Marriage is a Gift from God
Jesus sets the greatest example of unconditional, self-sacrificial love – a model that husband and wife can seek to follow in the way they love one another, each putting the other’s needs first. At the heart of the marriage ceremony is the making of vows and the giving and receiving of rings, in which a couple make a public declaration of lifelong commitment to love each other, ‘for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer’.
Christians believe that a loving marriage provides the proper context for sexual intimacy and a secure environment for bringing up children. Marriage also provides important stability within the wider community.
Marriage is a gift of God through which husband and wife may grow together in the knowledge, love and service of God. It is given that, united with one another in heart, in mind and in body, they may increase in love and trust. God joins husband and wife in life-long union as the foundation of family life (in which children are born and nurtured and) in which each member of the family, in good times and in bad, may find strength, companionship and comfort, and grow to maturity in love. Marriage enriches society and strengthens community.From the Church in Wales Marriage Service