Catholics believe that marriage is God’s gift of a partner for life. God gives you to one another to help you fulfill your mission on earth – “to learn how to love.” Your love is a special and unique sharing in the mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection. As a marrying couple, you publicly proclaim by your vows before God and the faith community that you intend your life together to reflect the self-giving love that Jesus has for his people, the Church.
Due to this belief, marriage in the Catholic tradition is identified as a sacrament. In other words, marriage is a living sign of our loving God’s faithful activity in the world. This means that marriage as a sacrament begins on your wedding day and Christian marriage embodies the lifelong relationship of husband and wife and your commitment to grow more and more in love as time goes on. Marriage for Catholic Christians, then, is not only something you receive; it is something you become.
Christian marriage is a commitment to your spouse from within the community of faith, the Church. When two people marry in the Church, it is more than celebrating a ceremony in a particular kind of building. It is also more than a ritual only between the two partners, marriage is a sacred moment for the community as well.
Visit our Marriage Prepapration page and the Your Wedding page to begin your wedding planning. For additional resources, visit For Your Marriage.