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Describe a catholic wedding ceremony and the ideals expressed within it.

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Describe a catholic wedding ceremony and the ideals expressed within it "The love of man and woman is made holy in the sacrament of marriage, and becomes the mirror of your everlasting love". This quote is from the preface of a catholic wedding ceremony. It simply describes what a marriage is about. Marriage is a solemn contract between a man and a woman who love each other. In the Roman Catholic religion, marriage is very important. This is because of the ideals it consists of. The ideals are sacrament, indissoluble, exclusive and life giving. Sacrament means that it is one of the seven signs by which the love of god is celebrated and shared with others. Indissoluble means that it is a life long commitment and cannot be broken. This is one of the ideals which the catholic church feel strongly about because it follows the teachings of Christ and the bible in which it clearly states that divorce and adultery is wrong. Exclusive means that the two partners are both faithful and do not have any sexual relationships with other people. This ideal is very important in a marriage because it takes in to account the result of sexual relationships with others that could lead to lying and deceiving a partner, which could hurt, or breakdown a marriage, which is not accepted by the Catholic Church. ...read more.


After this the priest who represents the church then accepts a mutual consent from the bride and groom and says. "You have declared your consent before the church. May the lord in his goodness strengthen your consent and fill you both with his blessing. What God has joined let no man put asunder" After the vows, the exchange of rings takes place. The groom must put the ring on the third finger of the left hand on the bride and say, "take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity in the name of the father of the son and the Holy Spirit". The rings are used as a token of their promises to each other. After the mass, the signing of the marriage register comes next. This takes place, as there are civil requirements for a marriage. The bride, groom and an authorized priest or registrar must be present at the marriage ceremony and sign the register. Explain the main problems that face a Christian family in today's society. What is this essay about? This essay is about a Catholic way of life, starting with marriage and continuing with the family and the many problems that couples may face. The Catholic Church teaches that the parents should be married and they have the sacrament of marriage to help them in family life. ...read more.


Some of these disagreements may be larger or smaller than others but in many cases they may all be overcome through talking. However this may be hard in some cases where there might be a tense or hostile atmosphere, in which case this problem may become worse and even lead to others such as separation of parents or arguments over children, alcoholism, and domestic violence. These problems are serious and may take a lot of effort from everyone involved to overcome. The Catholic Church recommends this, as they believe that by allowing these problems to grow you are breaking the life-giving ideal of marriage. All of these problems can cause a family to break down due to different reasons. One reason why families may break up is not because of the actual problems but maybe because the family members don't talk through the problems and just let them mount up. In what I have written for this essay and in my research for this essay, I have found out that families have many problems, some bigger than others but no matter how small or big the problem actually is, the family can still break up. I have also learnt that to resolve problem you will need to talk to somebody about them. Also, I have learnt that for a catholic family to resolve their problems, it is a lot harder because of all the bible teachings and the church expectations. ...read more.

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