They say getting married is one of the biggest decisions in your life. And so it is. Yet everyone takes it for granted that it will all just work out. Every other big step in life we prepare for – work, health, where to live, hobbies. But we assume we can handle this deepest relationship with no difficulty.
Anyone who wishes to marry in St. Pauls is asked to make contact with the Priest or Deacon at least 6 months in advance of the hoped-for date,
to book up – to find out what paper-work is needed – to ensure that the pre-Marriage Course can be done – know the legal aspects – to sort out any impediments – and to know the meaning of the solemn vows.
The details of the Service are also discussed with the priest, who will try to make it your special day. Finally, there will be a rehearsal.
Much of the above is to do with the Contract of Marriage, both in Church and State Law. But what we offer is also the Sacrament of Marriage, which is more than a contract. It is a Covenant of Love, that is, a mutual pledge to love and serve each other for ever, in good times and bad; in sickness and in health; for better or for worse. As such, it is a mirror of God’s love, and a gift for ourselves, and also for everyone else, because it is life giving and forgiving, and a sign of hope that love conquers all, as God’s grace is sufficient.