Christian Ceremony Sample

Opening Statement

MINISTER:

“Dearly Beloved: We are gathered here, in the presence of God and of this company, that ______ and ______ may be united in holy matrimony. We are here to celebrate and share in this sacrament converts their love for one another into the lifelong commitment of marriage.

Established by our Creator for the welfare and happiness of mankind, and approved by the Apostle Paul, this ritual is most honorable to all mankind. It is designed to unite two sympathies and hopes into one; and it rests upon the mutual confidence and devotion and trust in one another.

May it be in extreme thoughtfulness and reverence, and in dependence upon divine guidance, that you enter now into this holy relationship.”

Giving of the Bride

MINISTER:

“Being assured that your love and your choice of each other as lifelong companions are in God’s will and that you have your families’ blessings. I now ask. Who gives this woman to be married to this man?”

BRIRDE’S FATHER:

“Her mother and I do.”

(Bride’s father places her hand in Groom’s hand and is seated)

Declaration of Intention

MINISTER:

“The apostle Paul compared the relationship between husband and wife to that between Christ and the church. Marriage is a decision of two individuals to share the same type of pure, Christian love described by Paul.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…

“This kind of love enriches each part of life and marriage enriches love. Two lives, shared with this kind of love, can hold more fulfillment and happiness than either life alone.”

“___ (GROOM)___. are you ready to enter into this marriage with ___ (BRIDE)___, believing the love you share and your faith in each other will endure all things?”

GROOM:

“I am.”

CEREMONY CONTINUES………………………….

Marriage Vows

MINISTER:

“_____ do you take _____ to be your wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in holy matrimony? Do you promise to love her, to honor and cherish her, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, and to be to her in all things a good and faithful husband as long as you both shall live?”

GROOM:

“I do.”

CEREMONY CONTINUES………………..

MINISTER:

“Father in heaven, You ordained marriage for your children, and You gave us love. We present to You _____ and _____, who come this day to be married. May the covenant of love they make be blessed with true devotion and spiritual commitment. We ask that You, God, will give them the ability to keep the covenant they have made. When selfishness shows itself, grant generosity; when mistrust is a temptation, give moral strength; when there is misunderstanding, give patience and gentleness; if suffering becomes a part of their lives, give them a strong faith and an abiding love. Amen.”

CEREMONY CONTINUES……………….

Exchange of Rings

Light Unity Candle & Sign License

Prayer or Reading

Declaration of the Marriage

MINISTER:

“What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. Forasmuch as _________ and __________ have consented together in holy matrimony, and have witnessed the same before God and this company and have pledged their love and loyalty to each other, and have declared the same by the joining and the giving of rings, I, therefore, by the authority of the state, pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. You may kiss your bride.”

Presentation

“I now present to you Mr and Mrs _____ _____ _____.”

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