A Sacramental Marriage
Some people may say, “Father Alex married us.” This is incorrect. In matrimony, the bride and the groom administer, or confer, the sacrament to each other in the presence of a witness, who most commonly is a Catholic priest. The Catholic Church normally requires a marriage to take place during Holy Mass. The consent of the spouses is the necessary piece of the sacrament. The consent means “a human act by which the partners mutually give themselves to each other” (CCC #1627). If there is no consent, there is no marriage. The priest, or deacon, receives the consent of the spouses in the name of the Church and gives the bride and groom the blessing of the Church.