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Explain how the rituals and vows connected with Christian marriage ceremonies might influence the differing ways that couples approach marriage and divorce

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Explain how the rituals and vows connected with Christian marriage ceremonies might influence the differing ways that couples approach marriage and divorce In this coursework, I will explain the vows and rituals. I will write about the meaning of what is done and said in the rite and how this may influence the way a couple live out their daily married lives. Next I will mention the main Christian beliefs in marriage and about the Christian ideal of marriage as a covenant relationship and what this means for the couple. I compare Catholic or Anglican marriage ceremonies with those of the Eastern Orthodox. Next I will explain the help that can be given to those with marriage difficulties. Finally, I conclude with my own opinion. The rituals within Christian marriage ceremonies consist of prayers, vows and the giving and receiving of rings. The priest welcomes the bride and groom and he begins with a prayer asking God to help the couple have a happy and loving marriage and life together. He explains how marriage is a gift from God and a symbol of Christ's relationship with the Church. The congregation joins in with these prayers. The priest talks about the meaning of marriage and the couple are questioned to make sure they understand what they are about to undertake. ...read more.

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Married life is self-giving. The couples give themselves to one another and share their love. Some marriages fail because of their lack of commitment. The vows demonstrate the need for sacrifices during a marriage. "For richer for poorer, in sickness and in health." Marriage is exclusive and demands faithfulness to one person. Christians believe it is wrong to have sex with someone else after marriage - it is also breaking one of the 10 commandments: "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Exodus 20:14. Adultery leads to lack of trust and breaks the holiness of the marriage. This is shown in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Sex must only take place inside marriage". Marriage is a sacrament in the Catholic Church. It is seen as a lifelong commitment showing God's faithfulness and love. Marriage is a sign for everyone to see the love of God working between husband and wife. As a sacrament it cannot be dissolved. Most weddings are celebrated with the couple's family and friends. This is very significant because the bride and groom are making their vows and promises to each other, to their friends and to their families. It is a very public promise. Marriage involves a special kind of love, which is unselfish. This is the same as that between Christians and Jesus, which involves commitment and faithfulness. ...read more.

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They can also help with specific situations and teach them to understand their problems. Another service is the CMAC. This is the Catholic Marriage Advisory Council, and like Relate, it aims to help both married couples and those who live together. It also runs marriage preparation courses and helps with both sex education and natural family planning methods. The Christian Churches have a commitment to show love, care and concern for all people. I have written and explained all the necessary points. My own, personal conclusion to this coursework is that every person who is about to marry or is married needs to be completely committed to their partner. If they are not, the marriage will run into difficulties. The most important factors of a marriage are unselfish love, forgiveness, generosity, faithfulness and acceptance of each other. I also think there should be more preparation and education of young people towards marriage, to show them what a serious commitment it is. Being married to someone is like being married to God - everything you do or say to your partner you are doing to God. Marriage is meant to be permanent, life giving and exclusive. Then the man said, At last, here is one of my own kind - bone taken from bone, and flesh from my flesh...That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one. Genesis 2:23,24 ...read more.

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