St Mary Lynton

SERVICE OF MARRIAGE


This is the actual service from the Book of Common Worship (with alternative texts).
Common Worship text is reproduced here by permission. © Copyright The Archbishops' Council of The Church of England.
http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship

NOTES and ALTERNATIVE TEXTS appear at the bottom of this page or click the relavent links
Bride's Text in Pink
Groom's Text in Blue


The Marriage Service Structure

Introduction

  • The Welcome
  • Preface
  • The Declarations
  • The Collect
  • Readings
  • Sermon

The Marriage

  • The Vows
  • The Giving of Rings
  • The Proclamation
  • The Blessing of the Marriage
  • Registration of the Marriage
  • Prayers
  • The Dismissal
   

The Marriage Service

    Introduction
   

The Welcome

   
The minister welcomes the people using these or other appropriate words
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you
All   and also with you.
     
    This sentence may be used
     
    God is love, and those who live in love live in God
and God lives in them.
1 John 4.16
     
    This prayer may be said
     
All   God of wonder and of joy:
grace comes from you,
and you alone are the source of life and love.
Without you, we cannot please you;
without your love, our deeds are worth nothing.
Send your Holy Spirit,
and pour into our hearts
      that most excellent gift of love,
that we may worship you now
with thankful hearts
and serve you always with willing minds;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.
     
    A hymn may be sung.
     
   

Preface

     
    These words or those provided here are used
     
    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 husband 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 in 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 of this 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.
     
   

The Declarations

     
    First, I am required to ask anyone present who knows a reason why these persons may not lawfully marry, to declare it now.
     
    The minister says to the couple
     
    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?
     
    He answers
     
    I will
     
    The minister says to the 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?
     
    She answers
     
    I will
     
    The minister says to the 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?
All   We will
   
   

The Collect

     
    The minister invites the people to pray, silence is kept
and the minister says the Collect
     
    God our Father,
from the beginning
you have blessed creation with abundant life.
Pour out your blessings upon N and N,
that they may be joined in mutual love and companionship,
in holiness and commitment to each other.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
All  
Amen
     
   

Readings

     
    At least one reading from the Bible is used. A selection of readings can be found HERE.
     
    Sermon
     
    The Marriage 
     
    A hymn may be sung.
     
    The couple stand before the minister.
     
   

The Vows

     
    The minister introduces the vows in these or similar words
     
    N and N, I now invite you to join hands and make your vows,
in the presence of God and his people.
     
    The bride and bridegroom face each other.
    The bridegroom takes the bride's right hand in his.
     
    These words, or those provided here, are used
     
    I, N , take you, N ,
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,
till death us do part;
according to God's holy law.
In the presence of God I make this vow.
     
    They loose hands.
     
    The bride takes the bridegroom's right hand in hers, and says
     
    I, N , take you, N ,
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,
till death us do part;
according to God's holy law.
In the presence of God I make this vow.
     
    They loose hands.
     
   

The Giving of Rings

     
    The minister receives the ring(s), and says this prayer or the prayer here
     
    Heavenly Father, by your blessing
let these rings be to N and N
a symbol of unending love and faithfulness,
to remind them of the vow and covenant
which they have made this day
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
     
All   Amen
     
    The bridegroom places the ring on the fourth finger of the bride's left hand and, holding it there, says
     
    N, I give you this ring
as a sign of our marriage.
With my body I honour you,
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.
     
    If rings are exchanged, they loose hands and the bride places a ring on the fourth finger of the bridegroom's left hand and, holding it there, says
     
    N, I give you this ring
as a sign of our marriage.
With my body I honour you,
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.
     
    If only one ring is used, before they loose hands the bride says
     
    N, I receive this ring
as a sign of our marriage.
With my body I honour you,
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 minister addresses the people
     
    In the presence of God, and before this congregation,
N and N have given their consent
and made their marriage vows to each other.
They have declared their marriage by the joining of hands
and by the giving and receiving of rings.
I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.
     
    The minister joins their right hands together and says
     
    Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder.
     
   

The Blessing of the Marriage

     
    The husband and wife kneel. The minister may use the following blessing or one of those provided here.
    Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
for you have created joy and gladness,
pleasure and delight, love, peace and fellowship.
Pour out the abundance of your blessing
upon N and N in their new life together.
Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts
and a crown upon their heads.
Bless them in their work and in their companionship;
awake and asleep,
in joy and in sorrow,
in life and in death.
Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that banquet
where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home.
We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. 
     
All   Amen
     
    The minister says to the couple
     
    God the Father,
God the Son,
God the Holy Spirit,
bless, preserve and keep you;
the Lord mercifully grant you the riches of his grace,
that you may please him both in body and soul,
and, living together in faith and love,
may receive the blessings of eternal life. 
     
All   Amen
     
     
     
     
     



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