[quote="VeritasLuxMea, post:17, topic:317654"]
Would someone be so inclined to clarify something for me?
I am wondering: why is it that the couple are the ministers of this particular sacrament, and not the Deacon or Priest? I mean, theologically, why is that? Priests and Deacons seem to be the ministers of all of the other sacraments, so I'm wondering why this particular sacrament is an exception.
I was thinking it had something to do with the importance of consent for this sacrament. But then, consent is also very important for confirmation as well and yet the confirmed are not the ministers of their own confirmation. So it doesn't sound like consent is the main reason.
Byzantine theology holds that the priest is the minister of the Sacrament, but of course, consent is still necessary. In the Byzantine wedding ceremony, the couple do not exchange vows. I've always struggled a bit with this seeming incompatibility between the two approaches, but I've just come to accept that, in both cases, the Sacrament occurs through the ministry of the Church.