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A Classic Ceremony From the Ageless Book Of Common Prayer (You can cut & paste elements from this ceremony into other ceremonies)

Processional (BRIDE walks up aisle on the left of the "Giver" and stops about 2 feet short of the Groom with the Giver separating her and the Groom.)

Opening Words To Those Present
Minister:
Ye who are here to witness this marriage may now be seated.

DEARLY beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; which is commended of Saint Paul to be honorable among all men: and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined.

Charge To The BRIDE & Groom
Minister:
I REQUIRE and charge you both, (as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgment when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed), that if either of you know any impediment why ye may not be lawfully joined together in Matrimony, ye do now confess it. For be ye well assured, that if any persons are joined together otherwise than as God's Word doth allow, their marriage is not lawful.


Exchange Of Vows-Prelude
Minister:
GROOM, WILT thou have this Woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her honor and keep her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

(GROOM Responds,"I will")

BRIDE, WILT thou have this Man to thy wedded husband, to live together after Gods ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honour and and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?

(BRIDE Responds, '"I will")

Giving Of The BRIDE
Minister:
Who giveth this Woman to be married to this Man?

(Giver Responds, "I give her" or "I do" or "I and her Mother" or "Thus do I" or Thus do her Mother and I")

(Minister steps forward to take BRIDE's right hand, leads BRIDE forward and passes her hand to to the groom who takes her hand with his right hand--his hand facing up, with her hand facing down upon his. Minster then steps back.)


Exchange Of Vows--Prelude
Minister:
GROOM, would you now please repeat these words after me?

I GROOM take thee BRIDE to my wedded 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, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.

Now, BRIDE please take GROOM'S right hand and repeat these words after me.

(BRIDE and Groom release their hands. BRIDE presents her hand to the Groom facing upward. Groom grasps her hand placing his hand down upon hers)

I BRIDE take thee GROOM to my wedded 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, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.

(BRIDE & Groom release their holding of hands)


Ring Exchange:
Minister: (while handing the ring to the Groom) or (As the Best man hands the ring to the Groom)
GROOM, while placing the a ring on BRIDE'S finger, please repeat after me:
WITH this Ring I thee wed, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Minister: (while handing the ring to the BRIDE) or (As the Maid/Matron of Honor hands the ring to the BRIDE)
BRIDE, while placing the a ring on GROOM'S finger, please repeat after me:
WITH this Ring I thee wed, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.


Closing Prayers:
Minister:
Let us pray:
OUR Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

O ETERNAL God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind, Giver of all spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life; Send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy Name; that, as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (whereof this Ring given and received is a token and pledge,) and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Cautionary:
Minister:
Groom & Bride, please join your hands.
Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.

Pronouncement of Marriage
Minister:
FORASMUCH as GROOM and BRIDE have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a Ring, and by joining hands; I pronounce that they are Man and Wife, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.


Prayer Of Blessing
Minister:
GOD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace; that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.


Marital Kiss:
Minister:
GROOM you may now kiss your bride.


Presentation
Minister:
Friends and family, it is my pleasure to present to you Mr. & Mrs. GROOM SURNAME .