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The following is used in WELCOME and INTRODUCTION at the beginning of the MARRIAGE SERVICE

In the presence of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we have come together
to witness the marriage of N and N,
to pray for God's blessing on them,
to share their joy
and to celebrate their love.

Marriage is a gift of God in creation
through which man and wife may know the grace of God.
It is given that as man and woman grow together in love and trust,
they shall be united with one another in heart, body and mind,
as Christ is united with his bride, the Church.

The gift of marriage brings husband and wife together
in the delight and tenderness of sexual union
and joyful commitment to the end of their lives.
It is given as the foundation of family life
in which children are [born and] nurtured
and in which each member of the family,
in good times and in bad,
may find strength, companionship and comfort,
and grow to maturity and love.

Marriage is a way of life made holy by God,
and blessed by the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ
with those celebrating a wedding at Cana in Galilee.
Marriage is a sign of unity and loyalty
which all should uphold and honour.
It enriches society and strengthens community.
No one should enter into it lightly or selfishly
but reverently and responsibly in the sight of almighty God.

N and N are now to enter this way of life.
They will each give their consent to the other
and make solemn vows,
and in token they will [each] give and receive a ring.
We pray with them that the Holy Spirit will guide
and strengthen them,
that they may fulfil God's purposes
for the whole of their earthly life together.

Priest to groom:

N, will you take N to be your wife? Will you love her, comfort her,
honour and protect her, and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you
both shall live?

Reply:

I will.

Priest to bride:

N, will you take N to be your husband? Will you love him, comfort
him, honour and protect him, and, forsaking all others, be faithful
to him as long as you both shall live?

Reply:

I will.

Priest to congregation:

Will you the families and friends of N and N, support and uphold
them in their marriage now and in the years to come?

Reply:

We will.

Priest to groom and bride in turn:

I N, take you, N,
to be my [wife] [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, [to love cherish and obey]
till death us do part,
according to God's holy law.
In the presence of God I make this vow.

Priest to groom and bride in turn:

N, I give you this ring
as a sign of our marriage.
With my body I honour you,
and all that I am I give to you,
and all that I have I share with you,
within the love of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Proclamation

The Blessing of the Marriage

The Registration (this may be at the very end)

The Prayers, including 'Our Father.......'

The Final Blessing


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