+Falling in love and considering marriage is a marvelous rite of passage for any couple . . .and may our Wonderful God guide this couple every step of the way in their discernment of His Holy Will for their lives . . . however . . . Catholics . . . really need to go to a priest for counsel regarding discerning the blessed calling and the entering into the wonderful, holy blessed vocation of marriage. If there is some reason for desiring a quiet private ceremony . . . such as personal choice, economic need, parental interference, etc. . . . the priest can handle the situation with discretion and give counsel accordingly.
Holy marriage between Christian validly baptized persons . . . while a wonderfully blest state . . . is also a very deep, serious and profoundly life changing matter . . . for anyone considering same . . . especially if one is a Catholic Christian or a non-Catholic Christian. This subject is dealt with in the below quotes from the Catechism . . . and there are some very specific rules laid out in Catholic Canon Law regarding a valid marriage for a Catholic. A priest really should always be carefully consulted whenever possible regarding same before attempting to enter into such a covenant before the Lord . . . for a valid marriage between baptized Christians is far more than just a legal contract . . . it is a covenant by the bride and groom together . . . with and before God . . . which cannot be broken once validly entered into . . .
The Catechism of the Catholic Church**[/size]**
THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by **Christ the Lord **to the dignity of a sacrament."84 …
II. The Celebration of Marriage
In the Latin Rite the celebration of marriage between two Catholic faithful normally takes place during Holy Mass, because of the connection of all the sacraments with the Paschal mystery of Christ.120 In the Eucharist the memorial of the New Covenant is realized, the New Covenant in which Christ has united himself for ever to the Church, his beloved bride for whom he gave himself up.121 It is therefore fitting that the spouses should seal their consent to give themselves to each other through the offering of their own lives by uniting it to the offering of **Christ **for his Church made present in the Eucharistic sacrifice, and by receiving the Eucharist so that, communicating in the same Body and the same Blood of Christ, they may form but “one body” in Christ.122
"Inasmuch as it is a sacramental action of sanctification, the liturgical celebration of marriage . . . must be, per se, valid, worthy, and fruitful."123 It is therefore appropriate for the bride and groom to prepare themselves for the celebration of their marriage by receiving the sacrament of penance.
According to the Latin tradition, the spouses as ministers of Christ’s grace mutually confer upon each other the sacrament of Matrimony by expressing their consent before the Church. In the traditions of the Eastern Churches, the priests (bishops or presbyters) are witnesses to the mutual consent given by the spouses,124 but for the validity of the sacrament their blessing is also necessary.125
The various liturgies abound in pray:gopray2:ers of blessing and epiclesis asking God’s grace and blessing on the new couple, especially the bride. In the epiclesis of this sacrament the spouses receive the **Holy Spirit as the communion of love ** of Christ and the Church.126 The Holy Spirit is the seal of their covenant.[/INDENT]__________________________________
[INDENT][INDENT]:bible1: Matthew 19:6
Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
:bible1: Mark 10:9
What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.[/INDENT][/INDENT]
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. . . thank You Blessed Lord God our Saviour+
. . . thank You Blessed Virgin Mary+
. . . thank you Holy Mother Church+
. . . praise God from Whom all blessings flow+