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Give religious reasons why Roman Catholics marry. Refer to Religious teachings and The marriage service in your answer.

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Give religious reasons why Roman Catholics marry. Refer to Religious teachings and The marriage service in your answer. In my essay, I intend to discuss why Roman Catholics marry, and I will refer to religious teachings and the marriage service in my answer. Marriage can be described as many things - a legal contract; a holy deed; a symbol of love. Indeed none of these are wrong, because marriage is a combination of the three. Catholic Christianity Today describes marriage on page 89 as "condition of man and woman legally united for purpose of living together and, usually, creating lawful offspring." ...read more.

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The marriage vows ask the couple to state their intentions clearly. They are asked: "Are you ready to love and honour each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives? Are you ready to accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?" The vows are promises, and by simply saying "I do" you are agreeing legally to the vows. The marriage service consists not only of exchanging vows, but rings also, to symbolise the unending nature of marriage. Apart from these, biblical passages and prayers are read before and after communion. ...read more.

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that from marriage should arise a lifelong bond, spiritually, physically and mentally, and that in Catholic marriage this bond is "consecrated for the duties and the dignity of their state by a special sacrament." This exclusive bond should be accentuated by the spouses' love for one another, and strengthened by procreation. "Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it." (Ephesians 5:25). This biblical reference shows how the Church teaches about marriage, about how important it is to love and respect one another. "This is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body," (Genesis 2:24). Frances Duffy Frances Duffy RE coursework Part I ...read more.

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