In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Nicholas and Genevieve, today you wish to be joined in Matrimony. You must understand what this means. In our day and age people think of falling in love and get married. But just because you are in love is not the reason for your marriage, although is a wonderful thing to love and be loved. The purpose of your marriage is for the salvation of your souls. Some work out their salvation in one way, some in another. The estate of marriage is honorable, but only if it is for the purpose of you truly helping one another for the salvation of your souls. Now this doesn-t sound really romantic, but this is the purpose of your marriage: To work out your salvation together. I have learned through my experiences about my weaknesses and that my wife helps when I am weak and perhaps in some things that she was weak, I might have aided her. God works out these things, so that in every weakness you might have, you might help one another when you are weak. You will also learn something about yourselves in your marriage. You will be amazed how selfish you are and you will learn about truly giving up your will to another person. It is a very difficult task and it is not by accident that we sing the song of Isaiah and about the martyrs during the wedding because marriage is a kind of martyrdom; a self-imposed martyrdom done with a free and unconstrained spirit. But nonetheless it is martyrdom in that you give up your will to another person. It is a very difficult thing. When you are single, even if you live at home under some authority, it is not the same as living together and seeing things happen day in day out that you would rather have go a certain way or go differently, it is a very difficult thing to give up your will to another person. Marriage is honorable and is truly a high calling, a difficult calling, but God gives us help along the way. Your love for one another will help you and nourish you. You will have difficult times, you will have times when one or the other of you will be in some difficult spiritual state and some trial will be upon you - this is when your love will be really tested. The purpose of your marriage is to save your souls together. No longer are you apart, as it says in Scriptures, ?Man shall leave mother and father and cleave unto his wife and the two shall be one flesh.¦ You will be one, still two distinct personalities, still responsible for your actions individually, but for the purpose of living your life, now there should be two wills that are suffused into one will. Give up your will to one another. Genevieve, my daughter, you pass from my authority to another-s man-s authority. You are no longer under my house. Remember Nicholas- authority and to love him with all your heart. Nicholas, I entrust my Genevieve to you and your responsibility is to love her as Christ loved the Church. Give up your will to her, do not defer to her (or, maybe not your authority), but give up your will to her in any thing. Each of you must give up your will to one another. This is a difficult thing to say this because I don-t do a very good job of this myself, but I do know that the purpose of marriage is to grow together in Christ ??????????? Now if God blesses you with children, you must raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord so that they may become truly blessed, this is also a purpose for your marriage. May God grant it. Even if you did not have any children, the main purpose of your marriage is to live as a Christians. To love Christ with all your heart, to help each other when one is weak and the other is strong, to pray for one another, to pray with each other, to order your lives- priorities according to the precepts of the Gospel. To live a very chaste life together, accepting God-s gifts, but not abusing them. May God help you in this difficult time, but also joyful time. Never lose sight of the purpose of your life together is to work out the salvation of your souls. Friendship, the marriage bed, companionship, all these things are good, and important, and blessed by God, but none of them are of any help whatsoever for the soul unless you are striving to follow the commandments and you are pursuing them together with every breath you take. May God bless you and help you and teach you the meaning of marriage.