Marriage as Sacrament

The essential element of the Sacrament of Marriage is the baptized man's and woman's mutual and irrevocable consent to be united as married partners for life in a way which fosters their welfare as individuals and their union as a couple, and is open to giving life to and nurturing children.

To enter such a relationship permanently, one must be free to do so -- psychologically, emotionally, and physically. Mutual consent is at the heart of marriage itself and of marriage as a sacrament. Both individuals must know themselves and each other well enough to make an exclusive commitment that they can joy and in sorrow, in good times and in bad, until death.

-p. 3 (from "Loving: A Catholic Perspective on Vocational Lifestyle Choices" by Michelle McCarthy)

Matrimony as a sacrament is an act and celebration 
of Christian faith. Since the faith of the individuals 
being celebrated is the faith of the Church, 
a participation in Christ's faith in God, his loving Father, 
one must remember that this sacrament is a Church celebration 
and not a private event. As such, 
it is a celebration for the entire believing community.
- p. 3 (from "Marriage, Ritual and Pastoral Notes",
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)


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