Assurances of Pardon

THE CELEBRATION AND BLESSING OF MARRIAGE

Dearly beloved: we have come together in the presence of God to witness and bless the joining together of this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony. The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation, and our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by His presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and His Church, and Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all people.

The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and , when it is God's will, for the procreation of children and their nurture is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.

Into this holy union [name of bride and name of groom] now come to be joined. If any of you can show just cause why they may not lawfully be married, speak now; or else for ever hold your peace.

I require and charge you both, here in the presence eof God, that if either of you know any reason why you may not be united in marriage lawfully, and in accordance with God's Word, you do now confess it.


THE DECLARATION OF CONSENT

[Name of the bride], will you have this man to be you husband; to live together in the covenant of 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?

The bride answers, "I will." [Name of the groom], will you have this woman to be your wife; to live together in the covenant of 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?

The groom answers, "I will."

Celebrant addresses congregation, Will all of you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold these two person in their marriage?

People answer, "We will."


THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD

Celebrant, The Lord be with you.

People answer, "And also with you."

Let us pray.

O gracious and everliving God, you have created us male and female in your image: look mercifully upon this man and this woman who come to You seeking Your blessing, and assist them with Your grace, that with true fidelity and steadfast love they may honor and keep the promises and vows they make; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Lay reader, Scripture to be read: Ephesians 5:1,2,21-33


THE MARRIAGE

Couple Holding Hands

Groom: In the name of God, I [name of groom], take you [name of bride], to be my 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, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

Bride: In the name of God, I [name of bride] take you [name of groom], to be my 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, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

Celebrant: Bless, O Lord, this ring to be a sign of the vows by which this man and this woman have bound themselves to each other; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Groom: [Name of bride], I give you this ring as symbol of my vow, and 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.

Bride: [Name of groom], I give you this ring as symbol of my vow, and 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.

Celebrant: Now that [name of bride and name of groom], have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of a ring, I pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder. Amen


THE PRAYERS

All standing,

Let us pray together in the words our Savior taught us.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
Thy kingdom com, 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.

Let us pray.
Grant that your will may be done on earth as it is in heave; where, O Father, with your Son and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign in perfect unity, now and forever. Amen


THE BLESSING OF THE MARRIAGE

You may invite those who wish to lay on hands come forward to do so at this point.

Most gracious God, we give you thanks for your tender love in sending Jesus Christ to come among us, to be born of human mother, and to make the way of the cross to be the way of life. We thank you, also, for consecrating the union of man and woman in his Name. By the power of your Holy Spirit, pour out the abundance of your blessing upon this man and this woman. Defend them from every enemy. Lead them into all peace. Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; in their sleeping and in their walking; in their joys and in their sorrows; in their life and in their death. Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that table where your saints feast for ever in you heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


THE PEACE

Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People: And also with you.

Celebrant: You may kiss the bride.

I would like to introduce to you, Mr. And Mrs. [name(s) of husband and wife]

(From Book of Common Prayer, 1979)


Prayer for the Gift of the Holy Spirit

O God, almighty, all-good, and all-wise, who from the beginning didst see that it was not good for man to be alone, and therefore didst create for him a companion, and didst ordain that the two should be one: We beg of thee, and humbly request, that since it hath pleased thee to call these persons to the holy estate of marriage, thou wouldst of thy grace and goodness bestow on them thy Holy Spirit, in order that they may in holiness abide in faith, true and firm, according to thy good will, surmounting all bad affections, living purely, and edifying each other in all honesty and chastity. Give thy blessing as thou didst to thy faithful servants Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, that through their children they may praise and serve thee, teaching them and bringing them up to thy praise and glory, and the good of their neighbor, through the advancement and exaltation of thy holy gospel. Hear us, Father of mercy, through our Lord Jesus Christ, thy very dear Son. Amen.

Calvin, 1542; Taken from Prayers of the Reformers compiled by Clyde Manschreck