In the pastoral constitution of the Second Vatican Council, “The Church in the Modern World” (Guadium Et Spes), the Church speaks of marriage as both a vocation and a ministry. The teaching of the Church holds that the love between spouses is a covenant relationship with God. The nature of Christian marriage speaks directly of the equality and dignity of this love, and the permanence that it must possess. Both men and women have been created in the image and likeness of God and so have been given their equality and dignity by the creator. (St. Michael the Archangel Wedding Manual, Rev. William Tindall).
In Christian marriage the bond between man and woman is to reflect Christ’s love for the Church. This is the vocation of marriage, to serve one another selflessly. The ministry of this vocation is to care for one another with compassion, forgiveness and understanding just as Christ cares for the Church. This loving concern becomes the foundation of a lasting marriage relationship. (St. Michael the Archangel Wedding Manual, Rev. William Tindall)
If you are a Catholic but were not married in the church, you can receive the Sacrament of Matrimony through convalidation.
Different ways to receive and live the Sacrament of Matrimony are:
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. In includes three degrees: episcopate (bishop), presbyterate (priest), and diaconate (deacon). CCC #1536 . LEARN MORE