A Sign of Christ’s Love for His Church
… you have come together in this Church so that the Lord may seal and strengthen your love in the presence of the Church’s minister and this community.
Deciding to get married is a great decision for both of you and for your families and friends. The Church wants to rejoice with you in your commitment to each other. This decision is the most important one of your life, as you resolve to give yourself to each other for always. This is not something you have decided lightly and it is right that we should all celebrate this decision of yours.
By choosing to get married in Church, you are saying some very clear things about how you understand marriage. By Baptism you have become part of Christ’s people, in marriage. Christ blesses your commitment and strengthens you by a special sacrament so that you can undertake the privileges and responsibilities of marriage.
The Catholic Church sees Christian marriage as exclusive, for always and as a normal place for raising a family. These are very important matters to undertake, that is why we want to support and encourage you in this great undertaking and that is why prayer should always be part of this decision.