Christian Wedding

This wedding ceremony is out of the Book of Common Prayer and has been used for over 500 years. Talk about tradition…

Formal Christian vows that are popular as in a church style wedding are here below:

Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted of God, signifying unto us the mystical union that is between Christ and his Church: which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee, and is commended of Saint Paul to be honorable among all men: and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.

also speaking unto the Persons who are to be married, he shall say, I REQUIRE and charge you both, as you will answer at the day of judgment when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, that if either of you know any reason, why you may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, you do now confess it. For be well assured, that if any persons are joined together other than as God’s Word doth allow, their marriage is not lawful.

Minster shall say to the Man,___________Wilt thou have this Woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as you both shall live?

The Man shall answer, I will.

Then shall the Minster say unto the Woman,___________Wilt thou have this Man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honor, and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as you both shall live?

The Woman shall answer,I will.

Then shall the Minister say,Who giveth this Woman to be married to this Man?

The Minister, receiving the Woman at her father’s or friend’s hands, shall cause the Man with his right hand to take the Woman by her right hand, and to say after him as follows.

I __________ take thee __________ to my wedded Wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.

Then shall they loose their hands; and the Woman with her right hand taking the Man by his right hand, shall likewise say after the Minister,

I __________ take thee ________ to my wedded Husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.

Then shall they again loose their hands; and the Man shall give unto the Woman a Ring: the Minister taking the ring shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman’s left hand.

And the Man holding the Ring  will repeat after me

WITH this Ring I thee wed: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

And, before delivering the Ring to the Man, the Minister may say as follows, BLESS, O Lord, this Ring, that he who gives it and she who wears it may abide in thy peace, and continue in yur favor, unto their life’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. And the Man holding the Ring will repeat after me

WITH this Ring I thee wed: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

And, before delivering the Ring to the Woman, the Minister may say as follows, BLESS, O Lord, this Ring, that she who gives it and he who wears it may abide in thy peace, and continue in your favor, unto their life’s end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

the Minister shall say, Let us pray.

Then shall the Minister and People, still standing, say the Lord’s Prayer.

OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Then shall the Minister add, O ETERNAL God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind, Giver of all spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life; Send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this Man and this Woman, whom we bless in thy Name; that they, living faithfully together, may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (whereof this Ring given and received is a token and pledge,) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then the Minister may add, O GOD, who hast so consecrated the state of Matrimony that in it is represented the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt Christ and his Church; Look mercifully upon these thy servants, that they may love, honor, and cherish each other, and so live together in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home may be a haven of blessing and of peace; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Then shall the Minister join their right hands together, and say, Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder. Then shall the Minister speak unto the company.

INASMUCH as __________ and _________ have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a Ring, and by joining hands; I pronounce that they are Man and Wife, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. The Man and the Wife kneeling, the Minister shall add this Blessing.

GOD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favor look upon you, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace; that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.
And now, for as much as you have made your vows, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving your rings, I pronounce that you are husband and wife. [groom], you may kiss your bride!
“Dearly Beloved”,
“We are gathered here today in the sight of God, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments.”

“To give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our blessings to the words which shall unite ____________ and ___________in holy matrimony”

“Marriage is an honorable estate, created by God, and signifying unto us the mystical union between a man and a woman, which also exists between Christ and the Church.”

______________and ____________, only love will maintain a marriage. Mankind did not create love, love is created by God. Love is freely given and freely accepted, just as God’s love of us is unconditional and free.”

“As you travel through life together, I caution you to remember that the true measure of success, the true avenue to joy and peace, is to be found within the love you hold in your hearts. I would ask that you hold the key to your heart very tightly.”

VOWS
“Would you please face each other and join hands.”__________do you take_________to be your wife? Do you promise to love, honor, and protect her, forsaking all others and holding only to her?” (“I do”)

____________do you take __________ to be your Husband? Do you promise to love, honor, and protect him, forsaking all others and holding only to him? (“I do”)

“I, ___________ take you __________ to be my wife. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you till death due us part.”

“I, ____________take you __________ to be my Husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you till death us do part.”

CORINTHIANS 13 – the love chapter

“A marriage ceremony represents one of life’s greatest commitments, but also is a declaration of love. I wish to read to you what Paul wrote of love in a letter to the Corinthians.”

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”

EXCHANGE OF THE WEDDING RINGS

“Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace, signifying to all the uniting of this man and this woman in marriage.”

_________ place the ring on ___________, and repeat after me.”

“With this ring, I thee wed. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

____________ place the ring on _____________, and repeat after me.”

“With this ring, I thee wed. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

EPHESIANS 6

“___________, show reverence for your own husband, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church.”

“______________, love your wife, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it.”

“For this cause shall man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

CHARGE THE COUPLE

“____________and ____________, as the two of you come into this marriage uniting as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another.”

PRAYER

“Dear heavenly Father, Our hearts are filled with great happiness on ____________ and ____________, wedding day, as they come before You pledging their hearts and lives to one another. Bless this union we pray, and walk beside them throughout all their lives together. AMEN”

PRONOUNCEMENT AS HUSBAND AND WIFE

_____________and __________, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Matrimony, have promised your love for each other by these vows, the giving of these rings and the joining of your hands, I now declare you to be husband and wife.”

“May the Good Lord bless you and keep you, giving you peace, joy and happiness throughout your lives.”

“Congratulations, you may kiss your bride.”

“I present to you

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