Matrimony

The sacrament of marriage is a visible sign of God’s love for the Church. When a man and a woman are married in the Church, they receive the grace needed for a lifelong bond of unity.

Marriage is a Covenant

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenantal union in the image of the covenants between God and his people with Abraham and later with Moses at Mt. Sinai. This divine covenant can never be broken. In this way, marriage is a union that bonds spouses together during their entire lifetime.

The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life. (CCC 1661)

The love in a married relationship is exemplified in the total gift of one’s self to another. It’s this self-giving and self-sacrificing love that we see in our other model of marriage, the relationship between Christ and the Church.

Marriage is based on the consent of the contracting parties, that is, on their will to give themselves, each to the other, mutually and definitively, in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. (CCC 1662)

The Church takes the lifelong nature of the Sacrament of Marriage seriously. The Church teaches that a break in this covenant teaches goes against the natural law of God:

The remarriage of persons divorced from a living, lawful spouse contravenes the plan and law of God as taught by Christ. They are not separated from the Church, but they cannot receive Eucharistic communion. They will lead Christian lives especially by educating their children in the faith. (CCC 1665)

Marriage Reflects the Holy Trinity

We believe that God exists in eternal communion. Together, Father, Son and Holy Spirit are united in one being with no beginning and no end. Human beings, likewise, were created by God in God’s image for the purpose of communion with another human being.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit” (CCC 2205). The Sacrament of Marriage is “unitive, indissoluble and calls us to be completely open to fertility.” Christian marriage at its finest is a reflection of God’s self-giving love expressed between the love of two people.

 

The Sacrament of Matrimony

The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1601

We are excited for your journey towards marriage!  It is a beautiful Sacrament that shows the world the relationship between Christ and his Church.  Since it is an important commitment, marriage in the Catholic Church requires a minimum of six months formal preparation prior to the wedding.   

Couples interested in beginning the preparation for their Sacrament of Marriage are invited to attend the Theology of Marriage & Marriage Guideline Review.  It is the first of the sessions andmust be taken before any others. The focus of this class is the theology of marriage and to review the wedding requirements & expectations at Resurrection Catholic Church.  
   
For more information and/or to register for the class, contact:  
Parish Office: 713-675-5333


El Sacramento de Matrimonio

La alianza matrimonial, por la que el varón y la mujer constituyen entre sí un consorcio de toda la vida, ordenado por su misma índole natural al bien de los cónyuges y a la generación y educación de la prole, fue elevada por Cristo Nuestro Señor a la dignidad de sacramento entre bautizados.
Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica 1601

Estamos emocionados por su jornada hacia el matrimonio!  Es un Sacramento tan hermoso que muestra al mundo el amor entre Cristo y su Iglesia.  A causa de ser un compromiso importante, el Matrimonio en la Iglesia Católica requiere un mínimo de seis meses de preparación formal antes de la boda. 

Las parejas interesadas en el inicio de la preparación para su Sacramento del Matrimonio están invitados a tomar la Teologia del Matrimonio y Revision de la Guia para el Matrimonio. Es la primera de las sesiones y debe tomarse antes que a otros. El enfoque de esta clase es la teología del matrimonio y para revisar los requisitos de la boda y las expectativas en Iglesia Católica Resurrección.
 
Para más información y/o inscribirse para la sesion, contactar:  
Oficina de la Parroquia: 713-675-5333

Marriage

God created man and woman out of love and commanded them to imitate his love in their relations with each other. Man and woman were created for each other…Woman and man are equal in human dignity, and in marriage both are united in an unbreakable bond. (United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 21, p. 279)