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The Sacrament of Marriage

Christian Marriage is when a man and a woman are bonded together in a lifelong, permanent and exclusive relationship.

In the Catholic Church, marriage is a SACRAMENT.

A SACRAMENT IS AN OUTWARD SIGN OF INWARD GRACE. GOD IS PRESENT AND IS BLESSING THE MARRIAGE.

What is a Christian Marriage?

A Christian Marriage is:

- Life-long and PERMANENT (until death)

- EXCLUSIVE (just to one person and you must remain faithful)

- LIFE-GIVING (open to the possibility of children)

Remember LEP

What are the conditions of marriage?

- It must be FREELY CHOSEN (you can't be forced into it)

- FREE TO MARRY (you can't be already married to someone else)

- OPEN TO THE POSSIBILITY OF CHILDREN

- Both must have a RESPONSIBLE ATTITUDE to marriage and an equal, loving relationship

Marriage Preparation

In the Catholic Church, couples attend marriage preparation classes with the priest before they get married. They talk through what a Christian marriage involves and

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