A Sacrament of Love
Amongst the celebration of the Holy Mysteries, Marriage (as the lifelong sacramental commitment between one man and one woman) is referred to as the “Great Mystery” by the Apostle Paul in Eph. 5:32. It speaks to us profoundly about the meaning of love and in particular relationship of love between Christ and the church. There is a great deal said in scripture of marriage as a profound analogy for this relationship and we even refer to Christ as the “lover of mankind” in our Divine Liturgy. As such we believe that our marriages must be centred on Christ and we look to Him both the source of our love in marriage and our example of how to love. In Christ we find a love that is Free, Total, Faithful and Fruitful! Marriage is a vocation to love in a way that we are able to live the call to give a “sincere gift” of self to another. (Gaudium et Spes 24:3) The nature of that gift is to respect our true value and dignity as men and women of infinite worth. It is on this foundation of strength and virtue, through the grace and love of God, that marriage can provide a solid basis for the family as the Domestic Church.