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Christian Marriage

Length - 6:23
Published - Dec 2013
Keystage(s) - 2 and 3

Christian Marriage – Emily’s mum recently got married, and it got her thinking: what does marriage mean for Christians? So with the help of her mum, her new step dad and the vicar who performed the ceremony, Emily talks us through the wedding video.

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Component 2: Thematic studies -Theme A - Relationships and families - The nature and purpose of marriage.



Area of Study 3 – Section 2 - Living the Catholic life - Christianity - The importance and purpose of marriage for Catholics: the significance of marriage in Catholic life; Catholic teachings about marriage, including Not Just Good, But Beautiful by Pope Francis; divergent Christian, non-religious (including atheist and Humanist) attitudes to the importance of marriage in society, including the sanctity of marriage, a lack of importance, cohabitation and the Catholic responses to these attitudes.

Area of Study 1 – Section 2 - Family life - Christianity - The importance and purpose of marriage for Christians: Christian teachings about the significance of marriage in Christian life; the purpose of marriage for Christians including Mark 10:6–9; divergent Christian and non-religious (including atheist and Humanist) attitudes to the importance of marriage in society; including the sanctity of marriage, a lack of importance, cohabitation and Christian responses to these attitudes.



Component Group 2–Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world from a religious perspective - relationships and families - religious teachings about the nature and purpose of families in the 21st century, sex, marriage, cohabitation and divorce. Issues related to the nature and purpose of families; roles of men and women; equality; gender prejudice and discrimination.



PART B- Theme 1: Issues of Relationships - Relationships



Component 1 (Route A) Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Studies in the Modern World - Christianity - Theme 1: Issues of Relationships - Relationships -The nature and purpose of marriage as expressed through Christian marriage ceremonies in Britain and teachings: Mark 10:6-8 and the Church of England Synod

Christian Marriage

Emily         Hi. I'm Emily. Last week my mum got married at our local church. It was a great day. I was a bridesmaid and got to wear an amazing long, like, dress. But I want to find out what the ceremony really meant and why marriage is important for Christians like my mum.

Emily         I've come to speak to my mom and stepdad to ask them questions about why it was important for Christians to get married.

Katrina      We wanted to show our commitment in front of God, our friends and family.

Emily         Were you nervous before the wedding?

David        I wasn't nervous. I wasn't nervous at all.

Katrina      He was nervous.

David        I was nervous. You keeping me waiting for 25 minutes, didn't make me nervous at all.

Emily         What was your favourite part about the wedding?

David        Walking down the aisle together.

Katrina      Yeah. Yeah, I think that-

David        On the way out

Katrina      I think that was nice actually, being because we were separate to begin with, and then we combined and walked down the aisle ourselves. So yeah, I quite enjoyed that.

Emily         This is the church where my mum got married. Traditionally, the bride walks up the aisle to meet the groom who is waiting with the vicar and the best man.

Penny Sawyer My name is Penny Sawyer. I am the vicar here at Saint Albans Church in Dagenham.

Emily         After the vicar welcomes everyone, we say a prayer and sing a hymn.

Penny Sawyer In the presence of God, father, Son and Holy Spirit, we have come together to witness the marriage of David and Katrina.

Emily         Why is it important for Christians to get married?

Penny Sawyer Christians look to the Bible as their, sort of, the text that teaches them how to do things, and if you remember right at the beginning of the Bible in the book of Genesis, God creates Adam, and Adam is very lonely, so God creates Eve to be a partner and and a helpmate and to go through life together. So, that's really the foundation of family life that a man and a woman come together and they live their lives faithfully together.

Emily         After the prayers, the vicar stands here and tells us a little bit about what marriage is.

Penny Sawyer It enriches society and strengthens community. No one should enter into it lightly or selfishly, but reverently and responsibly in the sight of Almighty God.

Emily         I know usually brides get married in white, but my mum got married in red. Does that matter?

Penny Sawyer That doesn't matter at all. The most important thing is that you have the man and the woman who wants to be married, and you have two witnesses. So actually all you need is five people minimum, but you had a big family wedding, didn't you? With lots and lots of people.

Emily         After that there is a Bible reading. My uncle read a passage which talks about how people should behave when they're in love, and how they should treat each other.

Emily's Uncle  Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honour the master. Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don't take advantage of them.

Emily         Then the vicar gives a sermon. Penny talked about love and marriage.

Penny Sawyer Marriage is a gift from God to all of us. Couples are intended to find delight in each other.

Emily         Now we move on to the really exciting bit. The vicar turns to the couple and asks them to hold hands and vow that they love each other and will look after each other.

David        I, David Vincent Humber.

Penny Sawyer Take you, Katrina Anne Emerson.

David        Take you, Katrina Anne Emerson.

Penny Sawyer To be my wife.

David        To be my wife.

Katrina      I Katrina Anne Emerson.

S4              Take you, David. Vincent. Tumba. Thank you. David. Vincent. Thank you. To be my husband.

Penny Sawyer Take you, David Vincent Tumba.

Katrina      Take you David Vincent Tumba.

Penny Sawyer To be my husband.

Katrina      To be my husband.

Emily         Why do Christians use wedding rings?

Penny Sawyer Just because it's traditional. You don't have to have wedding rings, and sometimes just the bride will have a ring, not the groom. Um, it's quite symbolic because it goes round and round and round forever, so it's a sign of everlasting love. Heavenly father, by your blessings. Let these rings be to David and Katrina, a symbol of unending love and faithfulness.

Penny Sawyer Katrina. I give you this ring.

David        Katrina. I give you this ring.

Penny Sawyer As a sign of our marriage.

David        As a sign of our marriage.

Emily         They are pronounced husband and wife, and they normally kiss.

Penny Sawyer In the presence of God, and before this congregation. David and Katrina have given their consent and made their marriage vows to each other. They have declared their marriage by the joining of hands and by the giving and receiving of rings.

Emily         When the ceremony is over, family and friends got together to have a party. Often speeches are made and there was a wedding cake, but today I've learned that the most important thing is that God is there to blessing the couple and their love for each other. For me, it's great because I have an even bigger family.