Catholic wedding vows are usually preceded by three questions from the priest (The Order of Celebrating Matrimony #60):
“(Name) and (name), have you come here to enter into Marriage without coercion, freely and wholeheartedly?”
“Are you prepared, as you follow the path of Marriage, to love and honor each other for as long as you both shall live?”
“Are you prepared to accept children lovingly from God and to bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?”
The bride and groom respond “I have” or “I am” (The Order of Celebrating Matrimony #60).
Ask any married couple and they will tell you that marriage takes work. Ask them about raising a family and they will tell you it takes more work! The foundation for a happy and holy marriage and family is found in selfless love!
St. Michael’s Family Ministry is here to support and strengthen Catholic Marriages and Families.