You're getting married! Now, which ceremony is right for you?
There are so many kinds of nuptial rites to choose from. Do you want traditional? Multi-cultural? Or short and sweet?
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THE BASIC CHRISTIAN CEREMONY
Here is a very basic Christian ceremony. A preacher in a non-liturgical congregation, such as Baptist, Assemblies of God or Church of Christ, might use this or something similar. Most presiding clergy are very open to your suggestions – and can alter the ceremony to meet your particular needs. Here, the preacher will say something such as:
Dearly Beloved: We are gathered here, in the presence of God and of this company, that Bride and Groom may be united in holy matrimony. We are here to celebrate and share in the glorious act that God is about to perform – the act by which He converts their love for one another into the holy and sacred estate of marriage.
This relationship is an honorable and sacred one, established by our Creator for the welfare and happiness of mankind and approved by the Apostle Paul as honorable among all men. It is designed to unite two sympathies and hopes into one; and it rests upon the mutual confidence and devotion of husband and wife.
May it be in extreme thoughtfulness and reverence and in dependence upon divine guidance, that you enter now into this holy relationship.
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?” (Father of the Bride: “Her mother and I do.”) (Bride‘s father places her hand in Groom‘s hand and is seated)
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 Cor 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.