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. God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other. “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him. . . . The two of them become one body” (Gn 2:18; 24).
Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond. Jesus brought to full awareness the divine plan for marriage. In John’s Gospel, Christ’s first miracle occurs at the wedding in Cana. “The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” (CCC, no. 1613). 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.
You’re Engaged; Congratulations…
What a joyful and exciting time in the life of a couple, preparing to say “Yes” to each other forever before God in marriage. During your time of dating, you probably had many heart to heart conversations about many things. Now that you’ve taken a definitive step toward becoming husband and wife in the sacrament of marriage, it’s important to revisit, or maybe visit for the first time, topics that will impact your lives together.
- Please visit this US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s website full of wonderful resources for engaged couples: www.foryourmarriage.org.
- Please read this short, two-page handout. It can help Catholics who are preparing for the sacrament of Marriage reflect on our Catholic call to mission in the world: Marriage: United in Love, Strengthened for Service (Also available en Español)
- For information of Natural Family Planning including classes, please visit these resources:
- USCCB: www.foryourmarriage.org/parenting-family/family-planning/
- Couple to Couple League Classes: https://ccli.org/
For Wedding information at Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church, please download the document below and call the Parish office at (256) 353-2667 (We are currently updating this document):
IMPORTANT NOTICE: BEFORE BOOKING YOUR RECEPTION OR CALLING TO BOOK YOUR WEDDING DATE, PLEASE CONTACT ONE OF OUR PARISH PRIESTS OR DEACONS ATLEAST SIX MONTHS BEFORE YOU HOPE TO MARRY!