Down and Connor Diocese

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the Church, and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word … Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.”

Eph 5: 25 – 26, 28

Matrimony is the Sacrament which sanctifies the covenant of a Christian marriage, and gives a special grace to those who receive it worthily.

The sacrament of marriage comes about through the promise made by a man and a woman before God and the Church, which is accepted and confirmed by God and consummated by the bodily union of the couple. Because God forms the bond of sacramental marriage, it is binding until the death of one of the partners.

Marriages are under constant strain from problems and the divisive role played by the reality of sin. That is why forgiveness, reconciliation and prayer are essential in every marriage. It is important that we all pray for our own marriage and other marriages that need our prayers to sustain them and protect them from sin.

It is also important to realise that not everyone is called to marriage. Many people who live alone carry on the mission of the Church. Jesus shows them a special way; he invites them to remain unmarried “for the sake of the kingdom of heaven”. (Mt 19:12)

Marriages in our parish are arranged by giving the parish priest at least six months’ notice. Couples will also be strongly encouraged to participate in the ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service. Details for enlisting on this course can be obtained from the parish priest or by visiting the following website:

www.downandconnor.org/pastoral-services/accord-catholic-marriage-care-service/