“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.” CCC 1601
Let marriage be held in honor by all and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.
- Must be arranged eight to twelve months prior to the wedding date.
- The Catholic couple should have received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
- If there have been previous marriages by either party, an annulment will be necessary.
The Marriage Ceremony
A Nuptial Mass is the usual form for the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony between two Catholics.
A marriage between a Catholic and a baptized Christian is usually celebrated outside of Mass.
A marriage between a Catholic and an unbaptized person is always celebrated outside of Mass.