Marriage is that sacrament in the church where two people witness to the power of love in the world which gives us some insight into the power of God’s love for each of us. Love is that gift which makes demands on us all. It makes enormous demands on those who are married as they are called to do all in their power to understand the contract they are entering before the day of the wedding and exchange their vows as those words, I do, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health all the says of our life are spoken.
All couples must give at least 3 months notice of their marriage; 6 months notice if either partner is less than 18 years of age.
Couples should plan to do their pre-marriage course well in advance of the wedding. Booking forms from priest’s house.
It is advised that couples who wish to get married gives at least three months notice to both the church and the civil authorities. For further information consult: www.gettingmarried.ie.
Marriage was instituted as a sacrament by Christ himself, consecrated by his presence at the marriage feast at Cana , St Paul states in his Epistle to the Ephesians. There he tells us that the union of man and wife, found in any true marriage, assumes an entirely new signifiance for those who have been baptised in Christ, Christian marriage is the loving expression and realisation for the mystical union between Christ himself and the Church in which he founded. Therefore the Church requires any man and woman deciding to enter into this union must undergo a marriage course to realise this holy commitment.