OCM 6: Christ Fulfills A New Covenant

We continue our occasional examination of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (1991/2016), an update of the former Rite of Marriage (1969). Continuing with 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.

Paragraph six reminds us of the agency of Christ. A simple suggestion from a helpful mother leads to a generosity, gentle and extravagant. Isn’t that just like our God?

6. By his presence, Christ brought blessing and joy to the wedding at Cana, where he changed water into wine and so foreshadowed the hour of the new and eternal covenant: “For just as of old God made himself present to his people with a covenant of love and fidelity, so now the Savior of the human race” (Gaudium et Spes 48) offers himself to the Church as Spouse, fulfilling his covenant with her in his Paschal Mystery.

Thoughts?

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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