A Service of Christian Marriage
Friends, we are gathered together in the sight of God to witness and bless the joining together of _____________ and _____________ in Christian marriage.
The covenant of marriage was established by God, who created us male and female for each other. With his presence and power Jesus graced a wedding at Cana of Galilee, and in his sacrificial love gave us the example for the love of husband and wife. _____________ and _____________ come to give themselves to one another in this holy covenant.
Let us pray, “God of all people, you are the true light illumining everyone. You show us the way, the truth and the life. You love us even when we are disobedient. You sustain us with your Holy Spirit. We rejoice in your life in the midst of our lives. We praise you for your presence with us, and specially in this act of solemn covenant; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
_____________ and _____________, I ask you now, in the presence of God and these people, to declare your intention to enter into union with each other:
_____________ , will you have _____________ to be your husband, to live together in holy marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live? I will.
_____________ , will you have _____________ to be your wife, to live together in holy marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live? I will.
Minister to people: The marriage of _____________ and _____________ unites their families and creates a new one. They ask for your blessing. Do you who represent their families rejoice in their union and pray God’s blessing upon them? If so, please say, “We do”. Will all of you, by God’s grace, do everything in your power to honor, encourage and support the commitment that _____________ and _____________ are making to one another here today? If so, please respond by saying, “We will”.
Reading by __________, _____________ ’s mother (13 Chapter 1st book of Corinthians).
Minister to couple: Will you please, as an expression that your hearts are joined together in love, now join hands?
Minister to groom: _____________ ,this woman whom you hold be the hand is to be your wife. She has given you one of the most sacred things under heaven: a woman’s life and a woman’s love. It is not what you bring her in a material way that will make true happiness; for riches without love are nothing. The gift without the giver is bare. Practice as a husband the virtues that you have shown as friend and lover so her heart will be won to your heart FOREVER.
_____________ , would you look into _____________ each others eyes and repeat after me:
_____________ , in the name of God, I take you to be my wife… from this time onward… to join with you, and to share all that is to come, to give and to receive, to speak and to listen, to inspire and to respond, and in all our life together, to be loyal to you with my whole being, as long as we both shall live.
Minister to bride: _____________ , this man whom you hold by the hand is to be your husband. Upon your life, your love, and your devotion he will lean for strength and inspiration. He is going to look to you for encouragement, for cheerfulness and for confidence. May your life and love be the inspiration that will constantly lead him to greater affection and devotion to you, his wife.
_____________ , would you look into _____________ s eyes and repeat after me:
_____________ , in the name of God I take you to be my husband, from this time onward to join with you, and to share all that is to come, to give and to receive, to speak and to listen, to inspire and to respond, and in all our life together, to be loyal to you with my whole being, as long as we both shall live.
You, _____________ and _____________, have pledged your devotion to each other. I must remind you, however, it is not these words what make your marriage real, but God who has welded your hearts together as one. From this point on you do not stay together simply because you love; you choose to love because you have made the commitment to be together.
Officiant to couple: What token of your love and affection have you to offer each other? May I have the rings? (Minister takes the rings).
These rings are an outward and visible sign, of an inward and spiritual grace, signifying to all the uniting of this man and this woman in holy matrimony through the Church of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Minister blesses the giving of the rings: Bless Oh Lord the giving of these rings that they who wear them may live in your peace and continue in your favor all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Minister gives the rings to the couple.
Officiant to Groom:_____________ , place this ring on _____________ s finger. Hold her hand and please repeat after me:
_____________ , I give you this ring as a sign of my solemn vow, with all that I am and all that I have, I honor you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Officiant to Bride: _____________ , place this ring on _____________ s finger. While holding his hand please repeat after me:
_____________ , I give you this ring as a sign of solemn vow, with all that I am and all that I have, I honor you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
You have declared your consent and vows before God and this congregation. May God confirm your covenant and fill you both with grace.
Minister to people: Now that _____________ and _____________ have given themselves to each other by solemn vows with the joining of the hands and the giving and receiving of rings, I announce to all of you that they are husband and wife. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. What God has joined let no man separate. Amen.
Bear witness to the love of God in this world, so that those to whom love is a stranger will find in you generous friends. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
_____________ and _____________, you may share your first kiss and husband and wife.