5. Marriage

What is marriage?
Marriage is a lifelong covenant between a man and a woman of self-giving love and singular fidelity.  In the rite of Christian marriage, the couple exchange vows to uphold this covenant before God and in the presence of witnesses, who pray that God will bless their life together.

What is signified in marriage?
The covenantal union of man and woman in marriage signifies the communion between Christ the heavenly bridegroom and the church, his holy bride.  Not all are called to marriage, but all Christians are wedded to Christ and blessed by the grace God gives in marriage.

What grace does God give in marriage?
In Christian marriage, God establishes and blesses the covenant between husband and wife to live together in a communion of love, faithfulness and peace within the fellowship of Christ and his church.  God enables all married people to grow in love, wisdom and godliness through a common life patterned on the sacrificial love of Christ.