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The Importance of Marriage

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Many people think that a wedding in a church is important so that the people getting married are under the eyes of God and he will give then the love and guidance against thing's like marital breakdown and to give the couple the love and support for each other . 'The love of man and woman is made holy in the sacrament of marriage, and becomes the mirror of your everlasting love', this quote literally spell's out what the sacrament of marriage is for . Marriage is the final sacrament of a catholic person's life, but marriage can only be conceived in a church if one or both of the people receiving the sacrament of marriage has had in this order a baptism, first communion and is a confirmed catholic, then and only then can a marriage take place in the house of God, marriage is a solemn contract between a man and a woman who share love together. There are many references to marriage and divorce in the bible most of them coincide in the new testament in such chapters such as Matthew, Mark, John, Corinthians and Ephesians . Most of the passages in new testament really describe a man and a woman being faithful to each other like Jesus was faithful to the church, for example in Ephseians 5 21-33, it was written ' wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as to the lord . ...read more.

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After this the sacrament of marriage is made. After the vows the exchange of rings is made , the groom must put the ring on the third finger of the left hand 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. Marriage is seen as many different things in different religious communities for example in the Protestant community do not see marriage as a sacrament thought they still celebrate marriage as a very special occasion and is marked by a special service , the same applies with the Baptists they as the Protestants do not consider marriage as a sacrament but they do recognise that God has instituted marriage and that believers should be married in the presence of God with prayers for his blessing on the marriage, the great freedom about it is that there is no set marriage service, but the three main parts of the service include an introduction , explaining the meaning of marriage, the covenant which is sort of the vows and finally a scripture is read and prayers to God to bless this marriage. ...read more.

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# People who divorce are breaking a natural law , for the two people made a contract in the eyes of God , and vowed to be with each other to death do they part. A person who remarries is committing adultery . # Divorce is immoral in any case and can break up family and society, divorce harms the following people * The spouse who is deserted by his or her partner. * Children suffer greatly from conflicts between two parents * It can spread through society like a plague by influencing other people to break up. Annulment and Separation are the red herrings of marital breakdown as they are only granted in special situations. Annulment In the exceptional case of an annulment the church classifies the marriage as unofficial and therefore not legal , there are 12 grounds on which an annulment can be granted these include * One of the partners not consenting to the marriage in the first place * One spouse not understanding the implications of what they were doing when they married * The marriage not being consummated - no sexual act took place Separation Though this is may be the most painful, but necessary answer to a marriage that has become unfeasible. This can lead to a civil divorce without any blame being dealt to either partner. In this way certain legal rights, the care of the children and any inheritance can be protected. ...read more.

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