Sacraments at the Service of Communion
Sacramental Norms and Policies of the Archdiocese of Washington, issued in 1995, address the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, Sunday Mass, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, Holy Orders and Funeral liturgies. For further information regarding the Sacramental Norms and Policies of the Archdiocese of Washington, contact the Office of Worship of the Archdiocese of Washington, 301-853-4594.
SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION
(Holy Orders and Matrimony)
“Two other sacraments, Holy Orders and Matrimony, are directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so. They confer a particular mission in the Church and serve to build up the People of God.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1534
Sacrament of Holy Orders
The Office of Worship, the Office for Priestly Vocations and the Office for the Diaconate of the Archdiocese of Washington collaborate in the preparation and celebration of the rites of Ordination.
Sacrament of Matrimony
A couple wishing to marry should contact their parish or deacon no later than six months prior anticipated date of the wedding. The purpose of this period is to involve the couple actively in a process through which they can judge not only their readiness to marry, but also their ability to communicate on vital issues. Preparation time allows the couple to come to a deeper knowledge of each other and of the sacrament they will receive, including the reasons for its indissolubility.