(CCC 1601 - 1666)
"The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament." - CCC 1601
Effects of Marriage
Ordered to the generation and education of children
Ordered to the good of the couple, which includes the union of the spouses.
Sign of Christ's union with the Church, it empowers the couple to love each other. Establishes the "domestic church" of the home.