The Sacrament of Marriage
"And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection."
We rejoice with you as you begin a lifetime of love together and we are delighted to assist you in your preparation for the sacrament of Marriage.
The covenant by which a man and woman enter into a consecrated partnership-for-life, is by its very nature created for their good and the procreation and education of children. This unique bond between a baptized man and a baptized woman has been elevated by Jesus, himself, to the dignity of a sacrament.
Holy Scripture affirms that man and woman were created for one another:
"It is not good that man should be alone." The woman, "flesh of his flesh," his counterpart and equal, his nearest in all things, is given to him by God as a "helpmate" and so she represents God, from whom comes our help. Genesis 2:18-23
"Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and holds fast to his wife, and they become one flesh." Genesis 2:24
Jesus clearly shows us the significance of the unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling his Father's plan from "the beginning": "So they are no longer two, but one flesh." Matthew 19:6
Through the sacrament of Marriage, a perpetual and exclusive bond is created between the spouses that strengthens and consecrates them. This bond has been established by God himself in such a way that can never be dissolved. It is a divine covenant guaranteed by God's fidelity in God's love for God's people.
During preparation for Marriage in the Diocese of Scranton you can expect to:
- Meet with our Pastor or his delegate (a deacon or pastoral staff member) to learn about guidelines and procedures, begin the prenuptial inquiry that gathers information needed for Church records, and tentatively set a church wedding date.
- Fill out a premarital assessment instrument. This inventory will help you explore your relationship, think about what each of you is bringing to marriage, and become more aware of your strengths and challenges. The assessment instrument enables marriage preparation to fit your needs.
- Attend the enrichment program the Pastor specifies. It may include a Pre-Cana Conference and/or sessions with a mentor couple.
- Obtain Natural Family Planning (NFP) instruction.
- Meet again with the Pastor or deacon to follow up on the enrichment program and sign Church forms.
- Plan your wedding liturgy with the assistance of the Pastor, deacon, or liturgist.
- Use the final months before your wedding for intense spiritual preparation through prayer and the sacraments.
This is an exciting and happy time! Please contact us as soon as possible and allow us to share it with you.