I have a bible study group and we are talking about how the sacraments of matrimony and holy orders are similar enough to both be included under the Sacraments of Service/Mission.
How are they similar?
The only thoughts I have are that they are both directed towards the salvation of others. If they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God.
Priests are consecrated in Christ’s name in the service of others, and a couple is brought together to spread the faith to their children selflessly. Both sacraments are in the aid of others.
What do you think? I’d like to bring more to the table than just this!