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Explain how the Catholic Service of Marriage, the teachings of Jesus and St Paul might influence a couple in their married life.

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Explain how the Catholic Service of Marriage, the teachings of Jesus and St Paul might influence a couple in their married life. Many people might say that the teachings of religious figures, such as Jesus and St Paul, are out dated and are not relevant in modern-day life. However, one area of life that can be seriously influenced by the teachings from the Bible is marriage. In his teachings to the Corinthians, St Paul underlined the values, which Jesus taught. These values can guide a couple along the right path throughout married life. One of the teachings of St Paul is "Love is eternal". This reminds the couple that although the actual marriage is not everlasting, only life-long, the gift of love is. ...read more.

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Another thing, which can influence a couple in their married life, is the actual service of marriage. During the Catholic Service of Marriage a couple express their love for each other in the presence of God and their friends and family. One of the ways of doing this is through the vows. This is a point during the ceremony when the couple verbally expresses the depth of their love for each other. The vows represent the permanence of marriage, that it is a life-long bond. The words "till death do us part" are a very important part of the vows. Another valid phrase spoken during this portion of the ceremony is "in sickness and in health". ...read more.

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Another portion of the marriage service, which can help influence, a married couple is the exchanging of the rings. This act symbolises the exclusive relationship the couple has and will have for the rest of their lives. A wedding ring is a symbolic item of jewellery that is worn for the entire portion of a married person's life. This is a reminder of the vows made to each other and the life long bond they share. Although rings are quite simple objects they have a very blatant yet subtle symbolism about them. Merely the shape of the jewellery, circular, shows the everlasting love the two people share. As long as the couple wear their wedding bands they are constantly reminded of the life-long, life-giving bond they are joined in. Jessica Logan Coursework ...read more.

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