After the recent amendments to The Marriage Act there is a need to reflect on the theology and liturgy of marriage. The author argues that the reformers’ teaching of the marriage as a secular institution does not imply that it’s not also a divine institution, but only that it belongs to the creation and not redemption. Based on a broader notion of sacraments than usual in a Lutheran context, the author argues that the instituted marriage between one man and one woman should be considered a sacrament. With regards to the liturgy this means that only the sacramental marriage can form part of the main marriage ritual of the church.

Keywords: Sacrament, Marriage, Prenter, Luther, Paul, Augustin, Liturgy of marriage, Monogamy, Sexuality, Marriage law