Matrimony is another term for marriage, but it is not just a synonym. According to the Modern Catholic Dictionary, matrimony “refers to the relationship between husband and wife than to the ceremony or the state of marriage.” That’s why the Sacrament of Marriage is the Sacrament of Matrimony. In the Catholic Church marriage is more than a natural institution as well. It was elevated by Christ Himself, in His participation in the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-11), therefore one of the seven sacraments. A marriage between two Christians has a supernatural element as well as a natural one. While few Christians outside of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches regard marriage as a sacrament, the Catholic Church insists that marriage between any two baptized Christians, as long as it is entered into with the intention to contract a true marriage, is a sacrament. Marriage is a practice common to all cultures in all ages. It is, therefore, a natural institution, and something common to all mankind. At its most basic level, marriage is the union between a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation, mutual support, and love.
Also Known As: Marriage, Holy Matrimony
At Saint Thomas couples planning to marry are expected to to meet several times with the priest or the Deacon who will preside at the wedding liturgy . The period of preparation required is at least 6 months to one year, so that all arrangements can be worked out well before the wedding. Either the bride, groom or our summer residence must be a registered member of the parish. Anyone interested should call the parish office (609-266-2123, ext. 3).