As we mutually affirm and encourage the use of these guidelines, we pray to the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, to pour forth all gifts upon the Church and we pray for all those who enter into Lutheran-Catholic marriages. Erdahl Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis The Feast of Pentecost June 4, 1995An Official Document of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Minneapolis and Saint Paul Synods and The Roman Catholic Church Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis 1995Permission to copy only the complete document is granted. You are planning to be married and begin your life together.
Through the ages God continues to bless in marriage those who enter into this covenant with prayer and who live it out in faith.
It is willed by God for human good and happiness through the physical and spiritual union of a man and a woman.
This is set forth in Genesis -24, where God provides Eve as a companion for Adam; Adam expresses joy in having her has a companion and that joy is fulfilled in their union as one flesh.
The Church wishes to deepen your understanding of how Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh, blesses and calls you to share together in a new life.
As Lutherans and Catholics, you have both been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
These can be summarized under three major headings.
But most especially we hope and pray that it will be a source of help to those who are to enter into Lutheran Catholic marriage.
Your faith is a gift from God which joins you with God and calls you to a life of discipleship.
Furthermore, as Catholic and Lutheran, you are not just individuals, but together you participate in churches with traditions of faith and doctrine; of hope and promise; of love and sacrifice.
Marriage is also willed and blessed by God for the continuity of the human race.
This theme is evident in the biblical injunction that man and woman are to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis ) and in those stories such as Genesis 24:1-67.