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Explain how the rituals and vows connected with Christian marriage ceremonies might influence the differing ways that couples approach marriage and marital breakdown.

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Explain how the rituals and vows connected with Christian marriage ceremonies might influence the differing ways that couples approach marriage and marital breakdown. Marriage is regarded as a sacrament in Roman Catholic Church and also in some Churches of the Anglo-Catholic tradition. It is therefore an indissoluble bond. Another teaching is marriage is that marriage is a permanent relationship and can only be ended by death or annulment in very special circumstances; divorce is unacceptable. The vows said at a wedding back this up: "I (name) do take thee (name) to be my lawful wedded wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part" and "love and honour each other for life". Marriage is believed to be a sacrament because God's love for the Church is reflected in the couple's love. This is the order of a Roman Catholic marriage service: 1. The Introductory Rites Entrance Antiphon Candle Ceremony Greeting Penitential Rite Opening Prayer 2. Liturgy of the Word Old Testament Reading Responsorial Psalm New Testament Reading Alleluia Acclamation The Gospel Reading (followed by the Sermon or Homily). 3. The Rite of Marriage The Address Declaration of Consent Blessing of the Rings Exchange of Gifts (Optional) Candle Ceremony (Optional) Prayer of the Newly Married Couple (Optional) Prayers of the Faithful 4. ...read more.

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Although in many Churches divorce is completely forbidden, many marriages still break up. Different Christian denominations have come up with different ways of dealing with different marital problems. On the whole the Protestant churches take the view the Jesus' teaching is ideal which married couples should try to live up to, but sadly, the problems faced by some couples force the marriage to be ended. In these cases Protestant churches accept a civil divorce as an end to a marriage. A divorced man or woman may usually remarry. The Church of England has changed its regulations about divorce and remarriage. Until just recently it did not allow a divorced man to remarry in church. However, since 1981, the General Synod has given parish ministers to remarry divorced people in church. The Roman Catholic Church takes a rather different view to that of other Christian denominations. It takes the words of the Bible literally: once a Christian marriage has taken place the two have become 'one flesh': the marriage is made by God and cannot be dissolved or ended by any man...only by death, So the Catholic Church says that a civil divorce is not enough. If a couple get divorced, the Church teaches that they are still married in the eyes of God. They are therefore not free to marry again while their previous husband or wife is still alive. ...read more.

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Also the Catholic Church teaches that children should be brought up in a strong and caring relationship and that having sex outside marriage may end up in a child being brought up in an insecure environment so the only real contraceptive is to only keep sex within marriage. Other people may disagree with this statement by saying that sex doesn't just have to be kept within marriage. They may say that although the Roman Catholic Church teaches that children should be brought up in a secure relationship, a secure relationship doesn't necessarily mean marriage and therefore sex can be performed outside marriage with the child being brought up in a secure environment. Also a life of chastity before marriage it not the only contraceptive since now-a-days no forms of contraceptive have been produced and therefore sex before marriage (for enjoyment) can safely take place - even outside a secure relationship - without the worry of a child being produced. I believe that sex before marriage is totally acceptable as main reason that sex before marriage cannot take place is because it may lead to a child being brought up outside a caring and secure relationship cannot be condoned as there are many types of contraceptives that will prevent this from happening. I also believe that sex before marriage is condonable because it helps bring a couple closer together before they get married which could then lead on to a happy, fulfilling married life. ...read more.

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