For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.Ephesians 5:31-32
The ordinary minister for the Sacrament of Marriage is not a Priest or a Deacon, as is usually thought, but the couple themselves.
What is Marriage
Marriage is an intimate sharing of life and love. There are four words to describe marriage.
- Sacrament You do not receive the sacrament of matrimony. It is something you become. You are sacrament in the presence of God’s life and love to each other.
- Covenant Marriage is a special kind of relationship. Your relationship with each other is permanent and faithful, in good times and in bad times.
- Commitment You freely choose to take each other not just on your wedding day, but every day of your life together.
- Vocation God has called you and your spouse at this time of your lives to a mutual self-giving. Through this unselfish love, the world can see the love Christ has for His people enfleshed in your love for each other.
The Marriage Rite
The rite begins with a Priest or Deacon addressing the couple to be married. In this address, Marriage is described as a Sacrament of enrichment and strengthening and the duties of Marriage are to be assumed in mutual and lasting fidelity.
The self-gift of one to the other is then pledged in the declaration of consent by the Bride and the Groom and is given expression in the exchange of rings, in the name of the Trinity. The exchange of vows can take place either within a Mass or within a ceremony.
Your Wedding Day is More than Just the Reception
Planning your wedding day can seem like a daunting experience, involving a large number of people and a seemingly endless array of details. Often, in the midst of making plans for the wedding reception, the wedding liturgy itself can begin to feel like “just one more thing” to do.
In truth, your wedding ceremony is the central part of your big day. It is a sacred celebration meant to express your faith in God and your love for each other. It is, in fact, what makes you married – legally, publically, and in the eyes of the Church.
Marriage is a sacrament that takes time for preparation. We want couples to be well-prepared. Saint Patrick Catholic Church offers marriage preparation to help couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament; evaluate and deepen their readiness to live a married life, and gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.
Couples who are contemplating marriage at Saint Patrick Catholic Church should contact the Parish Center to meet with the Pastoral Assistant for Marriage Preparation six to nine months before your anticipated wedding date to begin sacramental marriage preparation.
We hope that as you learn about our faith community you will be inspired to offer us your prayers and maybe some of your time, talent, and treasure as time allows.
Planning Your Wedding Day
We are excited for you and hope you consider our sacred space for your upcoming wedding. We are here to help!
I am getting Married!