Catholic Dictionary

Term

EPHESIANS, EPISTLE TO THE

Definition

One of the instructional letters of St. Paul, written from Rome sometime during his first imprisonment (A.D. 61-63). Most likely it was a circular letter whose them is the union of all the faithful with and in Christ, as members of his one Mystical Body. Its reference to matrimony as a mystery that implies the union of Christ and the Church (5:32) has made this epistle the classic source of the Church's doctrine on the sacrament of marriage.