The Sacrament of Marriage
The decision to marry is one of the great decisions of life. We believe that the union of two persons is “intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity,” and, should it be God’s will, for the gift of children.
Marriage is a sacrament, an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, administered to one another by the couple. The focal point of the sacrament is the wedding ceremony, but the sacramental nature of marriage involves infinitely more. “Therefore, marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.”
Couples applying to be married at the cathedral are understood to be seeking the fullness of the sacrament in the blessing of God on their relationship.
Please note that marriages are not traditionally celebrated in Advent and in Lent because these are penitential seasons during which times festal liturgies, such as weddings, are not appropriate. Diocesan policy is that weddings during Advent or Lent should only happen in the case of serious, pressing, compelling pastoral need.
Please be assured that our good wishes and prayers are with you for your marriage and that the Church and its ministry will always be ready to assist you whatever your need may be.
For more information regarding the sacrament of marriage, contact a member of the clergy.
Planning a Wedding at the Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral offers a beautiful setting for the celebration and blessing of a marriage. A wedding is both a joyful and solemn covenant of faith and love. In the celebration and blessing of a marriage, two people make their vows before God and the Church and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.
We ask that couples allow adequate time for the counseling and instructions required for this sacrament.