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"The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant: Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships"

"The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant: Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships"

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Latest text of liturgy for blessing of same-sex marriages in Episcopal Church.
Latest text of liturgy for blessing of same-sex marriages in Episcopal Church.

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The Witnessing and Blessingof a Lifelong Covenant
 Liturgical Resources for Blessing Same-Sex Relationships
 
Concerning the Service
This rite is appropriately celebrated in the context of the Holy Eucharist and may take place at the principal Sunday Liturgy. This rite then replaces the Ministry of the Word. A bishop or priestnormally presides. Parallel texts from
 Enriching Our Worship 1
are included as options for elements of this rite.At least one of the couple must be a baptized Christian.Two or more presenters, who may be friends, parents, family members, or drawn from the localassembly, may present the couple to the presider and the assembly.To comply with the laws of the civil jurisdiction in which the rite is celebrated, the priest shallconsult the bishop, who may authorize modifications of the Pronouncement.
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The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant
The Word of God
Gathering
The couple to be blessed joins the assembly. A hymn of praise, Psalm, or anthemmay be sung, or instrumental music may be played.The Presider says the following, the people standing 
Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
 People
And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever.Amen. 
 In place of the above may be said  Presider 
Blessed be the one, holy, and living God.
 People
Glory to God for ever and ever.
 From Easter Day through the Day of Pentecost  Presider 
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
 People
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
 In place of the above may be said  Presider 
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
 People
Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Then may be said  Presider 
Beloved, let us love one another,
 People
For love is of God.
 Presider 
Whoever does not love does not know God,
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