Priest explains why Catholics can’t have beach weddings

Priest explains why Catholics can’t have beach weddings

Fr. Joel Jason, head of the Commission for Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila, explained the Genesis passage, shedding light on the essence of marriage, at the “Family is a Gift” conference held at the SMX Convention Center, June 16, 2018. NIRVA DELACRUZ

By Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz

June 28, 2018

PASAY City

If you’re a Catholic, forget about having a beach or garden wedding. A priest recently explained why.

According to Fr. Joel Jason, head of the Commission for Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Manila, the explanation is simple: to symbolize true love, weddings should be done “at the foot of the cross.”

“What is the symbol of romance? The heart and Cupid. What is the symbol of genuine love? … The man on the cross… This is the reason why we make the weddings not on beaches, not in gardens, we do it inside of the church, at the foot of the cross,” explained the priest who gave the first session of the “Family is a Gift” conference on Jun 16 at the SMX Convention Center.

Not Cupid

He said even the setting of the sacrament of matrimony is not incidental or arbitrary. “We are being reminded… that you have to leave yourself, you have to go out of yourself… [and be in] isolation, if you want your marriage to last and to continue.”

According to Jason, brides and grooms are called to imitate the steadfast love Jesus showed by dying on the cross.

“The real symbol of love is not Cupid and the heart [because] there will be a time when the heart will stop beating, but there will never be a time when the Man will come down from the cross,”

Various workshops

The priest, who also heads the parish of Our Lady, Mirror of Justice in Makati, said marriage is all about self-donation, “the nuptial gift of self.”

Organized by Couples for Christ, the “Marriage is a Gift” conference gathered thousands of couples and their families to learn more about the topics ranging from treating infertility naturally, sexual intimacy, financial wellness, among others.