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

The Sacraments - Marriage

Extracts from this document...


R.E. Coursework The Sacraments: Marriage. A sacrament is an outward religious act which has a spiritual meaning given to it by the words and actions of Jesus, in which a Christian grows in love of God. For many people the sacrament of marriage is the most special and wonderful sacrament of all. Marriage, like all other sacraments, has its outward signs. The outward signs of marriage are the exchanging and wearing of the rings, and the blessing. The rings are special because they represent the love and bond between the couple. Just like true love the rings have no beginning and no end. They can represent an outward sign of the loving commitment of each partner to the other and can also act as a reminder of that very special commitment. The blessing is given after the 'Our Father' when the priest talks to and blesses the bride. There are two important themes of Catholic marriage in this blessing: 1. "That a husband's human love for his wife is a model of the love which Christ has for God's people - the Church. 2. That marriage is a relationship based on a faithfulness which is plain for all to see." ...read more.


It would mean a poor standard of life for the parents and also for their children. It would be very hard to look after more than four children even if you didn't work, but you have to work to provide for them; but if you go to work you would not have sufficient time to give your children the love, care and attention that they need. So either way you cant win, this makes having a large family impractical and unfair on the parents and children. So how do you prevent having so many children? Easy, stop having intercourse with your partner; but this is not easy because all couples want to show their love and affection to each other, thus they have sex. Therefore the solution was family planning that uses artificial contraceptives, such as the contraceptive pill and the condom, were introduced. This is not a solution for Roman Catholics however, as the Catholic Church does not agree with artificial contraceptives, it says "Family planning which involves artificial or chemical methods of contraception, and which includes an acceptance of the principle of abortion, is not keeping with the Church's teaching on family life." ...read more.


Firstly, why should a Priest confer a sacrament to someone when that person has no intention of living it out? This is just a great waste of God's gift and this simply should not happen. Secondly by giving a sacrament to someone who did not practice their faith disregard to the sacrament would be brought about. A sacrament is supposed to be received with dignity, it is meant to be a great honour to receive a gift from God, but allowing a person who didn't practice their faith would give the vows no meaning, it would just change them into a bunch meaningless words. Also by giving the sacrament to someone who did not practice their faith the sacrament itself would be celebrated for the wrong reasons. The sacrament would be just for show, so the person can say that they are a Christian, but really they're not. These are all very good reasons to agree with the statement. In conclusion there is mainly two types of people: 1. Those who don't practice their faith because it is not possible. 2. Those who don't practice their faith because they are not very good Christians. Either way people still disagree with each other over the statement: "A Priest should always refuse the sacraments to those who do not practice their faith." 1 ...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 Places of Worship 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 Places of Worship essays

  1. ''Luther, more than anyone, was to blame for the schism.''

    These abuses were almost certainly open to an external attack. He states 'how eagerly the world desires reform', referring to the great dissatisfaction of the majority concerning the church's shortcomings. This is a powerful and convenient extract, since not only is it the view of a contemporary, but the view

  2. Mosque coursework

    The verses describe such people as being possessive of good qualities which will endeavour their entry in to Paradise by the grace and mercy of God. The Qur'aan states: "The mosque of god shall be visited and mankind by such as believe in god and the last day, establish regular prayer, and fear alone (at all)

  1. Teachings and Symbolism of the Marriage Ceremony in Christianity.

    Your groom will say: "I, Richard, take you, Judy, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life."

  2. Marriage and Marital Breakdown.

    The bridegroom places a ring on the bride and says: '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.' * The Marriage blessing- This is given after the Our Father.

  1. Explain in detail the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church about the sacrament of ...

    If one or both of the partners re-marries, the Church says that adultery is being committed on both sides. Annulment however is perfectly fine in the eyes of the RCC. They will look upon the marriage as non existing as long as: 1)

  2. AO2 Marriage Coursework

    Another vow which the couple exchange which is important and act as an important teaching in marriage is 'for better, for worse', in this situation the husband/ wife may become abusive and their partner wants to leave them, the Catholic Church would teach that the couple must keep going at

  1. natureofchurch sacraments

    Also he rejected the rule of the priest as an intermediary which attacks the priests and rejects their spiritually higher status. Luther wanted a literal interpretation of Jesus' words; 'This is my body...' which is related to Luther's teachings having to have scriptural authority.

  2. Explain how a married couple could be assisted in their marriage by the words, ...

    This shows the couples willing to get married. These will assist them by knowing what they have to do in the marriage. It also makes them confirm their beliefs to everybody there. Next come the vows this is the legal part of the wedding. This means that the couple should accept each other socially and financially.

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