OCM 4: The Supernatural Element of Christian Marriage

The former Rite of Marriage (1969), significantly revised and updated in 1991, eventually found its way into English translation in 2016. We’ll continue a look at the introduction to the Order of Celebrating Matrimony. Today, paragraph number four begins with a reminder of Jesus’ endorsement of Eve and Adam’s covenant in Genesis:

4. The intimate community of life and love, by which spouses ‘are no longer two, but one flesh,’(Matthew 19:6) has been established by God the Creator, provided with its own proper laws, and endowed with that blessing which alone was not forfeited by punishment for original sin.(Cf. Nuptial Blessing) This sacred bond, therefore, does not depend on human choice, but rather on the Author of Marriage, who ordained it to be endowed with its own goods and ends.(Gaudium et Spes 48)

This divine establishment is part of the creation of humankind: how we were made as beings. Not just our biology, but also our impulses for community and communion. Put all together these elements cannot really be separated into component parts. Given God’s participation in the sacrament, any marriage is far more than the sum of the parts two human beings bring to the relationship. If, however, their cooperation and “yes” to
God permits it.


The text cited in blue is from the English translation of The Order of Celebrating Matrimony © 2013, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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