On Receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony Unworthily

On the Need of Confession before Sacramental Marriage

By Fr. Charles Nwora Okeke:

On Receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony Unworthily: “We commit a mortal sin of sacrilege if we knowingly received the Sacrament of Matrimony unworthily in a state of mortal sin; just as is the case with a priest who offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in a state of mortal sin.”

It is necessary that we receive the sacrament of Matrimony worthily, and this means that we have to be in a state of grace (free of mortal sin). This is so that the Sacrament may effect an increase of sanctifying grace in us; and also that we may receive the special help of God to love each other faithfully, to bear with each other’s faults, and to bring up our children properly. We commit a mortal sin of sacrilege if we knowingly received the Sacrament of Matrimony unworthily in a state of mortal sin; just as is the case with a priest who offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in a state of mortal sin. However, the marriage remains valid but the sin and the sacrilege must later be confessed in the Sacrament of Penance and an absolution obtained.

The Catholic Church is the forgiving, loving and perfect Mother.

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