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Let us all stand for our Opening Prayer : 

Let us all stand for our Opening Prayer Almighty God, our Father, Source of life, love, and goodness we praise You and bless Your Holy Name. We humbly ask that your presence be in our midst this morning as we share a part of our lives to our dear brothers and sisters in Christ. May the light of the Holy Spirit guide our thoughts and words as we learn from one another as we speak about our lives as students and as a couple, and about our families. Loving Father continue to bless us in our endeavors so that we can accomplish Your work. Mother Mary protect us always with your mantle of love. St. Michael, our Guardian Angel guard us from the evil one. Amen. Glory be . . .



The Sacrament of Marriage : 

The Sacrament of Marriage What is marriage to you? How do you understand what marriage is all about?

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It all started in Day One, when in a Divine TrinitarianWill, God said, What is Marriage ?

Genesis 1:26-27 : 

Genesis 1:26-27 “ Let us make man in our image, in our likeness .. . . So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them.”

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And then, The Lord God said ,

Genesis 2:18 : 

Genesis 2:18 “ It is not good for man to be alone; I will give him a helper who will be like him.”

And so on Genesis 2:21-22 : 

And so on Genesis 2:21-22 “The Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the Man and he fell asleep. He took one of his ribs and filled its place with flesh. The rib which the Lord God had taken from man he formed into a woman and brought her to man.”

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Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife and they become one flesh.” The essence of marriage was mentioned from the beginning of time in the Sacred Scriptures. And again in the Gospel of St. Matthew 19:4-6, where the Lord Jesus Christ said,

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Matthew 19:4-6 “Have you not read that in the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said: Man has now to leave father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one body? So they are no longer two but one body; let no one separate what God has joined.”

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It is very clear then, that marriage is one of God’s plans for man even since the beginning of time.

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Two beings (male & female) meet and fall in love with each other and so unite themselves in God’s Grace for always in a definitive way, thus forming an inseparable (meaning always together), indissoluble (meaning permanent, unbreakable) and perpetual (meaning continuous, everlasting) union.. Marriage (in real sense) means:

Another Meaning of Marriage : 

Another Meaning of Marriage Marriage, therefore, means a lifelong commitment of genuine self-surrender. It calls for humility, fortitude, a spirit of sacrifice, and meekness to the graces which God always grants when they are asked for with simplicity.

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But others opted to twist God’s plan for us. They disobeyed God and they married their own kind (male & male, female & female, human and animal) . A reminiscence of the past, like Sodom & Gomorrah (Genesis 19) .

Homosexuals : 


Others are : 

Others are

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Our Government Leaders adhere to the demands of sin disguised as changes of time. Why? Because they themselves are hooked up in that predicament!

Matthew 19:4 : 

Matthew 19:4 “Have you not read that in the beginning the Creator made them male and female… ”

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Marriage is a divine value rooted in its being a sacrament, one of the seven sacred signs instituted by Christ. This sacrament confers an increase in sanctifying grace and in all the actual graces that are needed for the fulfillment of the vocation of parenthood, and these graces bring about an ever deeper union of man and wife in both soul and body, that they might live up to what they have promised in their marriage vows and to fulfill God’s plans for Mankind.

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Since we have mentioned that Marriage is one the seven Sacraments, let’s recall all the Seven Sacraments so that we can understand better the meaning of each.

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Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, as we are born of the water and the Spirit. 1. Baptism - is the first sacrament that helps us redeem ourselves from the (original) sins of our first parents-ADAM & EVE. Baptism is necessary for salvation (John 3:5), and conveys a permanent sign that the new Christian is a child of God. Jesus himself was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist (Mark 1:9-11). SEVEN SACRAMENTS

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1. Baptism is prefigured in the Old Testament through the saving of Noah and his family during the Flood (Genesis 7:12-23, 1 Peter 3:20-21), and Moses crossing of the Red Sea during the Exodus, (Exodus 14:1-22).

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2. Confirmation (or Chrismation) is the sacrament of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit whom Christ Jesus sent (John 16:7). Jesus instructed his Apostles that they "will receive the power of the Holy Spirit" and called upon the Apostles to be his "witnesses to the ends of the earth“ (Acts 1:8).

