Sacrament of Matrimony
The liturgy of the Sacrament of Marriage in the Church is full of beautiful symbols and blessings. Discerning this sacrament as a divine calling for you is more crucial than one’s consideration of many well-known social benefits of marriage. The Church believes and teaches marriage as “a special sacrament” for “the duties of marriage in mutual and lasting fidelity”  and “mutual help and service” between a baptized man and a baptized woman in the unique, life-long partnership of total and mutual self-giving love. Marriage and married love are by their nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring, so that a man and a woman by their union in Christ are “no longer two, but one flesh” (Matt. 19ff).
 Liturgy of the Sacrament of Marriage.
 Gaudium et Spes, 48.
At this time everyone must wear a mask during
the Wedding Service. The Bride and Groom may remove
their masks ONLY when they kiss!
Frequently Asked Questions
Congratulations! The first step is to contact your local Catholic parish. If both of you are Catholic, you may contact either one of your parish priests. Your pastor will schedule a series of interviews with you and your fiancé in order to prepare you pastorally for marriage.
Canon 1127 §3 of the Code of Canon Law forbids a double celebration of the same marriage for the purpose of giving or renewing matrimonial consent. The Catholic Church could arrange to recognize the non-Catholic ceremony as sufficient. Talk with your priest first.
We cannot guarantee that a Catholic priest can officiate your wedding. Generally speaking, betrothed couples are advised to make arrangement with their local Pastor at least one year before their tentatively planned date of marriage. If either of you were previously married in the Catholic Church, then you must consult the Marriage Tribunal about your situation: the Church maintains that the new union cannot be recognized as valid if the first marriage is valid. In addition, a special Second Marriage Preparation Course by Catholic Family Services of Ottawa is mandatory.
 Marriage, Ritual and Pastoral Notes (CCCB), no. 21, p.18.
To learn more about the Sacrament of Matrimony, these resources may help:
- Pope Francis:
- ➤Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:337-350.
- ➤The Code of Canon Law: 1055-1165.
- ➤Catholic Organization for Life and Family
- ➤Pontifical Council for the Family
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|1. Lohengrin Bridal Chorus
2. bwv645 Wachet auf die
3. Handel Arioso
4. Handel Hornpipe
5. Mendelsohnn Wedding March
6. Mouret Rondeau
7. Purcel trumpet voluntary
8. Te Deum (shorter)
|9. Wagner Wedding March
10. Te Deum (longer)
11. bwv29 Cantata
12. bwv208 Sheep may safely
13. bwv147 Jesu joy
14. Schubert Ave Maria
15. Handel Rigaudon
16. Pachebel Canon Dm