Your marriage is first and foremost a sacrament. Through your wedding vows, you will reveal the loving presence of God as revealed through Christ and His Church. Concentrating on the unity you will be bringing into your lives is essential for communion, friendship and your commitment; the blending of two people into one. But, quite frankly, what many couples are concerned about on their wedding day is how they will enter the church and making sure the groom does not see the bride until the last possible second before the ceremony begins.
The priest will help you plan your wedding liturgy and to look at the sacramental nature of this day. You are the essential symbol of the sacrament. You, your love, and your commitment to each other are the essential symbols and the liturgy is designed around this mystery. You are the minister of the sacrament, not the priest. You are the one who speaks the words that brings about the reality of the sacrament. Your consent made before God and before your loved ones make this a marriage.
Expressly created for St. Denis Parish Community, Diocese of St. Catharines, Ontario Canada.