustain this covenant of love. Jesus, the Spouse of the Church, his bride, will be with you. Walk with Him, as you hold on to each other, and He will never let you down!
The goal of this Sacrament is always the “good of the spouses” themselves and the “good of the children”. It is the “openness to have children and to beget a family of love, fidelity and forgiveness” which seeks a sense of permanence in marriage and an unbreakable oneness between them.
The Sacrament of Matrimony calls upon the spouses to realize what the ‘virtue of the Sacrament’ signifies, and share the mystery of unity and fruitful love which exists between Jesus Christ and his Church.
The sacrament of Matrimony is a Sacrament of Service of Communion
The sacrament of Service of Communion: “The term Communion refers to the Community of the Church. Holy Orders and Matrimony are the Sacraments at the Service of Communion (the community of the Church). This means they are primarily directed toward the salvation of others. If they benefit the personal salvation of the ordained or married person, it is through service to others that this happens. (Appendix A. Glossary, United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, 2006.Pg. 527)
More information: the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony:
A life of commitment: giving a gift of one self to one's spouse 'till death do us part'
Faithful Stewardship of a family
Por Tu Matrimonio: Matrimonios que inspiran
Celebrating your wedding or wedding Anniversaries or
at All Souls Church.