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The Holy Trinity is a community of persons sharing completely in one another's lives although separate individuals. Since we are made in his image, share in God's life and with every spiritual gift under heaven, we too are meant to share God's love and ours with others.
Matrimony is the second of the social sacraments after Reconciliation and sanctifies the love that a man and a woman share with each other. This human love is again a partaking in the divine nature of God himself as St. John tells us, "God is love".
Matrimony is the only sacrament that is confected by laymen. The bride and groom bring this sacrament into being with the vows they pronounce.
Through Matrimony the couple also enrich the church with children and strengthen the community with the graces and example of their love and vocation.