What is the problem with a Catholic outdoor wedding? Believe it or not, the Catholic Church actually has some beautiful reasons as to why getting married outside the Church building is discouraged. The Church is not trying to ruin the plans for the day you have dreamed of for years just because they feel like it.
We can’t understand why the Church prohibits outdoor weddings until we take the time to reflect on the Sacrament of Marriage and what it means to be called by God to the vocation of marriage. Because of what media has instilled in us, we might be tempted to think that marriage is more about the celebration on the wedding day than a lifelong commitment to God and your future spouse.
Fr. Mike Schmitz provides excellent insight in the video that is featured today that will help you further understand the importance of getting married in the Church. Listen for the truth bomb he drops at 4:54, “…but this vocation is not about you.“
“As Catholics, we believe that marriage is a sacrament: a sacred moment given to us by Jesus. When you celebrate this wonderful Sacrament, we hold it in a space that is dedicated, sacred and consecrated. We have these three requirements because marriage is so important to us, so let’s take a look at each of them.
To be fair, there are circumstances in which the Bishop of a diocese may grant special permission for a couple to wed in another location, but that would only be for serious reasons. Most likely, your reason for desiring to be in the midst of God’s creation will not be a strong enough argument to sway your Bishop.
Pope Francis recently advised engaged couples to take time to prepare spiritually for their lives together.
“How beautiful, then, is the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in hope, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow,
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