Posts Tagged ‘engaged’
If one partner prefers political debate and the other would rather play video games, it can decrease satisfying couple conversation – the heart of intimacy.
An engaged couple in Malta expressed the fear to Pope Benedict XVI that “life offers too many hurdles for us to live our married lives in God’s light.” The young couple preparing to be married in the church told the pope that while they want a marriage that is guided by God, a major concern […]
Traveling with your spouse is a great opportunity to grow closer and spend time together. Knowing one another′s preferences when it comes to travel, however, can make all the difference between a dream getaway and a nightmare vacation.
Couples don’t have to belong to the same religion to be compatible spiritually – but it helps. Knowing what your deepest beliefs are and how your spouse is similar or different, however, is the start of becoming soul-mates.
Until recent decades, the idea of a Catholic marrying outside the faith was practically unheard of, if not taboo. Such weddings took place in private ceremonies in the parish rectory, not in a church sanctuary in front of hundreds of friends and family. These days, many people marry across religious lines. The rate of ecumenical […]
It’s no secret that many couples are cohabiting, that is, living together in a sexual relationship without marriage. Currently, 60% of all marriages are preceded by cohabitation, but fewer than half of cohabiting unions end in marriage. Many couples believe-mistakenly-that cohabitation will lower their risk of divorce. This is an understandable misconception, since many people […]
Costs vary by region, but the average wedding ranges between $20,000 and $25,000. Some couples justify their spending because it’s a “once in a lifetime” event. Others feel pressured by families and friends to stage an elaborate celebration. Expectations may be greater for couples who have been on their own for a while. Presumably, they […]
Congratulations on your engagement! The Church rejoices with you and eagerly awaits the day you become husband and wife, a new family, in the covenant of Marriage (a sacrament for baptized Christians). The following are some suggestions for the centerpiece of your wedding day: the wedding liturgy. The Catholic wedding liturgy (or ceremony) presents engaged […]
The Catholic Church provides three different forms of celebrating the Rite of Marriage. When two Catholics are marrying, the celebration will normally take place within a Mass. The second form, which does not include a Mass, is used when a Catholic marries another baptized Christian. A third form, also outside Mass, is usually celebrated when […]
The readings at a Catholic wedding liturgy are a proclamation of God’s Word and of the Church’s faith about marriage. For this reason, they are limited to readings from the scriptures (the Bible). There are nine options for the first reading from the Old Testament, thirteen options for the second reading from the New Testament […]
Marriage is a Sacrament! The celebration of Marriage is not just a religious ceremony. A marriage between two Christians is a sacrament, which means it is an encounter with Jesus Christ. In a particular way, the bride and the groom, in offering their lives to each other (symbolized in their vows), pledge their selfless love […]
Commitment is not a very “sexy” word or concept but it probably has more to do with making marriages work than anything except common values. It’s not just about reciting marriage vows or having a piece of paper that says “marriage license.” Commitment is important because we act differently when we know that our futures […]
As a courting or engaged couple, you have probably discussed where to draw the line about sexual intimacy before marriage. The Catholic Church teaches that every act of sexual intercourse is intended by God to express love, commitment and openness to life in the total gift of the spouses to each other. This total commitment is possible only in […]
Balancing career and family is one of the greatest challenges facing newly married couples. Just when you thought marriage was going to simplify your life, you start to realize that there are decisions ahead, such as: Whose career takes priority? Will both of us continue to work outside the home once we have children? Is […]
On their wedding day, the bride and groom are asked: “Will you accept children lovingly from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?” Dreaming together about the children you hope to have is one of the most exciting parts of getting married. However, unless you’re entering a step-parent […]
When couples are on the verge of a major life transition such as marriage, they begin to think about life, love, values…and the future. To a great extent this is what spirituality is about – our human search for happiness and the meaning of life. Is life just about the here and now? Do morals […]
Before entering into any healthy, intimate relationship, you need to know yourself. One important aspect of identity is personality. As you consider marriage, consider taking this Personality Audit. Print two copies and ask your fiance(e) to take it, too.
Perhaps you are approaching marriage on a sound financial footing. You’ve finished your education, have been employed for several years, maybe even have some savings or own a house. Perhaps you are set – or so you think. But having enough money for a comfortable lifestyle is not all that finances in marriage is about. […]
The term “Family of Origin” refers to the family that you grew up in – your parents and siblings. It may also include a grandparent, other relative, or divorced parents who lived with you during part of your childhood. These people strongly influence who we become. Men and women who grew up in relatively healthy, […]
Catholics marrying an unbaptized person or someone preparing for baptism (a catechumen) should use this form of the wedding ceremony. While not a sacrament, it is a valid Catholic wedding with many of the same elements as the wedding Mass.
When a Catholic marries a Christian of another denomination, the Order of Celebrating Matrimony Without Mass is usually used. The marriage will still be a valid Catholic marriage and a sacrament, and contains the same basic elements as the wedding within Mass but without the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
The Catholic Order of Matrimony centers around two key moments: the Exchange of Consent and the Nuptial Blessing. Marriage is rooted in the couple’s mutual vows of faithful love and is blessed by God as an image of the marriage between Christ and the Church. The couple’s declaration of reciprocal consent and the nuptial blessing reveal the sacramental nature of marriage as the spouses become symbols of Christ’s selfless love.
Gospel reading suggestions for a Catholic wedding ceremony.
Readings and reflections from the New Testamant.
Readings and reflections from the Old Testament.