The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878


Two other sacraments, Holy Orders and Matrimony, are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1534

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Photograph of bride placing ring on groom's finger

Matrimony – perhaps surprisingly – is not merely ‘tying the knot’: this sacrament mirrors Christ’s relationship to His bride, the Church. Filled with immense symbolism and significance, it is – as the Catechism of the Catholic Church says – ‘the… covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptised persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament’ (n. 1601).

The Catechism places Matrimony in the final place, the last of the seven sacraments: as a mirror of the Love between Christ and the Church, it is made manifest each day in acts of kindness, compassion, self-giving and nurturing.

The following books may be of interest if you would like to learn more:

Catholic Marriage Care has produced a helpful guide for those intending to celebrate Matrimony in the Catholic Church.