Vows {Lent Reflection}

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I was recently asked about my plans for wedding vows; traditional or something more personal. I was contemplating quickly in my head and had a profound thought, really more of an aha moment. Yes vows are very important and I would argue that traditional (biblical) vows are quite personal but more importantly I was already in an agreement of vows with God. Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t have connected the dots of Lent with this question; maybe it was the lack of chocolate for the last few weeks that gave me some clarity. Either way, I started thinking about how my daily spiritual vows and current commitment to Lent influence my feelings about marriage vows.



I know this series has covered what marriage means to me but I wanted to just make a note that my Vows to my future spouse have an important meaning not just to those that will witness our union but to me personally. Vows are kind of the point of the whole wedding shindig (even though it takes the least amount of time).

Catholic Wedding Vows (in a nut shell)

Priest: “The Couple” have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?

Priest:  Will you honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?

Priest:  Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?

Bride: I, take you, to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life. Take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Cue: Prayer, Mass (the Liturgy of the Eucharist)

The words that stand out to me the most are:  honor, love, fidelity, and God! Those words are the most important for me.  We are agreeing to this commitment of honor, love, and faithfulness to each other and most importantly to God. And we do so of our own free will!  To me it truly outlines what your goals should be for the longevity of your marriage; support for highs and lows care in sickness and health, compassion and integrity with each other (for each other), Love always and promising to God to do as you were taught.  
Not sure what we will do (our vows will probably be a mix of box traditional and non-traditional moments) but no matter what I will mean what I say! Vows are more than just words; it’s a promise and oath that comes from the soul.

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