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Christian Marriage. Marriage is a channel in which two people are challenged to live out the expression of the church by the two baptized coming together to create a family unit through procreation.

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The Rite of Holy Matrimony is the union of a man and a woman in a life-long faithful relationship. Christianity as a community believes that marriage is a vocation from God to be united where the two become 'one flesh' and experience God's unconditional love. Parallels can be drawn between the union of a man and a woman to that of the love between Jesus and his church. Ephesians 5:25. This highlights the significance of the marriage ceremony for both the individual and the community of believers. Marriage is a channel in which two people are challenged to live out the expression of the church by the two baptized coming together to create a family unit through procreation. 'Be fruitful and multiply, fill the Earth and master it'. Genesis 1:28. From this, the continuation of Christianity by their offspring for the good of society at large and the two are able to experience the joys of parenthood. 'From the beginning of Creation, God made male and female. ...read more.

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The simplicity of the ring in colour shows that the marriage is pure in the sense of no sexual relations before marriage and the new life the two will live out as 'one body'. The circular shape is reminiscent of the everlasting nature of the marriage 'till death do us part' and it acts as a permanent visible reminder of their love and affection for each other as it reinforces the loving bonds of attraction. Other symbols present are the veiling for the purity traditionally, a white colour, the candles for 'gladness, honour, and light' and in Orthodoxy, the crowns for them being treated as royalty for the day. The Wedding At Cana is a very important symbol of the marriage as depicted through the CCC saying 'this is reminiscent of Jesus' first miracle and therefore at any marriage, there is the presence of Jesus.' The congregation too acts as a symbol as they are the ones who give the sacrament to the couple; hence the necessity for them because the priest just solemnizes the wedding. ...read more.

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Catholicism and Orthodoxy follow sacramentary action where Anglicans however utilize the Book of Common Prayer. Within the Marriage Ceremony, the Bible makes use of the Bible with readings from Song of Songs, Psalms, the Old Testament and the Gospel for the expression of God's love. This is significant for the individual as their marriage is able to be in the presence of God with the Word of God while the community is able to benefit from being able to reemerge into Christian faith through the Word of God, bringing relevance to their life and strengthening their faith in the marriage or general life. 'Love is patient and kind, not jealous and conceited' Corinthians. In conclusion, Christian Marriage is of paramount significance for both the individual and community depicted through reasons for marriage, covenant, symbols, procreation, presence of the Eucharist and the Word of God, hence parallels can be drawn between the union of a man and a woman and that of Jesus and his church. 'Cloth yourself in love.' Letters of St Paul. This spiritually underpins the significance the marriage ceremony has for the individual and adherent. ...read more.

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