What do the terms
matrimony, wedlock and nuptials signify?
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According to the
Catechism of the Council of Trent... (emphasis added)
matrimony (matris munus, office of mother) is derived from the fact that the
principal object which a female should propose to herself in marriage is to
become a mother; or from the fact that to a mother it belongs to conceive, bring
forth and train her offspring. It is also called wedlock (conjugium, a
yoking together) from joining together, because a lawful wife is united to her
husband, as it were, by a common yoke. It is called nuptials (nuptiae,
from nubere, to veil one's self), because, as St. Ambrose observes, the bride
veiled her face through modesty - a custom which would also seem to imply that
she was to be subject and obedient to her husband. [Col. 3:18: 'Wives, be
subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord.']"
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