Catholic Marriage, Husband and Wife till death do us part!

Catholic Marriage is the only Sacrament that cannot be administered by a Priest. This is because in this Ceremonial it's the man and woman to be married that administer this Sacrament to each other. 

In this ceremony the couple announces publicly their wish to be Husband and Wife.

The Priest blesses this union in the presence of the other members of the Church.

There are some conditions however 

For a marriage to be a Sacrament, some conditions must be met with:

Both the woman and man must be baptized; they must be able to marry and they must freely consent to the marriage. The latter means that they must be an unmarried woman and man, with no impediments.

Some impediments might be:

  • Antecedent and perpetual impotence.
  • Consanguinity to the fourth collateral line, including legal adoption to     
  • the second collateral line.
  • Prior bond.
  • Disparity of Cult. This means one party is not baptized.
  • Abduction.
  • Perpetual vows of chastity in a religious institute.

In Catholic Marriage we receive special Graces

Many of us would never think that the Sacrament of Matrimony would be a special way of receiving Sanctifying Graces.

This is so because all Sacraments bestow these Graces on us when receiving them. And it's very important for us to make good use of these Graces. Principally nowadays, that sexual relationship is constantly being put out of the original context the Word of God has meant it to be.

“ So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the Church.”- Ephesians 5: 28-29.

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony gives special graces according to the life circumstances of the married couple.

It's good to know that our dear God looks over all couples who have asked His Blessings in this Sacrament.

So we must not fear, but put all our trust in Our Lord Jesus Christ who has wanted us to obtain all the Sanctifying Graces in our life as husbands and wives, raising our children in the loving, Holy Domestic Church that our families must be!

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