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3. Eucharist - is the "source and summit of the Christian life." The Paschal mystery of Christ is celebrated in the liturgy of the Mass. The Mass is the Eucharist or principal sacramental celebration of the Church, established by Jesus at the Last Supper,

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in which the mystery of our salvation through participation in the sacrificial death and glorious resurrection of Christ is renewed and accomplished. Eucharistia and missa both comes from the latin. Eucharista means thanksgiving, and the word Missa meaning "Mass” refers to the mission or sending forth of the faithful following the celebration, so that they may fulfill God's will in their daily lives.

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Jesus Christ gave his Apostles the power to forgive sins. The Sacrament is also known as the Sacrament of Forgiveness, Penance, or Reconciliation. The sacrament involves three steps: the penitent's contrition or sorrow for his sins, the actual confession to a priest and absolution, and then penance or restitution for your sins.

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The experience leads one to an interior conversion of the heart. Jesus describes the process of conversion and penance in the Parable of the Prodigal Son . (Luke 15: 11-24).

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5. Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Jesus to his Apostles continues to be exercised in the Church to the end of time. Thomas Aquinas makes the important point that only Christ is the true priest, the others serving as his ministers (Hebrews 8:4).

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Bishops are the successors of the Apostles, and priests and deacons are his assistants in rendering service. Men are ordained to the priesthood in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, as the sacrament confers upon the priest the character to act in the person of Christ (in persona Christi).

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6. Marriage The union of man and woman is marriage. The natural language of the human body is such that the man gives to the woman and the woman receives the man. The love and friendship between a man and a woman grow into a desire for marriage. The sacrament of marriage gives the couple the grace to grow into a union of heart and soul,

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to provide stability for themselves and their children. Children are the fruits and bond of a marriage.. (Psalm 127:3)

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7. The Anointing of the Sick is the Sacrament given to seriously ill Christians, and the special graces received unite the sick person to the passion of Christ. The Sacrament consists of the anointing of the forehead and hands of the patient with blessed oil,

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with the minister saying, "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.”

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We significantly see the importance of marriage as our Lord Jesus Christ performed his first miracle at the wedding at Cana.

Ephesians 5: 21-24 : 

“Be subject to one another out of respect for Christ. Let wives be subject to their husbands, as husbands to the Lord. The husband is the head of his wife, as Christ is the head of the Church, his body, of whom he is also the Saviour. And as the Church submits to Christ, so let a wife submit in everything to her husband.” Ephesians 5: 21-24 The Sacrament of Matrimony shows God’s love for man. St. Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians tells us that marriage is a sign of relationship between Jesus and His Church. And that relationship is a great mystery.

Ephesians 5:25 to 27 : 

Ephesians 5:25 to 27 As for you, husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her. He washed her and made her holy by baptism in the Word. As he wanted a radiant Church without stain or wrinkle or any blemish, but holy and blameless, he himself had to prepare and present her to himself.

Ephesians 5:28-30 : 

Ephesians 5:28-30 In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they love their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. And no one has ever hated his body; he feeds and takes care of it. That is just what Christ does for the Church, because we are a part of his body.

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Scripture says: Because of this a man shall leave his father and mother to be united with his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a very great mystery, and I refer to Christ and the Church. As for you, let each one love his wife as himself, and let the wife respect her husband. Ephesians 5:31-33

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1 Sacrament of Marriage is a life long commitment where the couple work together toward the good of one another, to procreate and educate their offsprings and to give good example to their children as their responsibilities before God. The sacrament helps them fulfill their obligations of love that they have towards each other and towards their children. It also makes them more understanding, forgiving, considerate, and helpful.

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Likewise, marriage is where man and the woman establish a contract based on their free and conscious decision to form an intimate community of life and love which God himself desired. Here a private pact is confirmed in public as unique and exclusive so that it may be realized in complete fidelity to the plans of our Divine Creator.


RITE OF MARRIAGE (Name of Wife) Did you come here on your own free will to bind yourself forever in the love and service of your husband? (Name of Husband) Did you come here on your own free will to bind yourself forever in the love and service of your wife? Are you both ready to raise as good Christians the children whom God will give you?


EXCHANGE OF CONSENT Together: Grant us O Lord, to be one heart and one soul from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer in sickness and in health, until death do us part. (Name of Wife), do you take (name of husband) here present, for your lawful husband according to the rites of our Holy Mother, the Church? Do you give yourself to him as wife? Do you accept him as your lawful husband? Confirmation of the Marriage Bond – (Priest) And I, by the authority of the Church, calling on all those present here as witnesses, confirm and bless the bond of marriage which you have contracted. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Amen.)

