Liturgy of the Sacrament of Marriage in Lithuania in Wiłkawiszska Diocese

  • Miroslav Dovda Higher Theological Seminary in Kaunas
Keywords: family; marriage; canon law; liturgy of the sacrament


The matrimonial covenant by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life is not a legal arrangement. In the Catholic Church it has been raised to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptized. The teaching of the Church is unambiguous that marriage is a divine institution. It is therefore referred to as ‛covenant’ instead of the former ‛contract’. This is a sacrament, which to assist at marriage must be an appropriate external form – requires a liturgical rite. Therefore, the ecclesiastical legislator formulated a rule regarding the form of the celebration of marriage. Based on the author’s sociological and pastoral research, the study explores the practical side of celebration of marriage in Wiłkawiszska Diocese.

Author Biography

Miroslav Dovda, Higher Theological Seminary in Kaunas

Rev. Miroslav Dovda, Ph.D. – lecturer in Higher Theological Seminary in Kaunas


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