Celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage at Notre Dame
“I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named…” (Eph. 3:15).
As a vocation, God calls some persons to marriage; others he does not. This call is not to be taken lightly; we understand the significance of a couple’s relationship to each other. It is important for all of us to see also the importance of the couple’s relationship with God, the Church, and the sacrament of Marriage.
In the sacrament of Marriage, a man and a woman are united so that they become one flesh, just as God became one flesh with humanity in the incarnation of Jesus Christ and the bread becomes one flesh with the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. Marriage is a lifelong commitment of love and honor. Although marriage is not the only way in which people love one another, it is undoubtedly the ultimate example of human love. In this way the sacrament of marriage is eschatological, that is, it points us to heaven and receives from heaven the free, faithful, and fruitful love of God in Jesus Christ. One’s wedding is an act of public worship, of the church’s prayer, and an invocation of God’s blessings on the couple. Therefore it is celebrated in a Catholic church in the presence of an official church witness, a priest or deacon. Once married, the couple’s home is transformed into a domestic church, for the church is whole and entire in a family built on the foundation of the sacrament of Marriage.
The sacrament of Marriage takes place during a celebration of the Eucharistic liturgy or a Liturgy of the Word, during which the couple exchanges their promises to Christ and their vows to one another.
Marriage is part of the sacramental life that makes it possible for Christians to achieve eternal salvation; this sacrament graces the partners as they work to live in faithfulness to God. The love of husband and wife for each other reflects the enduring love between Christ and his church, and provides them with a example of the heavenly love that awaits them.
For more information contact Father Ed or Father John Therese at 303.935.3900, or Deacon Kevin Leiner at 303.742.2344 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.