Marriage is “a sign of a deeper union between Christ and the Church. Marriage is thus an image of the marriage between God and humanity, or between Christ and the Church”.1
Truly indeed, sacrament of marriage involves three person. Both the husband and wife and of course, Christ is the center. Essentially important to every family because its binds the husband and wife into one.
According to the dictionary Marriage use as a noun, about 1300; borrowing of Old French mariage, from marier to MARRY. Marry as Verb, join as husband and wife. And from the Latin word maritare wed, marry, from maritus married man or husband; of uncertain origin (very possibly a quasi-participle with the meaning of provided with a *mari, a young woman).2
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 the offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.3
Like all sacraments, it is a sign that contains in itself and brings about that which it signifies. The sign is the realization of the marriage itself on the level of a union of two wills and two bodies. This sign produces what is signifies: the indissoluble union of two partners. This union is in turn a sign of a deeper union between Christ and the Church.4
Catholic tradition has recognized that “marriage of the baptized is one of the seven sacraments of the New Covenant”. Marriage is seen as:5
1. An ongoing saving symbolic action,
2. Grounded in the ministry of Christ and continued in and through the church, which
3. When proclaimed, realized and celebrated in faith,
4. Makes present and actually shares in, God’s love and faithfulness in Jesus Christ, in the pattern of His Paschal Mystery.
Marriage is a unique sacrament in that the vocation of marriage itself is a foundational human...