Standard Christian Ceremony by  Reverend Greg Christopherson

 

 

 

I.                  Convocation

 Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to join this man and woman   GROOM and BRIDE  in holy matrimony. 

BRIDE and GROOM, we are privileged and honored to be witness to your vows and to celebrate this day with you.

Who gives this woman to be married to this man? 

     Everyone please be seated

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II        Invocation

Let us pray:   God, our Father in heaven, the source of all love, please be present today during this sacred ceremony. We especially ask your blessing on this couple, who stands before us, and for all of us who share their joy.  Look with favor upon us this day, oh Lord, as we witness the marriage of BRIDE and GROOM .  In Jesus name Amen.

 

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III.            Consecration

Marriage has been revered through the ages as the most profound and tender of human relationships. It is not a commitment to be entered into lightly or unadvisedly. 

    

 Each of us knows that a marriage is not created by law or a ceremony; but rather it occurs in the hearts of two human beings.  It grows out of loving, caring and sharing ourselves with each other.

 

And so it is that you have connected your hearts and souls to one another.  In participating in this ceremony today, we are observing only an outward sign of an inward union. 

 

You have come here today to publicly affirm your love, and to promise to continue to nurture each other, your children, and this union. 

 

From this time on, you are committed to each other.  You will be required to make personal sacrifices for the good of your life together, make them generously.  Self-sacrifice can be difficult.  Generous love makes it easy. 

 

You will share everything, doubling your joys and dividing your sorrows.

 

 

 

IV.            Expression of Intent

BRIDE, do you understand and accept this responsibility and do you promise to love, honor and cherish GROOM in all your days together?

  Bride:   I do.

GROOM , do you understand and accept this responsibility and do you promise to love, honor and cherish BRIDE in all your days together?

       Groom:  I do

 

V.               Vows

BRIDE/GROOM repeat after me:  I, _____, take you ________

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, for as long as we both shall live.

 

VI.            Ring Exchange

These circles of precious metal are symbols of your love.  Without beginning or end, they are symbols of eternity.  They are material tokens that represent your spiritual union. Today, they become seals of your pure and unending love, mutually pledged. 

BRIDE/GROOM,, Place the ring on _______’s  finger and repeat after me:

GROOM/BRIDE with this ring, I thee wed.  I give you this ring, as a symbol of my love, and a consecration of my vow.  With all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you.

 

VII.        Benediction

Let us Pray.  Our heavenly father, bless this marriage.  May it be filled with happiness and love.   Please walk beside BRIDE and GROOM and shine your light upon them for all of their days together.  May their home be a place of peace and harmony.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen

“This is the day the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

 

VIII.     Kiss  and Pronouncement

You have come together for this holy celebration: to exchange your vows before God and these witnesses.  By your presence here, you affirm your belief in the bond that has grown between you, and express your intent to fulfill your love and strengthen your union with the deepest commitment.

Therefore, with the blessing of our loving creator and by the authority of the State of Hawaii, I pronounce you husband and wife. 

  GROOM, you may kiss your bride.

 

ALL RISE PLEASE

 Ladies & Gentlemen:

I present to you Mr. and Mrs. GROOM and BRIDE _______________