The idea of companionship and love in marriage is mentioned by St Paul, as is the view that the husband is lord and master of his wife: ‘So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself’(Ephesians 5:28). ‘Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body’ (Ephesians 5:22-3). A parallel is drawn here between the link between husband and wife and that between Christ and the Church, and is made even more explicit in the following verse: ‘Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it’ (Ephesians 5:25). On the basis of several verses in the New Testament (Matthew 5:31-2; Luke 16:18), matrimony was recognized as an indissoluble tie, like that between Christ and his flock.