Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Sacrament of Matrimony

Most people are called to the married life rather than to the religious life or to life as a single person. Through the Sacrament of Matrimony, God gives special graces to help married couples with life's difficulties, especially to help them raise their children as loving followers of Christ.

Marriage always involves three parties: the bride, the groom, and God. When two Christians receive the Sacrament of Matrimony, God is with them, witnessing and blessing their marriage covenant. For Catholics, God does this through the priest or deacon who presides at the wedding as the Church's witness.

A consummated sacramental marriage is permanent; only death can break it (Mark 10:1-12, Romans 7:2-3, 1 Corinthians 7:10-11). This holy union is a living symbol of the unbreakable relationship between Christ and his Church (Ephesians 5:21-33).

At Church of the Presentation, couples planning to marry are required to make arrangements with the Priest at least six months prior to the wedding date. Contact the Parish Secretary on +234 8139059643.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MARRIAGE
•Six months notice to the priest before wedding
•Original copies of Baptism Cards
•Complete Marriage form and return to the priest
•Compulsory marriage course, which must be completed before the wedding
•Mandatory choir fee. Contact the Parish Office
•One Passport Photograph each from couple.
•Sponsors must be married in the Church and must be practicing Catholics and active in their parish
•License from registry
•Completed marriage forms must be submitted to the priest
•Couple must have sessions with the priest
•Marriage banns must be sent out and replies received at least one month before wedding.
•Date and time for the wedding must be agreed with the priest
•On the wedding day, the mass starts at the time. The priest will not wait for the couple
•Couple, bridesmaids, groomsmen, must be decently dressed on the wedding day
•The priest in Charge must be informed at least two weeks to the wedding if any other priest(s) are being invited to take part in the wedding celebration for his approval
•Compulsory medical test for couple
•For mixed marriage, the bride and groom must sign dispensation form before marriage

*This text was taken from "Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth" by Catholic Answers.