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Explain how a married couple could be assisted in their marriage by the words, readings and actions of their wedding.

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Explain how a married couple could be assisted in their marriage by the words, readings and actions of their wedding There are many traditions in the marriage ceremony that have significance and can help the couple in their marriage. There are three main sections in the marriage the words, readings and actions these can assist the couple. The greeting is when the priest greets the couple and the congregation. This shows that the couple is being accepted into the community by friends and family but most importantly by the church. The priest represents the church and he is showing that the church accepts them and will offer them guidance and support through the marriage. The homily is when the priest will explain the gospel reading the reading will most properly be about marriage. He will then talk about modern marriage and what is expected of them. ...read more.


The readings at the marriage are called the Liturgy of the Word. There are usually 3 readings one from the Old Testament one form the new and a gospel reading. In Genesis 2 :18 it states "it is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him" this shows that marriage is a companionship and that the couple helps each other. This will assist them by knowing that hey should both be there for each other. And that they should always be together. Corinthians 7:4-5 states " a wife is not the master of her own body, the husband is. The same way a husband is not the master of his body the wife is." This shows that the couple should be totally committed to each other and no one else. In Mark 10: 7 " and for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife and the two will become one. ...read more.


Then comes the exchange of the rings this is an important part of the ceremony because it shows that the marriage is permanent. The rings is round which symbolises eternality. It also a symbol of Gods love for the couple. This will assist the couple by making them understand that God is always there for them and that He can help. Then the sighing of the register this is another legal part of the law, which shows that you are married. It shows that you are protected in law and financially. Then when the couple leave the church together it shows that they have committed themselves to each other and is a symbol of a long life together. So in conclusion the main ways in which the married couple can be assisted is by themselves. They can help each other to work on the marriage. But with Gods, the church and friends and families help. They will know that the church and God will always be there for them to help and guide them through any rocky patches in the marriage. ...read more.

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