35. The Marriage

  1. The sacrament of Marriage

    The Marriage is the sacrament which sanctifying the union between a man and a woman, and gives them grace to live together in pace and bring up children to Heaven.

   As a natural union between man and woman, the Marriage exists since the beginning of the world. God founded it in the Paradise when blessed Adam and Eve, saying: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Génesis 1, 28).

   As a sacrament it was instituted by Jesus Christ. Tradition pointed the presence of Jesus in the wedding of Cana as a divine confirmation of the value of Marriage.

   For all of these, for Christians there are only one true Marriage, the sacramental one acquired by the Church. Civil marriage has not more value than a legal state ceremony.

The properties of Marriage are two: unity and indissolubility.

   - Unity means that a single man must join a single woman.

   - Indissolubility means that the bond between spouses cannot be broken. Only death can end a marriage, and while they are alive other unions are not licit. Divorce is condemned by the Church. Jesus said: “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19,6). Marriage must be joined for some reasons: for the good of the sons, of the spouses, and also for the good of all the society. When families are stables, the order and wellfare of society and people is higher. Divorce can broke and end this happiness.

   The matter of the sacrament is the mutual dedication of the spouses. The shape is the mutual acceptance of the other in presence of the priest. The ministers of this sacrament are the two contracting members. The subject is every Christian who is free of impediment.

  A. Answer with a word

 Marriage sanctifies the bond between a man and a

 God established in the earthly Paradise the … union
 Jesus Christ instituted the … union
 For Christians, the one and only Marriage is the

 It is a legal state ceremony: the … marriage

 The bond between a man and a woman is the

 The spouses must not break their bond by the

 The … is condemned by Jesus Christ and the Church






  2. Effects of Marriage

    - It increases sanctifying grace. Marriage must be received in state of grace; if this is not the case, it is a sacrilege.

   - It brings sacramental grace to fulfill in the right way their duties as spouses and Christian parents.

   - Legitimate children.

   The obligations of the spouses are:

   + Keep fidelity and love each other.

   + Help each other in their spiritual and physical needs, and be mutually supportive, with swetness and patience.

   + Accept the sons God gives to them. God bless large families.

   + Educate their children in the fear of God (respect and veneration) and teach them in the Christian doctrine. Work hard for the salvation of their sons and for their own salvation.

  B. Choose a word

 Marriage must be received in state of

 If it is received being in mortal sin it is a

 To fulfill the duties of a marriage, the spouses receive the … grace

 The spouses must keep

 They must … each other in their physical and spiritual needs

 They must be … with the faults of the other

 God bless … families

 Parents must … their children


  3. Questions from the catechism

1. What is marriage?  Marriage is the sacrament that sanctyfies the union between a man and a woman, and gives them grace to live in peace and bring up children for Heaven.

2. What must a Christian couple do to live in sanctity?  To live in sanctity, a Christian couple must love each other and be faithful, receive the sons that God give to them and teach them the Law of God.

  C. Choose the right answer. Options are below: A or B

 QUESTIONS

 ANSWERS
 1. What is Marriage?
 2. What must a Christian couple do to live in sanctity?

 

  ANSWERS
 A

 They must love each other and be faithful, receive the sons that God give to them and teach them the Law of God.

 B

 It is the sacrament that sanctyfies the union between a man and a woman, and gives them grace to live in peace and bring up children for Heaven.


  Intentions for a Christian life

   - Collaborate to create a bright and cheerful home.

   - Appreciate this sacrament and help others to understand it and thank God for it.



 
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