Marriage is a Covenant

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenantal union in the image of the covenants between God and his people with Abraham and later with Moses at Mt. Sinai. This divine covenant can never be broken. In this way, marriage is a union that bonds spouses together during their entire lifetime.

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life.(CCC 1661)

The love in a married relationship is exemplified in the total gift of one’s self to another. It’s this self-giving and self-sacrificing love that we see in our other model of marriage, the relationship between Christ and the Church.

Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (CCC 1662)

Preparation for Matrimony, one of the Church’s sacraments of vocation, takes place under the direction of the pastor.  Prior to approval for a  wedding  at least one of the couple to be married must demonstrate active involvement in the life of the Church, a mature understanding of this sacrament of love, and a commitment to grow in faith.  Whether both of the parties are Catholic or only one is, central to preparation for the Sacrament of Matrimony is catechesis in how Christ is present in married love and how the Church understands the sacred and societal role of Christian family life.

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