A Traditional Wedding Ceremony
(The bridal party has joined the groomsmen on stage. The bride enters with father (or other) and stands with her father until released.)
Dearly beloved: we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the presence of these witnesses, to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony, which is an honorable estate, instituted of God in the time of man's innocency, signifying unto us the mystical union that exists between Christ and His church. This holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with His presence and first miracle that He wrought, in Cana of Galilee, and St. Paul commended as being honorable among all men. It is, therefore, not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God.
Into this holy estate these persons present now come to be joined.
(Addressing the couple)
(Groom)___________ and (Bride) ______________, I require and charge you both as you stand in the presence of God, to remember that the commitment to marriage is a commitment to permanence. It is the intent of God that your marriage will be for life, and that only death will separate you.
If the vows you exchange today be kept without violation, and if you seek always to know and do the will of God, your lives will be blessed with His presence, and your home will abide in peace.
(Groom) __________, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife, to live together afrter God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor her and keep her in sickness and in health; forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her, so long as you both shall live? If so answer "I Will."
(Bride) _________, will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to live together afrter God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor him and keep him in sickness and in health; forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him, so long as you both shall live? If so answer "I Will."
Minister "Who gives this woman to be married to this man?"
Response "Her mother and I." (Or other appropriate response)
Father of the bride gives her hand to the groom. Facing each other and joining right hands, the couple shall then exchange the following vows:
The man shall repeat after the minister:
I, (Groom)________, take you, (Bride)________, to be 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 pledge you my faith.
The woman shall repeat after the minister:
I, (Bride)________, take you, (Groom)_________, to be 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 pledge you my faith.
Optional Ring Ceremony
The minister receives the ring from the groomsman and, in turn, passes it to the groom. As he then places it upon the bride's finger, he shall repeat, after the minister:
This ring I give you as a token of my love and as a pledge of my constant fidelity.
Repeat for a double ring ceremony.
The couple then shall kneel as the minister offers the following, or an extemporaneous prayer:
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 now bless in Thy name; that as Isaac and Rebekah lived faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant made between them this hour and may ever remain in love and peace together, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Forasmuch as this man and woman have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and have declared by the joining of hands, I pronounce that they are husband adn wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Those whom God has joined together, let not man put asunder. Amen.
God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with His favor look upon you, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace. May you so live together in this life that in the world to come you may have life everlasting.