Summary: Marriage service

Who blesses this Marriage? Thank you! Be seated

Dearly beloved: We are assembled here in the presence of God to join ------------ and -------------- in Holy Matrimony, which is instituted by God, regulated by His commandments ,blessed by Jesus Christ and to be held in honor among all people.

God has instructed all who enter into this relationship to cherish a mutual esteem and love for each other, to bear with each other’s infirmities and weaknesses; to comfort each other in sickness, trouble and sorrow; to provide for each other, and for their household; to pray for and encourage each other in things which pertain to God; and to live together as the heirs of the grace of life. Reading

We read in 1 Corinthians 13:1-8

13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails. Reading

The holy estate of Matrimony signifies to us the mystical union between Christ and his Church, therefore, it is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, discreetly, soberly, and in the love of God.

Ephesians 5:21-28

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

If you then, -----------------have freely and deliberately chosen each other as partners in this holy estate, and know of no just cause why ye should not be united would you face one another and join right hands.

------------do you take ------------ to be your husband, to love him, to cherish him and to continually bestow upon him your hearts deepest devotion? I Do

-------- do you take ----------- to be your wife, to love her, to cherish her, and to continually bestow upon her your hearts deepest devotion? I Do

(women) repeat after me-(man) I take you as my husband, to

(man) repeat after me-(women) I take you as my wife, to

Love and to cherish, to have and to hold, for richer or poorer, for better for worse, in sickness and in health, in sadness and in joy, to share our lives together, from this day forward.

What tokens of your love and devotion do you have to offer one another? Rings minister receives rings Pray

Father in heaven bless these rings as a symbol of this day and the vows taken. Father bless ---------------------lives as they are joined today in one unbroken circle, may they find in one another the love for which all men and women yearn. May these rings forever symbolize the spirit of love that is in both of their hearts. In Jesus name, Amen

(women)in placing the ring on (man’s) left hand repeat after me

(man) in placing the ring on (women’s) left hand

Repeat after me

--------------- With this ring I thee wed and give to you as a pledge of my love, and a symbol of our unity... Prayer

Most merciful and gracious heavenly Father, bestow upon these thy servants the seal of thine approval, Bless them to fulfill, with pure and steadfast affection, the vow and covenant between them made this day. Guide them together, we pray, in the paths of righteousness and peace, serving and loving thee with one heart and one mind, all the days of their lives, in Jesus name Amen

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