The Marriage in Christ Seminar
Throughout the Marriage in Christ seminar, and especially on the fourth night, we pray for a renewal of the grace of the sacrament of marriage. It is as the Bishops say, “When Christian couples receive the grace of the Sacrament of Matrimony, Christ dwells with them, gives them the strength to take up their crosses and so follow him, to rise again after they have fallen, to forgive one another, to bear one another‘s burdens, to be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ, and to love one another with supernatural, tender, and fruitful love. By the power of the Holy Spirit, spouses become willing to do the acts and courtesies of love toward each other, regardless of the feelings of the moment. They are formed by the self-giving love of Christ for his Church as his Bride, and so they are enabled to perform acts of self-giving love to the benefit of themselves, their families, and the whole Church. The Sacrament of Matrimony, like the Sacrament of Holy Orders, is a sacrament ‘directed toward the salvation of others; if [these sacraments] contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so.’ Those who receive these sacraments are given a special consecration in Christ‘s name to carry out the duties of their particular state in life.”
From: “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan: A Pastoral Letter of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.”
“I saw my wife the way Christ sees her for the first time.”
“In the past we had been praying in parallel; now we are praying together. It is much more intimate.”
This 5 week seminar will take place on Thursday evenings, 7-9 pm, October 24th through November 21st in the Upper Room. The cost is $140 per couple. Registration will take place at after all Masses on October 13th and 20th.