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This exchange of vows between spouses is the moment where they offer their entire lives to each other and where they stand at the altar with God between them. And later on in the reception where we gather our relatives, friends and guests to dine with us, the real meaning to it - is a way of witnessing the sealing of a covenant, a covenant of marriage. Yes, it is just like in heaven where there is always a celebration and a banquet.


MARRIAGE IS A CALL TO SELF- SACRIFICE Is to abandon their selfish ways. To compliment each other that will bring them to discover a fresh and attractive way of life.

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Husband and wife will be happy together if they learn to overcome selfishness and love of comfort, if they avoid seeking personal compensations for every sacrifice they make, and if they know how to give without expecting anything in return. To achieve all this, it will greatly help them to remember that whatever they do for the love of their spouse is reckoned by Christ as actually done to himself.

Matthew 25:40 : 

Matthew 25:40 “The King will answer, Truly, I say to you: whenever you did this to one of the least, to my brothers, you did it to me.”

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The couple must remember that sacrifice is what ennobles a person. It is what makes one mature and rise to the heights of virtue-for only man can set noble goals for himself, climb the narrow road to true happiness, and share at the same time his joy and good companionship with others. For this reason strengthened by grace for holiness of life, the couple will painstakingly cultivate and pray for steadiness love, large-heartedness and the spirit of sacrifice.

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The Magisterium of the Church teaches us that the purpose of marriage lies in the begetting and upbringing of children, personal enrichment of the spouses to one’s life, as some would put it, for the sake of God. This is the way, however, that leads the spouses to truly love each other and to identify themselves with Christ’s new commandment :

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“Love one another as I have loved you.” This is how the love for spouses opens the door to God’s love; and the children are the fruit of this love. Children are God’s gift to parents who freely and intelligently cooperate with him to bring new life into the world. John 15:12


PROBLEMS YOUNG PEOPLE FACE TODAY: The sacrament of marriage is not given importance now a days. The externals are more important, meaning, being able to have a grand wedding. Young couples save money to accomplish their dream of a grand wedding. In the meantime they are already living together through civil rites and worse with a child. The moral ethics of our human race has gone down, affected by modern ways through the examples we see in Tri-media. (Print, TV, radio & the latest is through internet).

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This is why on a recent survey regarding marriages, it revealed that there was a significant drop of Church weddings by 30 percent as compared to 2007 figures. While on the contrary Civil rites have increase by over 20% as compared to the figure of 2007. This is the reason why the Catholic Church emphasizes the importance of marriage with Church rites because through the sacrament of marriage it is the only way couples will receive the graces and blessings of Christ Jesus.

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1 Jesus Christ raised Marriage of the baptized individuals to the dignity of a sacrament. He made sacramental Marriage a life long, sacred union of husband and wife, by which they give themselves in complete surrender to each other and to Christ as the third partner in every sacramental Marriages. Christian marriage is a union of a man and a woman who agree to embark on a special journey through sharing of one’s life, love, and Christian faith with God as the travelling companion. Who raised Marriage to the dignity of Sacrament?

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1 Through this grace, the couple perfects their love and strengthens their union so that they can effectively help each other -struggle to be holy in their married life and (to properly bring up their children who are the fruit of their mutual self-giving. It is Christ Himself who seeks them out. He is there to lift them up and help them forgive each other and to bear each other’s burden with patience and understanding.) of existence which they must undertake together, where one always lives for the other. It seeks the love of God together, discovering him in each other and to aspire to live a full Christian life. In order to help us reach our journey towards perfection, God gave us the supernatural and moral values.


SUPERNATURAL VIRTUES 1. FAITH – A person who lives by faith is characterized by constant optimism and good humor in the face of difficulties. A man of faith knows that God never deprives him of his grace as long as we do all we can humanly possible and at the same time pray to him to fill in that which is already beyond our strength and resources. He judges events and things in the eyes of God. St. Paul says “ we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him”.

