OCM 5: A New Creation

The former Rite of Marriage (1969) has been significantly revised and updated into the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (1991/2016). We’ll continue to look at the introduction–the praenotanda in the professional lingo. It will give us important insight as to why Catholics celebrate weddings the way we do. Or should do.

Jesus initiates a return to marriage before the Fall. As the Church interprets, even better, an elevation to a sacrament, an encounter with the Lord himself:

5. Indeed Christ the Lord, making a new creation and making all things new,(Cf. 2  Corinthians 5:17) has willed that Marriage be restored to its primordial form and holiness in such a way that what God has joined together, no one may put asunder,(Cf. Matthew 19:6) and raised this indissoluble conjugal contract to the dignity of a Sacrament so that it might signify more clearly and represent more easily the model of his own nuptial covenant with the Church.(Cf. Gaudium et Spes 48)

The sacramentality is part of the foundation for the indissolubility. That quality is also part of the relationship of God with believers. Human beings might struggle in their marriages. And non doubt, we also can find our faith life more difficult, and at times, even absent from our intention. But the permanence of marriage reflects the persistent love of God for everyone who seeks him.


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 the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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