The essay title I’m meant to writing about is:
What theological themes should emerge within the preparation of couples for marriage and how might these influence the contents of a preparation course?
I find myself intrigued to know how much people think of marriage as sacrament, and where the sacrament within marriage lies, within solely the marriage service (undertaken by a priest) or continuing between the couple throughout their married lives? (Possibly an essay title in itself!)
I’ve been reading the online excerpts of “Marriage after Modernity – Christian Marriage in Postmodern Times” (because I can’t find a hard copy to borrow at short notice) and was intrigued first by the statement that marriage is
“a Christian sacrament, unique among sacraments because it is the only one which is administered by lay people to each other without a priest.”
Equally the author acknowledges that “marriage was not designated a sacrament of the church, equal in status to all the others until the Council of Verona in 1184”, and that Calvin and Luther didn’t regard marriage as sacramental because “it did not confer forgiveness of sins”.
All these thoughts leave me slightly confused, so I set them aside and go on my CMD weekend. If you kind readers have any thoughts I would appreciate them via the comment facility to peruse on my return.
Birding note – still got Redwings on the field by the Red Cross centre, and thinking they probably need to migrate somewhere soon?!