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Explain the Roman Catholic view of Marriage showing how the various words and symbols of the Sacrament of Marriage support this view.

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A01: Explain the Roman Catholic view of Marriage showing how the various words and symbols of the Sacrament of Marriage support this view. People decide to get married to each other for many different reasons, but many of them evolve around love and that they want to spend the rest of their lives together forever. Marriage is one of seven sacraments available for a Catholic to take. These sacraments show a person commitment and love to the Church and to God, it shows that they are a 'Whole' Catholic, if you know what I mean. Most of these sacraments take place during a mass, whilst celebrating God. The Marriage ceremony can be divided into different areas, to be specific there are eight main areas and these are: The greeting The Sermon (Homily) The Marriage Ceremony The Marriage Vows Acceptance of Consent and the Blessing Exchanging of the Rings The Marriage Nuptial (Blessing) The signing of the Marriage Blessing Before the Mass has even begun the priest welcomes the bride and bridegroom and wishes them the best of luck. The Priest says this on behalf of the congregation, this symbolises that the congregation are with the bride and bridegroom and letting them know that they are there to share the joy of the happy occasion. ...read more.

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We can find many references referring to the topic of the fidelity of marriage; this is one very useful quote: The part of the quote which is in italics I think is the most important part because it tells us that marriage is for life and not something to be rushed into. 3. "Will you accept children lovingly from God?" This question refers to sexual intercourse in a marriage and that it is an exclusive expression of love between man and wife. It asking "are you going to reserve intercourse for the most sacred things and not use contraceptives or have abortions." These questions prove that the couple know the responsibilities of marriage and they are free to undertake them. The next part of the mass is where the actual marriage vows are taken between the couple. What most people seem to forget is that it is not the Priest that marries them, he and the congregation are only witnesses before God. It is the consent between the two that makes the Sacrament of Marriage take place. The vows are one of the most important parts of the ceremony; it is where the couple pledge themselves to each other. ...read more.

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Marriage evolves around faithfulness, there for all to see. The next is anther key moment in the Marriage Mass; this is the signing of the Marriage register. This though is a civil requirement not one needed by the Church. The couple must both sign it along with the registrar and there must be at least two witnesses present to also sign it. After this a marriage certificate will be issued confirming that the couple are now officially and legally married. There are other symbols that are associated with the wedding. Brides traditionally wear a white dress with a veil. In the old days the whiteness of the dress would symbolise the virginity of the bride that she has reserved the greatest gift for her husband. However in modern times this tradition has been forgotten about but there are some who do follow this ancient tradition. To some up all of the points above here are four brief bullet points: Marriage is a sign of God's love and the couple love and serve God as they love each other. Marriage is a lifelong relationship ending only in death. Marriage is special; it is unique, exclusive and permanent. Marriage has the possibility of life giving and has the opportunity of children and needs a lot of hard work with parenthood. James Mitchell Page 1 5/8/2007 ...read more.

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