• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain how the Catholic service of marriage might influence the moral behaviour, attitudes, lifestyle and social practices of a follower of the Catholic faith today

Extracts from this document...


Coursework section 1 Explain how the Catholic service of marriage might influence the moral behaviour, attitudes, lifestyle and social practices of a follower of the Catholic faith today The Catholic service of marriage might influence the moral behaviour of a follower of the Catholic faith today by it can come through in the public declarations of the freedom to marry and the intention to the faithful, which are part of the Catholic ceremony. The statement, "Are you ready and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?" indicates that the couple are free to marry, that there is nothing and no one who can prevent such a giving. The statement, "Are you ready to love and honour each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?" indicates that they will not leave their partner and be unfaithful to that person. The Public Declaration of the freedom in law and marry, which is demanded by law in all marriage ceremonies Influences a follower of the Catholic faith today. In this the couple each make the statement, "I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I (name), may not be joined in matrimony to (name)." ...read more.


This statement is important because it is totally exclusive: it allows no loophole. Once the couple are married they stay married Nothing can be held back. The statement brings out the Catholic belief that marriage is life long, and it also reinforces the exclusivity of the marriage bond, regardless of what may happen. As people do not know what the future holds there is a huge amount of trust involved on the part of the couple in each other. The catholic service might influence the lifestyle of a follower of the Catholic faith today by the Christian lifestyle is monogamous, that there shall be one husband for each women, and one wife for each man. An important teaching of the Church is that the two individuals now become a couple: that the two become one, as it is written in the book of genesis: that the man shall leave his family and be united to his wife, and the two shall leave his family and be united to his wife, and the two shall become one. This is made plain in the declaration of the priest, quoting the words of Jesus, "What God has joined together, let no man asunder." ...read more.


It takes place in front of the assembled congregation. It is a life-long commitment, and cannot be broken except by the death of one of the partners. The law cannot declare that the sacrament is over. However, the law can end the contract and allow the couple to marry in a civic ceremony. However, it's not the same because Catholics see marriage as mirroring love of God for his people. The ceremony is accompanied by the giving of a ring, the symbol of eternity of marriage and its love, with the words, "(Name), take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen"; and the signing of marriage register. Certainly, the demands made by the Church on her people are very different from those demands made by society. But then the service is seen as a sacrament, and the grace available from God here and every day, are enough for a couple to have the courage and strength to face each and everyday, and make a new start when the going gets touch, or gives them the courage to seek outside help when things appear to be going wrong. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Family, Marriage and Divorce section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Family, Marriage and Divorce essays

  1. Why are marriage rates declining?

    1989 cohabitation rose from 7% to 48% - this data found is extremely out of date which means that it is not reliable. Sociologists have found these things to be true. Chester said that cohabitation is becoming more popular but it is only a temporary phase.

  2. Religion Coursework

    Nowhere in the bible does it say that a woman is not allowed to work to support her own family. Mother's can provide resources, such as money, food, clothing, and shelter, for all family members is one of the most basic, yet important, responsibilities within a family.

  1. Describe the main features of a marriage service

    This symbolises purity and that the service is unusual and godly. The priest will begin the ceremony by informing everyone that the couple have decided to marry in the presence of God, 'Dearly beloved we are gathered her today in sight of God to witness the union of....'

  2. Outline and explain Christian beliefs about marriage.

    Some Church of England ministers take a sympathetic approach and will bless second marriages. However, there is no such cushion for Roman Catholics whose marriages fail. This can cause real problems for Catholics, particularly if they go ahead and remarry outside the church; such people are asked to refrain from taking the Eucharist.

  1. Explain how the teachings of both Jesus and St. Paul might influence the moral ...

    (See Matthew 5:27-30)cobg bgr sebgbgw orbg bgk inbg fobg bg: The moral behaviour of Christians has been commented upon here in that you should be forgiving and avoid adultery; upon attitudes in that all are sinners and should be treated with care and Christian love; and lifestyle in that marriage is exclusive, but it has to be worked at.

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

    for richer, for poorer, sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part." The acceptance of consent and blessing is essential in the catholic marriage ceremony that a priest is present, as he represents the people of God and the church, and accepts a mutual consent of the bride and groom.

  1. Problems facing muslims living in britian today

    Problems facing Muslims living in Britain today. Clothing The Qur'an tells both women and men to be modest. For some Muslims, modest clothing for women is a head covering called a 'hijab', but this was not worn in all medieval Muslim societies. Whenever a woman entered a mosque, however, she would always have her head covered.

  2. Religion and human relationships Religion and medical ethics - views of Christians and Moslems.

    5. Women?s honour and chastity must be respected and protected. 6. No Muslim may oppress the weak. 7. Tyranny and evil must be challenged and defeated if possible. Islam sees 3 groups of people as being in need and requiring special attention and care: orphans, the needy and travellers.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work