The call to love is “the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being.” In Ephesians 5: 25-33, Paul teaches that Christ made marriage a sign of His love for the Church. This means that a sacramental marriage lets the world see, in human terms, something of the faithful, creative, self-emptying, abundantly life-giving love of our Lord.
We are called by God to marriage and God blesses the relationship. Marriages take place in front of family and friends and the Church Community to not only declare the love between the couple to the world but also to request the community offer their ongoing support.
At times all marriages will experience difficulties, over a lifetime there will be many ups and downs. The Church recognises that in some circumstances people need more formal support to live out their vows. In Hexham and Newcastle diocese, the Church is in partnership with the organisation ‘Marriage Care’
Marriage Care offer a donation only relationship counselling service and specialise in helping couples build and sustain strong, fulfilling, healthy relationships, and the provide support in times of relationship difficulty. We urge those who are finding themselves in difficulty to seek the help of the Church Community and to make use of this professional service.
Find out more at https://www.marriagecare.org.uk/.