The Seven Sacraments
Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law:
Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony.
What God Has Joined
Marriage is a sacramental covenant that lasts until death. The covenant between husband and wife signifies the covenant between Christ and his Church. Just as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her, Christian spouses strive to give of themselves mutually and sacrificially, loving one another in faithfulness and charity.
A man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for all aspects of life. By its nature, marriage is ordered toward the good of both spouses and the procreation and education of children. Children are the supreme gift of Marriage -- they contribute to the good of the parents themselves.
In the Sacrament of Matrimony, the love between a man and a woman is strengthened and blessed in the presence of the Church's minister and the community. The couple declares their intention to enter into Marriage, and they declare their consent before God and his Church. The Church receives their consent, rings are blessed and given, and the couple receives the Nuptial Blessing.
Why Marry in the Church?
The celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony in a Catholic church confers the blessing of Christ and his Church on a marriage. It seals and ratifies the union between husband and wife, helping the couple to lead holier and fuller lives.
Priests and deacons provide sacramental preparation for engaged couples, including formation on the Church's teaching regarding marriage, the family, and the Rite of Matrimony.
The Office of Matrimonial Concerns and Dispensations at the Diocese of Charleston helps priests and deacons working with couples who require premarital dispensations, dispensations from canonical form, and permissions concerning marriage.
Resources and More Information
For Your Marriage (USCCB, for engaged and married couples)
Matrimony (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
To speak with a priest or deacon about getting married at Christ Our King, please contact the Parish Office (843-884-5587).
Couples planning a wedding at Christ Our King should visit the Wedding Music page.
Marriage outside the Church
Are you married outside the Catholic Church with a desire for your marriage to become a sacrament?
PATHWAYS™ offers insight into the process of having a marriage blessed by the Church. Participants learn about sacramental marriage, convalidation, annulments, and the steps to an exchange of vows.
Visit the PATHWAYS™ website for info.