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Sacraments > Matrimony

"So God created man in His own image,
in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them.
And God blessed them, and God said to them,
"Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it." 
Book of Genesis 1: 27-28

Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Book of Genesis 2:24

One can see from the Bible and the very biology of the human body that it is natural for a man and a woman to be together. God created woman because "it is not good for man to be alone" [Genesis 2:18]. From the beginning of time, as recorded in the Book of Genesis, God planned for man and woman to unite in love and harmony for continuity of his creation, the human race.

True love between a man and a woman leads to marriage. Marriage brings mutual comfort and a family. Children are the fruit and bond of a marriage. The family provides a framework for each family member to grow as a person in love and security. 

God is important to your love relationship! Love of God grows as you mature in life. We become grateful for all his gifts, such as the beauty of creation and our family. And we become especially grateful for his forgiveness when we fall. His gifts to us are so plentiful that it is only just that we love him. We begin to appreciate that "God is love!" (1 John 4:8). He is a wonderful example of love, because His love is unconditional. We find that if we live in harmony with God and nature, we are the happiest. Someone who loves God will strive to be good, honest, and faithful, and develop all the values necessary to sustain a love relationship through the years. Loving God means you are both trying to live His way and that you are being fair and true to each other.

Marriage Preparation

Marriage preparation is carried out in the parish as outlined in the "Guidelines for the Sacrament of Matrimony" of the Archdiocese. The priest has a key role in the preparation of a couple for marriage. He helps lay the foundation of a couple's happiness as well as providing preparation for the realities of married life, according to the law of the Church. Before any booking is finalised with any church or chapel, the priest who is going to celebrate the marriage must interview the couple personally.

It is a requirement that early notification of marriage be given to the priest. The Archdiocese needs a three-month notification of marriage. It is recommended however, that all paperwork and marriage preparation be completed well in advance of this.

The Catholic Marriage Education Service strongly recommend that you attend a Marriage Preparation before the wedding. They are held at the Cathedral Parish Centre. Details are available from the Parish Priest.

Priest will guide you through the selection of readings, prayers and blessings from the Rite of Marriage and also liturgical music for the occasion.

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