The Blessing

of a Civil Marriage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rite begins as prescribed for celebrations of the Holy Eucharist,

using the Collect and Lessons appointed in the Marriage service.

 

After the Gospel (and homily), the husband and wife stand before the

Celebrant, who addresses them in these or similar words

 

N. and N., you have come here today to seek the blessing of

God and of his Church upon your marriage.  I require,

therefore, that you promise, with the help of God, to fulfill

the obligations which Christian Marriage demands.

 

The Celebrant then addresses the husband, saying

 

N., you have taken N. to be your wife.  Do you promise to

love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in

health; and, forsaking all others, to be faithful to her as long

as you both shall live?

 

The Husband answers    I do.

 

The Celebrant then addresses the wife, saying

 

N., you have taken N. to be your husband.  Do you promise

to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness

and in health; and, forsaking all others, to be faithful to him

as long as you both shall live?

 

The Wife answers         I do.

 

 

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The Celebrant then addresses the congregation, saying

 

Will you who have witnessed these promises do all in your

power to uphold these two persons in their marriage?

 

People          We will.

 

If a ring or rings are to be blessed, the wife extends her hand (and the
husband extends his hand) toward the Priest, who says

 

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.

 

The Celebrant joins the right hands of the husband and wife and says
 

Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder.

 

The Congregation responds     Amen.

The service continues with The Prayers on page 428.

 

 

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