2. HOPE : 

2. HOPE A Christian couple launch themselves into marriage convinced that Christ awaits them at the end of the road. They may encounter problems, face setbacks or meet even tragedies but the important thing is not to lose heart but to trust in God. We are assured that God keeps his promises to those who believe in him. Rom 15:13,.“May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace in the faith, so that your hope may increase greatly by the power of the Holy Spirit”


3. CHARITY Is the most important virtue. Married life is built on love and should be adorned with virtues that spring from love. 1ST Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient, kind, without envy. It is not boastful or arrogant. It is not ill-mannered nor does it seek its own interest. It does not take delight in wrong, but rejoices with the truth. Love excuses everything, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

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can improve a person to have a positive impact on family life and through the practice of these virtues, a person becomes mature and therefore helps bring peace to the home. MORAL VIRTUES


1. PRUDENCE Know how to hold your tongue. Complaint or reproach can be saved for a better or right time. Plan upbringing of children. Discern matters. Sirach 26:13-15 “A wife’s grace gladdens her husband and her prudence refreshes his body. A wife who knows how to be silent is a gift from the Lord; the well-trained wife is invaluable. A modest wife is a favour among favours; the chaste wife is priceless.”.


2. FORTITUDE To stand tall in the face of problems and to avoid conflicts. To avoid complaining when unpleasant things arise. Sirach 30: 21-23 – Do not give yourself over to sadness or torment yourself with brooding. Joy of heart is life to a man; gladness gives him length of days. Delight your soul and console your heart; chase sorrow far away, for sorrow has destroyed many and never did good to anyone.


3. TEMPERANCE To temper one’s words and angry reactions. Must be able to communicate in a positive way and never thinks that he is always right. Sirach 30: 24-25 – Jealousy and anger shorten your life, worry makes you old before the time.

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4. JUSTICE – fair in treatment of family members.

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free surrender of self to the will of God and the readiness to comply with the reasonable requests of another. It also means abiding by the laws of the church and state. 5. OBEDIENCE


6. HUMILITY Closely related to obedience. To serve others without expecting to be thanked. To be able to hide one’s tiredness instead to being fussy, bossy or overbearing, one tries to be gentle, approachable and to serve without show. He also knows how to apologize and make amends. Esteems the good points of other people.


7. SPIRIT OF DETACHMENT AND POVERTY Does not mean depriving one’s self of material possessions. One’s heart is not tied down by any material possession or intellectual or artistic pursuit. They do not get hysterical when things get lost or destroyed. They can take the public utility when they can’t actually use the family car. They generously share their material prosperity no matter how little or great.


8. SPIRIT OF SACRIFICE This means knowing how to take any discomfort or annoyance with a cheerful and good humored attitude. It is a normal thing to experience misunderstandings and difficult moments in one’s marriage, which is why one has to be virtuous to take it all in stride. Only then shall peace reign in the home and only then shall God’s presence be more readily felt. As a consequence, it will be easier to follow Christ more closely and to abide in him. Whoever is burdened by sorrow and pain one must remember that our Redeemer asks us to be patient in bearing our troubles and to offer them up to him. And when the burden is simply unbearable, he invites us: Matthew 11:28-30

Matthew 11:28-30 : 

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all of you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is good and my burden is light.”

A Call To Total Surrender : 

A Call To Total Surrender Pope John II in one of his letters to the Latin America, acknowledges the urgent need for a widespread catechism of the Christian ideal of conjugal communion and of family life, which includes the spirituality of fatherhood and motherhood. The Pope sees the urgency of paying greater pastoral attention to men’s roles as husbands and fathers, as well as to the responsibility they share with their wives in marital and family duties and in the education of the children.

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We should not overlook the serious preparation our young people need before getting married, which is to impart to them clear Catholic doctrine about theological, spiritual and anthropological aspects of the sacrament of Matrimony. (Ecclesia in American no.46) Marriage is a major event in the life of the many. It is an act that is specific and important to human beings. God’s only rational creation.

To end this talk the Commission on Family Life, Archdiocese of Jaro would like to repeat the statement of the late Pope John Paul II, that : : 

To end this talk the Commission on Family Life, Archdiocese of Jaro would like to repeat the statement of the late Pope John Paul II, that : The history of mankind, the history of salvation passes through the family. The family is placed at the center of great struggle between good and evil, between life and death, between love and all that is opposed to love. To the family is entrusted the task of striving, first and foremost, to unleash the forces of good, the source of which is found on Christ, the redeemer of man. Every family unit needs to make these forces their own so that, “The Family will be strong with the strength of God.” (Pope John Paul II, Letter to Families.) Thank you very much and GOD BLESS!

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