Sacraments





St. Patrick’s Comprehensive
First off, I will start with the basics. The dictionary definition of a sacrament is:


A rite that is considered to have been established by Jesus Christ to bring grace to those participating in or receiving it.


There are several passages in the bible that give basis for the definition of marriage, here are two;



Mark 10: 6:29 ‘… From the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. There are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.’





This passage means that if God has united two people in his name, then man must not take it upon himself to break this Holy bond.


Ephesians 5:21-25 ‘ Give way to one another in obedience to Christ. Wives should regard their husbands as they regard the lord…. Husbands should love their wives just as Christ loved the church….’





This makes the statement that two people should love each other as they love God


The preface of the wedding mass is “The love of a man and woman is made holy in the sacrament of marriage, and becomes the mirror of your everlasting love.’


The Catholic attitude toward marriage is that marriage is a holy bond between a man and woman and is God’s intended pattern for family life, the Catholic church does not condone polygamy or bigamy and believes a marriage should be a monogamous partnership, an for this reason, unless you have a sufficient reason to sway the priest, you are only allowed to be married once, if you can prove that your spouse has committed any acts that the church would seem adequate enough to revoke a marriage, e.g. your spouse does not want children, then you can have your marriage annulled. The Old Testament of the Bible describes the practice of polygamy among the ancient Hebrews. The early Christians outlawed polygamy, which had existed among the pre-Christian tribes of Europe as well as among Hebrews, this was because they believe marriage should be for two people only. Roman Catholic ceremonies involve a nuptial mass, during which many scriptural texts concerning marriage, b are read. The presence of a priest and at least two witnesses is essential, as is the expression of consent by the bride and groom. The bride and groom are greeted by the priest before the mass starts. It is a sign that the whole congregation and parish want them to know that they share in the joy. At the sermon, the priest will talk about the dignity of married love and how this will help the couple to grow closer to each other and to god. He will also talk about the responsibilities of marriage. This includes being together until death. So a Christian would stay with his/her partner if he/she wanted to fulfil the sacrament. The priest will ask the couple three questions





1. “ Have you come to give yourself to each other, freely and without reservation?”


2. “Will you love and honour each other for life*?”


3. “Will you accept children lovingly from God?”


*Yet another use of the word life, emphasising the bond that two people should cherish and obey.


The following is the actual vows people make when getting married, although they can be worded differently;


‘ I (Name of Bride/Groom) take thee (Name of Bride/Groom) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.’


Rings are used as a symbol of bonding and unity, this shows the relationship is accepted by both parties. This relationship is life long.. Marriage is life giving because love is life giving. If love is expressed sexually, new life may be created. The Church is against artificial means of contraception, they believe that God is giving them a blessing in the form of a child and that they should receive it lovingly, not try to prevent it. As I have mentioned before marriages don’t always work out. The Divorce Law Reform Act of 1969 which can be used for any reason to terminate a