WHAT IS CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE?
Marriage is a gift of God by which men and women are established in community with one another for their own nourishment, and for the nourishment of their families. It is God’s will that the relationship of marriage reflect the depth of love which Christhas for the Church. Therefore God promises to bless, comfort and sustain those who seek him in their marriage.
The Church announces God’s promise in a liturgy which begins marriage. In this service the church prays that God will be present to bless the marriages of Christian people, and promises its love, prayer and support.
In the Lutheran tradition, the Marriage Rite is a service of worship of the church. It belongs to the whole Church, not just to thebride and the groom. Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are bound by certain guidelines for the conduct of worship which have been formulated through centuries of Christian tradition and teaching. These are not arbitrary rulings, but are a matter of the collective teaching of the Church on the matter of the true meaning of worship.