The Institution of the Holy Mystery
From the beginning God Himself instituted the Holy Mystery of Marriage, for:
“God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth… Therefore, a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh”
(Genesis 1: 27-28a, 2:24).
The Lord Jesus Christ confirmed this plan of God which had its origin at the beginning when He said
““For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”. So, they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder’”
(Matthew 19: 5-6).
The Church confirmed the sacramental character of Marriage by putting it in the context of the mystery of salvation. The unity between male and female becomes an image of the unity between Christ and his Church (see Ephesians 5: 31-33).
The blessing of the Church is obligatory in order to perform the Mystery of Marriage and Marriage should be accomplished in a correct and ecclesiastical manner as stipulated by the canons of the Church and by civil law.
Marriage is an Ecclesial (Church Community) event and not just a matter for families. Marriage is an event that transcends the bridal couple and concerns the whole Church. Therefore, Marriage is subject to Ecclesiastical (Church) law, and it complies with the civil law particular to each region.