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The Sacrament of Marriage

A really basic and fundamental introduction to the meaning of marriage as a Sacrament. 

An understanding of marriage as a vocation and a covenant. 

While we rejoice in a couple's love for each other, the fact is that they have now become living symbols of Christ's love for His Church. A little deeper understanding of marriage.

Ever been to a Catholic wedding and left a little confused? Planning a wedding in the Catholic Church and want to know what to expect? Catholic weddings don't always have the "traditional" aspects we expect, and there's a reason for that.

 A FOCUS ON HOW MARRIAGE IS A VISIBLE SIGN AND EXPRESSION OF GOD'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HUMANITY 

This video provides you with a Biblical overview about how God desires to love us and the type of relationship He desires to have with us. The "Church" is understood to be "the people of God, not merely an organization. 

Applying the Biblical understanding of human relationships to the Sacrament of Marriage, we begin to see how the love between a man and a woman represents the relationship between Christ and His body--the Church which is the people of God. 

Peter Frey, a pastor and speaker, very nicely explains the passage from Ephesians 5:21-33. This provides the foundation for how the Catholic Church understands marriage as a Sacrament. Peter explains that marriage is about something bigger than a commitment between two people... it's a picture of the gospel!

HUMAN SEXUALITY AND ITS MEANING IN MARRIAGE

These videos provide a basic understanding of the nature of human sexuality and how the act of sexual intercourse is a physical expression of the wedding vows. In other words, the "performative utterance" during the wedding ceremony when the man and the woman say the words, "I take you," become tangible through the act of human sexual activity with each other. 

Is sex just sex, or does sex have meaning? The human person is constantly communicate. And there is one way express ourselves that is often forgotten. It is through our physical bodies. Our bodies in themselves have an incredibly powerful ability to mean things.

SUPPLIMENTAL INFORMATION

This video provides a nice explanation of the difference between a contract and a covenant as they relate to marriage. 

Dr. Pitre discusses Jesus' comments on divorce, remarriage, and the indissolubility of the sacrament of matrimony. Unlike what is often suggested in contemporary times about marriage, Jesus paints a picture of marriage being embedded in the very order of creation and is not simply a social construct invented by man.

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