Marriage Ceremony –

MARRIAGE CEREMONY

Genesis records the institution of marriage by God at the time of creation, and Paul the Apostle in the New Testament compares this union of a man with his wife, to the union of Christ with His Church, when he says in the Ephesians:

” For this cause a man shall leave his mother and father and shall cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great, but I am speaking in reference to Christ and the Church”

So therefore because of the great significance God attribute to marriage, it should not be entered into lightly or carelessly, but  reverently, discreetly, soberly and in the fear of God.

_______________________ & _______________________________
Come to be joined in this God-ordained way.

1) COMMITMENT OF PARENTS

Would the parents please stand.
______________ & _____________ do you give your son to be married to this woman?

______________ & _____________ do you give your daughter to be married to the man?

2) CHARGE TO THE CONGREGATION
If any man can show just reason why they may not be lawfully married, let him now speck or forever hold his peace.

3) CHARGE TO THE COUPLE
I ask you both, remembering that on the day of judgement the secrets of your hearts will be reveled, that if either of you know of any impediment why you may not be lawfully be joined in marriage, you are now to declare it.

Do you _________________ declare that as far as you know, there is no lawful impediment to your proposed  marriage with ____________ here present, and that you take _________  as your lawful wife?  ………”I DO”

Do you __________________ declare that as far as you know, there is no lawful impediment to your proposed marriage with ____________ here present, and that you take __________ as your lawful husband? …… “I DO”

4) VOWS

_______________________ will you have this woman as your wedded wife, to live together, as God has commanded in marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honour her and forsaking all others, remain faithful only with her, as long as you both shall live? :…….. ” I WILL ”

______________________ will you have this man as your wedded husband, to live and together, as God has commanded in marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor him and forsaking all others, remain faithful only with him, as long as you both shall live?:…….. ” I WILL”

I call upon everyone here present to witness the vows

_________________________ &
_______________________________________
make to each other in the presence of God

NOW EACH REPEAT AFTER ME IN TURN:

I __________________________ take you
_____________________ to be my wife, to love and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer or poorer, ini sick ness and in health, for the rest of our lives.

I __________________________ take you
_____________________ to be my husband to love and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer or poorer, ini sick ness and in health, for the rest of our lives.

5) WE WILL NOW HAVE THE EXCHANGE OF RINGS:

EACH REPEAT…. ” I give you this rings as a symbol of the covenant we have entered into today. May our love be as eternal as this ring”

6) PRAYER

Will_____________ pray for ____________ & _________________

7) COMMUNION (option)

8) DECLARATION
Join your right hands together

God’s words declares “those whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder.

“Since _____________ & _________________ have agreed together in marriage and have witnessed this before God and His people, and have given their promises one to the other and have shown this by giving and receiving of a ring and by the joining of hands, I declare that _____________________
&_________________ here present have been lawfully married. In the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy spirit.

__________________you may now kiss your bride.

9) SIGNING

The register will now be signed, would then bridal party please join the couple at the table.

While the signing takes place
_________________________ will sing.

Ladies and gentleman, may I introduce to you Mr. And Mrs. ___________________