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God's love becomes present to the spouses in their total union and also flows through them to their family and community.

A black and white photo of a bride and groom holding hands at the alter.

In the Sacrament of Matrimony, a man and a woman are united in such a way that they become one flesh, each belonging to one another. Matrimony is a celebration of a lifelong commitment of faithful love. Living together in marriage is not the only way in which people love one another, but marriage is certainly the supreme example of human love.


During a marriage ceremony, the couple administers the sacrament to each other through the exchange of promises. 

One of the purposes of the Sacrament of Matrimony is to help the partners in this life as they work to live in faithfulness to God. Their love for each other is a reflection of the enduring love between Christ and his Church, and it provides them with a glimpse of the divine love that awaits them in Heaven.

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