7 Q-A. N°3/ Brother Philippe, what does marriage consist in?
We do not get married in two or three complementary phases but in only one phase. It is the father who gives or refuses his daughter in marriage, and the dowry is the only symbol of the marriage, not a ring or some paper but the dowry. And it is the ceremony of the dowry that gets marriage out of clandestinity.
8 And, I would like to say that I am not against the fact of going before the mayor but when you bypass the dowry and you go directly before the mayor, God cannot recognize that marriage except if the mayor is the father of your wife. [Ed: The congregation says, “Amen!”].