"So [also] husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. 'For this reason a man shall leave [his] father and [his] mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.' This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband. " (Eph 5:28-32)
Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with "the wedding feast of the Lamb" (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church. Man and woman were created for each other.
By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ's spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, "Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church."
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.
The icon of the Trinity on earth is marriage between a man and a woman. This vocation of love mirrors the love between the Father and the Son, who is the Holy Spirit! God designed this union between Adam and Eve, a design that replicates itself whose purpose is to populate the earth! Jesus also calls himself the bridegroom and the church as his bride, and their union in heaven as the marriage supper of the lamb! God loves weddings…He performed his first public miracle while a guest at one.
Preparing for Marriage
We're glad that you're preparing for your marriage at St. Anne! Our parish has made a commitment to support you in your preparation for marriage by providing a program that's designed to guide you as a couple in enriching and strengthening your relationship with God and with one another. Participating responsibly in the process of marriage preparation is an indication of your understanding of the commitment you're making and of the serious undertaking of the covenant of marriage. Please call the office to make an appointment to begin your preparations for your upcoming wedding.
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