Wedding season is squarely upon us, which can be evidenced by the weddings held at the church almost every weekend during this time of year.
A wedding in the church is not simply a choice of a preferred venue over others, but is actually an integral part of the life of a Christian because marriage is one of the seven Sacraments. Marriage outside of the Church is not a Sacramental marriage and though there may be references to God and to spiritual things in a secular wedding ceremony, it misses the mark of being a Sacrament, and unfortunately the Catholic party or parties separate themselves from not only the Sacrament of Marriage but from all the Sacraments as well.
Since Marriage outside of the Church is a separation from the Eucharist and other Sacraments, the Church invites a couple living in such a union to make their marriage a Sacramental one by having their marriage con-validated or “blessed” in the Church. This entails Sacramental preparation and a ceremony and gains for the couple the many graces and riches of the Sacrament of Marriage and the ability to once again approach the altar for Communion and the confessional for the healing power of Christ. As we all know marriage is under constant pressure to fail, to be redefined and to be done away with altogether. Part of the criticisms and threats to marriage are the impressions that Christians give about Marriage that then open it up to misunderstanding and abuse. Same sex marriage and being married multiple times pick up steam when marriages between men and women are not lived authentically. It takes on steam when Christian marriages fail in divorce. They try to redefine marriage when married couples refuse to be open to life by the use of birth control.
Perhaps now more than ever married couples must rely on the grace and power of God to be able to live holy lives of marriage. The world is not in need of new definitions of marriage, but of authentically living what is already ours, and with God, this is possible. Please pray for the couples being married this year in our parish, these couples are to be congratulated and even thanked for entering into a Sacramental marriage and they are in need of our prayers and support.
In Jesus and Mary,