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The preparation for marriage leads to married life, through the celebration of the sacrament, which is the culmination of the journey of preparation which the spouses have made and the source and origin of their married life.
In the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, a man and woman by their irrevocable personal consent enter into a covenant by which they establish between themselves a partnership for their whole life. This covenant is, by its very nature, ordered toward the good of the spouses and to the procreation of children. Through the sacrament, the spouses are united by God after the pattern of Christ’s indefectible union with the Church and so are consecrated and strengthened by sacramental grace.
In a sacramental marriage, God’s love becomes present to the spouses in their total union and flows through them to their family and community. Within the tradition of the Syro Malabar Catholic Church, the priests are witnesses to the mutual consent given by the spouses, and for the validity of the sacrament, their blessing is necessary.
One of the excitements about being married is realizing that it will take many years of loving and living to learn to know each other. A good marriage will have unimagined joy, unexpected depths of love, and unanticipated experiences and trials—all of which have the capacity to bind and build a couple into a growing oneness. Problems the families may encounter in the areas of sex, finance, occupation, children, culture, health, substance abuse, communication, and fidelity are discussed in this session.
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