The Sacrament of Matrimony


All love comes from God, and all love reflects the love that God has for His creation. The Sacrament of Marriage is, first and foremost, a sign and symbol of this love. Marriage is a sacrament of the self-giving love which two people offer to each other. The love which a couple have for each other mirrors the love God has for men and women.


The minister of the Sacrament of Marriage is the couple themselves. The priest serves as a witness.


The joy and mutual support of married love can be a source of strength which enables married people to serve others in a very powerful way. It should spill out to their children and to those around them and become a source of life, hope and comfort for others. This is reflected in the blessing which the priest often gives the newly-married couples, saying:


"May you always bear witness to the love of God in this world, so that the afflicted and the needy will find in you generous friends and welcome you into the joys of Heaven."


Please contact the Parish Office at 01968 673 709 for more information or at least 6 months in advance to make arrangements.

Resources & Documents


          Information About Marriage


          Application Form

          Prayer Handout for Couples


          Information about Marriages in the Archdiocese of St Andrews              & Edinburgh










Marriage Preparation Courses 2019:


Marriage Preparation days will be offered at Gillis in 2019 on the following dates:


  • Saturday 2nd March;
  • Saturday 13th April;
  • Saturday 11th May;
  • Saturday 1st June.


Each of the days will run 10:30am-3:30pm. Tea and coffee will be offered on arrival, but couples are asked to bring a packed lunch. Details of the course are still in development but it will include presentations on the vocation to marriage and family life from Scripture and Church teaching, exercises in conflict resolution and communication, an introduction to natural family planning, and a look at the Marriage Rite.


The application form can be found here or in the Marriage & Families section of the Pastoral Governance page. Couples are asked to choose one of the dates on the form.


Once a date is full couples will be offered one of the other dates while places are available. Forms to be emailed to or posted to Kay Leslie, Archdiocesan Offices, 100 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BB


The course costs £30 per couple and payment details will be sent to the couples directly upon receipt of their application form. Confirmation of a place on a course will be notified on receipt of payment.


Please note that each of the days is limited to 20 couples and places will be given in order of receipt of payment.