Marriage in Christian understanding is basically a vocation, a call, an invitation with a solid purpose and effect. Therefore, before one enters into marriage one has to find out whether one can live a marital life. Christianity values marriage very highly and that union of man and woman in holy matrimony is seen as representing the union between Christ and the church (Eph 5:22-33). The love of the couple brings them closer to God and closer to an understanding of God’s love for his creation.
In the light of CIC 1015 & CCEO 776 a canonical definition of marriage can be formulated thus: “Marriage between the baptized is a covenant, which has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament, by which a man and a woman, by their personal consent, establish between themselves partnership of their love whole life, and which of its own nature is ordered to the well being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children.
The provision of CIC 1015 & CCEO 776 are based on the sources of LG 11,41; GS 48; AA 11; and Humane Vitae 8.