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    • Marriage is the sacrament in which a baptised man and woman vow to belong to each other in a permanent, exclusive, sexual partnership of loving, mutual care and responsibility in the hope of having children and bringing up a family (Catechism published by the Catholic truth society, 1985)
        • Genesis 2
        • Luke 10
        • Exodus 20
        • Ecclesiastes 3
        • 'Adultery'- having a sexual relationship with someone other than your married partner
        • Christians believe that the only proper context for sex is within marriage
        • 'I take you to be my lawfully wedded husband/ wife, 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 us do part, according to God's holy law'
        • 'With this ring I thee wed: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.'
        • Vows made with 3 people in mind:
          • God- join people as 'one flesh'- shouldn't feel free to break promise with God
          • Witnesses- public declaration of love/ made promises before witnesses- legal part
          • Partner- have to live up to promises
          • Hymn
            • Focus minds on God
          • Opening statement from priest/ vicar
            • Summary on marriage meaning
          • Declaration
            • Witnesses + couple asked to confirm that couple are free to marry
          • Promises/ Vows
            • Made to God and each other in front of witnesses
          • Exchange of Rings
            • Couple now man and wife
          • Proclamation
            • Couple now man and wife
          • Prayers for Couple
            • Sometimes sermon about marriage, blessed before God
          • Register Signed by couple and witnesses
            • LEGAL ASPECT
          • Closing worship
            • Followed by reception or party
    • Agape- selfless non-physical love


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