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Catechism in a Year

Saturday, November 03, 2018




343. How is the sacrament of Matrimony celebrated?

Since Matrimony establishes spouses in a public state of life in the Church, its liturgical celebration is public, taking place in the presence of a priest (or of a witness authorized by the Church) and other witnesses.

Further reading: CCC 1621-1624


344. What is matrimonial consent?

Matrimonial consent is given when a man and a woman manifest the will to give themselves to each other irrevocably in order to live a covenant of faithful and fruitful love. Since consent constitutes Matrimony, it is indispensable and irreplaceable. For a valid marriage the consent must have as its object true Matrimony, and be a human act which is conscious and free and not determined by duress or coercion.

Further reading: CCC 1625-1632, 1662-1663




These excerpts are from the Compendium of the CCC.
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