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A sacrament is any visible sign of Gods invisible presence Matrimony is a sacrament of vocation and commitment to a life of mutual love and service In the Roman Catholic Church the institution of holy matrimony was raised to the level of a sacrament due to the origin of the divine grace that made an indissoluble union the union of Christ with his Church as his mystical body The creation story in Genesis is the root of the Churchs understanding of the sacredness of marriage The Lord God said It is not good that a man should be alone Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife and they become one flesh Genesis 21824 God himself created marriage in the beginning His will that man should not be alone and command to be fertile and multiply Genesis 128 is directly linked to the union of husband and wife It is also from this command that marriage in the Old Testament functions primarily for the begetting of children to preserve the husbands clan The Old Testament Jews considered children to be so important to marriage that not having children was something of a curse Peninnah her rival would torment and humiliate her because the Lord have kept her from having children 1 Sm 16 Marriage was seen and understood to be holy by the Jews because they see the goodness and the presence of God in ordinary events of daily life holy It was also seen as a sign of the covenant of love between God and Israel where God is the lover and Israel is his bride Hos 31-5 Much of the teaching on marriage during the first century is based from the Old Testament For example Jesus quotes the Old Testament in affirming the divine origins of marriage So then what God has united man must not divide Mt 196 Jesus
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