Sacrament of Matrimony

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, why is it that the ministers of the Sacrament are the bride and the groom, and not the priest or the deacon who officiates at the wedding?


A: It’s just the way we understand it. The couple confer the sacrament by giving their consent, and the priest or deacon is a witness. Marriage has to be a free act of the individuals, not something given them by someone else.