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What is Marriage?

Two Become One

Ss Peter and Paul or in a different church, there will be much to do over the next year to prepare and with proper planning and the right prioritizing, you will celebrate not only a great ceremony but a wonderful life together.

Marriage as A Sacrament:

Sacraments are outward signs instituted by Christ to give grace. The Church believes that one of the strongest images we have to exemplify how God loves, cares and deals with us is in the sacrament of marriage. We believe that in this sacrament a man and a woman become one in body, mind and spirit in a union that is permanent, exclusive and open to life. Sacraments are very special moments in the life of every Catholic and in the life of the whole church as well. In the Catholic Church, it is not the blessing of the priest or deacon that makes the sacrament become a reality, rather it is the giving and receiving of the Consent of the couple. The celebration of the sacraments is never a private ceremony but rather moments in time where the entire faith community celebrates with the couple.

A Prayer for Couples
Preparing for Marriage

Please make our relationship a great and holy adventure 

May our joining be a sacred space 

May the two of us find rest here, a haven for our souls 

Remove from us any temptation to judge one another or to direct one another 

We surrender to You our conflicts and our burdens 

We know You are our Answer and our rock 

Help us not forget 

Bring us together in heart and mind as well as body 

Remove from us the temptation to criticize or be cruel 

May we not be tempted by fantasies and projections 

But guide us in the way of holiness 

Save us from darkness 

May this relationship be a burst of light 

May it be a fountain of love and wisdom for us, for our family, for our community, for our world 

May this bond be a channel for Your love and healing, a vehicle of Your grace and power 

As lessons come and challenges grow, let us not be tempted to forsake each other 

Let us always remember that in each other we have the most beautiful woman, the most beautiful man 

The strongest one 

The sacred one in whose arms we are repaired 

May we remain young in this relationship 

May we grow wise in this relationship 

Bring us what You desire for us 

And show us how You would have us be 

Thank you, dear God 

You who are the cement between us 

Thank You for this love. Amen.

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