traditional times, today, the Portuguese wait a long time to get married,
usually until they are almost thirty.
Most people still get married in church,
and that means the Catholic Church. After a quick course, consisting
of a few lectures by the priest, the wedding can take place. To get
married though you must have been baptized.
August is when
most of the weddings occur because of the emigrants who come back at this
time. The streets are filled with cars honking their horns and the
restaurants are booked solid for the reception parties.
THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY OF
We are gathered here thisto unite this manand this woman in the bonds of holy
matrimony which is an honorable estate. Into this, these two now come to
If anyone present can show just and legal cause why
they may not be joined, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.
Who gives this woman to this man?
(MAN), will you have this woman
as your lawful wedded wife, to live together in the estate of matrimony?
Will you love her, honor her, comfort her, and keep her in sickness and in
health; forsaking all others, be true to her as long as you both shall
live? (I will).
(WOMAN), will you have this man as
your lawful wedded husband, to live together in the estate of matrimony?
Will you love him, honor him, comfort him, and keep him in sickness and in
health; forsaking all others, be true to him as long as you both shall
live? (I will).
BEHOLD the symbol of wedlock. The perfect circle of
love, the unbroken union of this man and this woman united here today. May
you both remain faithful to this symbol of true love.
Please join hands and repeat after me (man first, while
placing ring on proper fingers).
I,, takeas my wedded wife, to have
and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or
for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death
do us part.
I,, takeas my wedded husband, to
have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for
richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish,
till death do us part.
For as much asand have consented together in
wedlock, and have witnessed the same before this company of friends and
family, and have given and pledged their promises to each other, and have
declared the same by giving and receiving a ring, and by joining hands.
to the Scriptures, the proper mode of baptism is immersion. "And
Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water"
(Matthew 3:16). "And they went down both into the water, both
Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him" (Acts 8:38). "Therefore
we are buried with him by baptism into death" (Romans 6:4). A
corpse is not buried by placing it on top of the ground and sprinkling a
little soil on it, but by covering it completely.
to the World Book Encyclopedia, "At first all baptism was by
complete immersion" (vol. 1, p.651). And the Catholic Encyclopedia
states, "In the early centuries, all were baptized by immersion in
streams, pools, and baptisteries" (vol. 2, p.263). Immersion was
not convenient after the Catholic church instituted infant baptism; thus
the mode was changed to sprinkling. (See Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th
ed., vol. 3, pp.365-66.)
identifies us with the death of Christ, and baptism identifies us with
His burial. Coming forth from the watery grave of baptism and receiving
new life in the Holy Spirit identifies us with His resurrection.
is the Christian Baptism?
is a sign of God´s love, and together with the Eucharist was given to
the Church by Jesus himself. Jesus was baptised in the River
Jordan by John the Baptist, and he spoke about the need for us to be
born again in order to enter into life with God. Baptism is about being
born again into God´s family, the Church.
is how we enter Church membership, and is the beginning of our Christian
journey, our new life in Christ. Parents and Godparents, of
children being baptised, make promises to encourage and guide the
children so that they may grow in their understanding of the Christian
faith. It is the Church´s hope that when the child becomes an adult, he
or she will be able to reaffirm the faith in the Confirmation.
Baptism and Confirmation are linked; therefore, adults are Baptised and
Confirmed during the one service.
are four main symbols used during the service:
The Sign of the Cross is made on the forehead in oil to show a
belonging to Christ, and the link made with Christ forever;
The threefold ‘washing’ in the water of baptism in the
name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as a sign of new life in the
Risen Lord and of the cleansing of the past;
Anointing with olive oil blessed by the bishop, reminding us of the
wider Church to which we now belong, and of the special calling of
our Christian vocation;
The baptismal candle reminding us of the light of Christ, and that
Christians go out in that light, seeking the light and life of the
into God´s Kingdom
Bible, Jesus says that believers enter the Kingdom of God. God’s
Kingdom is not only the place we hope to enter on death, but encompasses
our life on earth too. At our Baptism we enter God’s eternal Kingdom,
and it is important that Christians nurture their relationship with God
through prayer and worship with other Christians, and a life which puts
God at the centre of all that they do. Parents and Godparents have a
special role in teaching the child to pray, and reminding them of the
significance of their baptism. In accompanying a child on the spiritual
journey an adult can be surprised by the insights that they gain, and it
can be the start of a new life for them too.