The vocation of marriage is a calling to the state of holy matrimony. It is the sacrament by which a baptized man and woman establish between themselves a lifelong partnership for their mutual good and for the procreation and education of children.
The man and woman, freely, legally, and in faith, surrender themselves to each other and to Christ. It is a permanent union, bonded by the power and grace of Christ.
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. - Genesis 2:24
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. - Matthew 19:5-6
God gave us this special person to be our spouse, to vow until death do us part. We will promise to share our lifetime experiences together. Our sacramental life begins and continues throughout our lifelong partnership.Matrimony is not something we receive; it is rather, something that we become, i.e. a sign of God's love. Nothing can show the relationship of God to His people better than the married couples who are themselves transformed by God's love.
There are 3 necessary conditions to be fulfilled in order to enter into Christian marriage:
1. Must decide freely
2. Must commit to lifelong fidelity
3. Must be open to the possibilities of children
Finally, here's something symbolical about the exchange of rings. The exchange of rings symbolizes complete faith, hope and love to one another, without beginning and ending.
Looking forward to this lifelong partnership, commitment, fidelity, and faithfulness. I believe it's gonna be nerve-wrecking and challenging, but fun and exciting at the same time! :P
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