What Is Marriage? Marriage is a natural institution established by God the Creator. It is a permanent, faithful, fruitful partnership between one man and one woman, established by their free mutual consent. It has two purposes: the good of the spouses, called the unitive purpose, and the procreation and education of children. Marriage is not merely a private institution, it is the foundation of the family. Marriage is a sacrament that “bears the imprint of God’s love.” – usccb
Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with “the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church. Man and woman were created for each other.
By their marriage, the couple witnesses Christ’s spousal love for the Church. One of the Nuptial Blessings in the liturgical celebration of marriage refers to this in saying, “Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church.”
The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy. (usccb)
Download The Packet (packet includes a registration/contract (that must be filled out and returned to the parish office), suggestions/guidelines for readings and music for weddings and the flow of the Wedding Mass.)
Contact Theresa Greenwood at the parish office to make an appointment with the Pastor 6 months prior to your desired wedding date for Marriage Prepartion; 904-471-5364 X114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in reserving Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia for a reception, please visit Celebration Hall and contact Dr. Brian Schoonover at 904-471-5364 X103 or email@example.com.