Traditional Catholic Wedding Vows, (And Other Vows), Are For Life

God will hold us accountable for every word that we have said.  I have heard that every word spoken by human beings, through out time, is actually somewhere in the atmosphere, (the sound waves created as these words are spoken)?

A_005_Wedding_PdeV1-31to2-6_01God, not only will ask us for a strict account of every word we have spoken, He will, even more so, hold us to our vows.  The popes, the cardinals, the bishops, the religious, the priests, the lay people who are consecrated, husbands and wives, have all made vows witnessed by the Church, and way more importantly, by God.

When the Synod tried to push Holy Communion for people who had already made wedding vows, and then have broken them by adultery in an other “marriage”, God knows all about their FIRST WEDDING VOWS.  God does not have amnesia.  Neither does everyone else that was present at the marriage, (the couple, the priest, the two witnesses and all the other family and friends whom attended the couples Sacramental marriage).

Countess+Caroline+de+Lannoy+Wedding+Prince+wDA8hkiXLWUlIt is not I, nor the Catholic Church, who made the Sacrament of Marriage holy and indissoluble.  It was none other than God Himself at the beginning of time and again was reiterated by Jesus.  “The two shall become one flesh.”  “Let no man divide what God has united.”

No synod, no pope, no married person, no priest, absolutely no one, can divide what God has already united.  Married people can break up, divorce and “marry” again.  Anyone in the Church that tries to say that this is alright and that they can receive Holy Communion while living in this adulterous relationship, is blaspheming.   And for those who do receive Holy Communion in an adulterous relationship, they are making a sacrilegious communion.  God truly does take all our words and vows a FACE VALUE.

Rosso_Marriage of Virgin_Florence, S. lorenzo_1523The traditional Ritual for the Celebration of Holy Matrimony begins with an introduction, an exhortation to couple, before they make their life long vows in Holy Matrimony.  The pope and synod bishops would have done well to have studied this before they tried to undermine Holy Marriage, (and the family which is held secure by the marriage vows).  Here is what it says:

“My dear friends: You are about to enter into a union which is most sacred and most serious.  It is most sacred, because established by God Himself; most serious, because it will bind you together for life in a relationship so close and so intimate, that it will profoundly influence your whole future.  That future, with its hopes and disappointments, its successes and its failures, its pleasures and its pains, its joys and its sorrows, is hidden from your eyes.  You know that these elements are mingled in every life, and are to be expected in your own.  And so not knowing what is before you, you take each other for  better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death.

 

Truly, then, these words are most serious.  It is a beautiful tribute to your undoubted faith in each other, that recognizing their full import, you are nevertheless, so willing and ready to pronounce them.  And because these words involve such solemn obligations, it is most fitting that you rest the security of your wedded life upon the great principle of self-sacrifice.  And so you begin your married life by the voluntary and complete surrender of your individual lives in the interest of that deeper and wider life which you are to have in common.  Henceforth you belong entirely to each other; you will be one in mind, one in heart, and one if affections.  And whatever sacrifices you may hereafter be required to make to preserve this common life, always make them generously.  Sacrifice is usually difficult and irksome.  Only love can make it easy; and perfect love can make it a joy.  We are willing to give in proportion as we love.  And when love is perfect the sacrifice is complete.  God so loved the world that He gave His Only begotten Son: and the Son so loved us that He gave Himself for our salvation.  “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

 

No greater blessing can come to your married life than pure conjugal love, loyal and true to the end.  May, then, this love with which you join your hands and hearts today, never fail, but grow deeper and stronger as the year go on.  And if true love and the unselfish spirit of perfect sacrifice guide your every action, you can expect the greatest measure of earthly happiness that may be allotted to man in this life.  The rest is in the hands of God.  Nor will God be wanting to your needs; He will pledge you the life-long support of His graces in the Holy Sacrament which you are now going to receive.”

 

1938 WEDDINGThank God for these traditional teachings on Catholic marriage contained in the traditional wedding ceremony.  Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi.  Marriage is extremely difficult.  Any false prayers or teaching undermines marriage and with very little effort, marriages begin to crumble.

I would like to ask all of you who are married and reading this blog to print up these instructions and discuss them with each other.  Remember that is says that God will be there with you throughout your married life till death.  That means in the good times and the bad, sickness and health, poverty and wealth.  We are so fortunate to be traditional Catholics and to have this divine wisdom to help us get through this “vale of tears” to heaven.