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Outline the structure of the Rite of Marriage or Holy Orders, commenting on the key features of the Rite. What do we learn from this of the Church's understanding of the vocation of marriage or orders?

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Q5. Outline the structure of the Rite of Marriage or Holy Orders, commenting on the key features of the Rite. What do we learn from this of the Church's understanding of the vocation of marriage or orders? The Rite of Christian Marriage I. Introductory Rite and Liturgy of the Word. The priest may greet the Bride and Bridegroom at the church door or before the altar, and address them with words suited to the occasion and of Christian joy. It is a courteous and human way of introducing their relatives and friends and of creating an atmosphere of understanding and spirituality. The liturgy of the word then follows. The booklet gives a wide choice of readings, to be used according to the training and culture or general standards of the spouses and other participants. With the aid of these a parish priest in a very big parish, who must often perform the rite, need not always repeat the same texts. Normally there will be two readings. The First Reading may be from the Old Testament or a non-Gospel one from the New Testament. After the Gospel the priest gives the sermon in which he illustrates the mystery of Christian Marriage, the dignity of conjugal love, the grace of the sacrament and the duties and responsibilities of those who married. II. Rite of Marriage A. ...read more.

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In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". The rings are lovingly exchanged by the couple as the bride does the same for the bridegroom repeating the same formula. The ring is a symbol for eternal love. III. Liturgy of the Eucharist. The marriage mass continues pretty much as usual with a few minor changes. A. After the Lord's Prayer, the priest faces the couple and gives a beautiful nuptial blessing. He chooses an opening paragraph which corresponds to the reading. The priest praises God for his divine plan of creation in his image and likeness, for the beauty of marital love and marriage which symbolizes Christ's love for his church. Priest: "Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church". Then he prays specifically for the couple that they might love and cherish each other for life. B. Before blessing the people, the Priest blesses the Bride and Bridegroom, in such a form as the following: Priest: "God the eternal Father keep you in love for each other, so that the peace of Christ may stay with you and be always in your home". All: "Amen". Priest: "May (your children bless you,) your friends console you and all men live in peace with you. ...read more.

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steadfast and willing to cooperate with the love of the Creator and Saviour, who through them will constantly enlarge and enrich their own family. The Church thus advocates that Christian marriage has two purposes: the mutual sharing and growth in grace and love between husband and wife and the procreation of children. A marriage is established by the marriage covenant, the irrevocable consent that the spouses freely give to and receive from each other. This unique union of a man and woman and the good of the children impose total fidelity on each of them and the unbreakable unity of their bond. To make the indissoluble marriage covenant a clearer sign of this full meaning and a surer help in its fulfilment, Christ the Lord raised it to the dignity of a sacrament, modelled on his own nuptial bond with the Church. The Church therefore stresses that Christian couples are to strive to nourish and develop their marriage by undivided affection, which wells up from the foundation of divine love: in a merging of the human and the divine, they remain faithful in body and in mind, in good time and in bad. Marriage as covenant - an open ended, 100 per cent commitment to love and be faithful to the other partner - is a rich biblical way to image Christian marriage. Seen this way, marriage is in miniature a symbol of God's love in Jesus Christ for his people, the church. ...read more.

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