Matrimony

Matrimony

God disposed man and woman for each other so that they might be “no longer two but one” (Mt 19:6). In this way they are to live in love, be fruitful, and thus become a sign of God himself, who is nothing but overflowing love. The sacrament of matrimony comes about through a 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 himself forms the bond of sacramental marriage, it is binding until the death of one of the partners(YOUCAT 260-261).

As a rule, a wedding must take place publicly. The bride and bridegroom are questioned as to their intention to marry. The priest or the deacon blesses their rings. The bride and bridegroom exchange rings and mutually promise “to be true in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health” and vow to each other: “I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.” The celebrating cleric then ratifies the wedding and administers the nuptial blessing (YOUCAT 266).

To be wedded in the Catholic Church, the priest or deacon must be approached at least six months before the intended date, for an interview. It must be established that there are no impediments to getting married for both parties. As this this a life changing call from God, a period of preparation is necessary, with a Catholic marriage course being undertaken before the sacrament, to help the couple prepare for their lifelong commitment of love (a list of possible options in the Cape Town Archdiocese are available via the link below). The nuptial Mass or service is normally celebrated in one of our churches

https://adct.org.za/marriage-training-courses/