Stay-at-home Catholics & Matrimony
Stay-at-Home Catholics can still get married
Dear Soul, We understand your concerns about the difficulty as a stay at home Catholic knowing how to marry your loved ones.
Many of the stay-at-home Catholics we know feel the same way. However, what many of them found was that doing what they believed our faith requires was the right thing to do, no matter how painful it might have been.
Be encouraged, we need not marry our family members, if we are doing the marrying, in any way but a Catholic way. If possible, find the Marriage Service in The Saint Andrew Daily Missal in my store, and use it to conduct the ceremony with at least two witnesses.
Christian marriage is a sacrifice. “The bridal pair are themselves ministers of the Holy Matrimony to each other, and like Christ and His Spouse, they are, so to speak the altar, its priest and victim alike.” St. Andrews Missal, p. 1876
Christian marriage is also a sacrament. “In the same way, that in the language of Bossuet, Holy Communion ‘is the perfect accomplishment of Christs’s divine marriage’ in which together with His Body, Our Lord gives us His divine life, the sacrament of Matrimony is for the husband and wife, a communion of life, physical, intellectual and moral, ennobling them both, at it will ennoble all their children who are the continuation of themselves.” St. Andrews Missal, p. 1876
Marriage and Baptism are the only two sacraments that do not require a priest.
People can still marry today, even though there is no priesthood in the world. Marriage does not require the presence of a priest when no priest is available (canon 941).
We are certain, there are no true priests available in the world today.
However the 1917 Code of Canon law as stated below, requires two witnesses to be present. (Note: The 1983 “Code of Canon Law” is an invalid modernist book that does not concern us and has no authority over true Catholics)
1917 Code of Canon law #941: “If the pastor or Ordinary, or a priest delegated by either, according to Canons 1095 and 1096, cannot be had or the parties cannot go to him without great inconvenience, the following rules are to be observed :
- In danger of death marriage may be validly and licitly contracted in the presence only of two witnesses; even apart from the danger of death marriage may be contracted without the presence of an authorized priest, if it can be prudently foreseen that this state of affairs, namely the difficulty to have an authorized priest witness the marriage, will continue for a month. (Two important modifications of the “Ne Temere” are contained in this Canon, first that in danger of death marriage can be contracted without a priest before two witnesses, and, second, that in places where a priest cannot be had or the parties cannot go to him, they need not wait for a whole month, if there is good reason to judge that the same conditions will continue for a month.)”
- “In either case, if there is another priest not delegated, for instance on vacation or a visit, who can be present, he should be called and together with the witnesses assist at the marriage, but only the two witnesses are necessary for validity.”