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Into this holy union Bride and Groom now come to be joined. If any of you can show just cause why they may not lawfully be married, speak now, or else for ever hold your peace.”

I require and charge you both, here in the presence of God, that if either of you know any reason why you may not be united in marriage lawfully and in accordance with God’s Word, you do now confess it.

Bride, will you have this man to be your husband; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live? (Bride answers “I will.”)

Groom, will you have this Woman to be your wife; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?” (Groom answers “I will.”) 

The Pastor then addresses the congregation:

Will all of you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold these two persons in their marriage? (The People answer “We will.”)

Who presents this woman to be married to this man? (Father of the Bride answers: “I do.”)

Let us pray. O gracious and ever-living God, you have created us male and female in your image: Look mercifully upon this man and this woman who come to you seeking your blessing and assist them with your grace, that with true fidelity and steadfast love they may honor and keep the promises and vows they make; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

Groom, facing Bride, takes her right hand in his and says:

In the Name of God, I, Groom, take you, Bride, to be my 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, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

Then Bride, still facing Groom, takes his right hand in hers and says:

In the Name of God, I, Bride, take you, Groom, to be my 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, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

The Pastor asks God’s blessing on the rings as follows:

Bless, O Lord, these rings 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.” (People: Amen)

Bride places the ring on the ring finger of Groom‘s hand and says: (using Groom’s name)

Groom, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vows and with all that I am and all that I have, I honor you, in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 

Groom places the ring on the ring-finger of Bride‘s hand and says: (using Bride’s name)

Bride, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vows and with all that I am and all that I have, I honor you, in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Pastor joins the right hands of husband and wife and says:

Now that Bride and Groom have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings, I pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

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

Eternal God, creator and preserver of all life, author of salvation and giver of all grace: Look with favor upon the world you have made and for which your Son gave his life and especially upon this man and this woman whom you make one flesh in Holy Matrimony.” (People: Amen)

Give them wisdom and devotion in the ordering of their common life, that each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in perplexity, a comfort in sorrow and a companion in joy. People: Amen

Grant that their wills may be so knit together in your will and their spirits in your Spirit, that they may grow in love and peace with you and one another all the days of their life. (People: Amen)

Give them grace, when they hurt each other, to recognize and acknowledge their fault and to see each other’s forgiveness and yours. (People: Amen)

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