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INTRODUCTION
The Priest addresses the couple and congregation
The Lord be with you
And also with you

We have come together to ask God’s blessing on N Brothers and sisters, we meet here in the presence
and N as they continue their married life together. of God to celebrate and affirm the commitment of
N and N to each other. May they, through the
Hear what the Epistle of St John says: assistance of the Holy Spirit, commit themselves
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is today to each other; promising to live together in
from God; everyone who loves is born of God and love, faithfulness, trust and forgiveness. While they
knows God”, and, “No one has ever seen God; if we make this solemn covenant we remember that our
love one another, God lives in us, and his love is Saviour Jesus Christ shows us the path of courage
perfected in us.” and selfless love as we ask God’s blessing on their
- 1 John 4.7 & 12. lives. We join in rejoicing with them and offer them
support with our love and prayers. Let us hold them
in our hearts as we commit their lives to the love and
grace of God.

For the love that we receive and give let us thank [from below]
God, saying together

Almighty God, source of all being, we thank you for Almighty God, source of all being, we thank you for
your love, which creates and sustains us. your love, which creates and sustains us.

We thank you for the physical and emotional We thank you for your unique and personal gifts to
expression of that love; every one of us in our minds, our bodies and our
spirits;

and for the blessings of companionship and and for the blessings of companionship and
friendship. We pray that we may use your gifts so friendship. We pray that we may use your gifts so
that we can ever grow into a deeper understanding that we can ever grow into a deeper understanding
of love and of your purpose for us, through Jesus of love and of your purpose for us, through Jesus
Christ, our Lord. Amen. Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Let us pray. Pause for a moment of silence before the minister


continues.

Loving and gracious God, who made us in your Loving and gracious God, who made us in your Loving and gracious God, who made us in your
image and sent your son Jesus Christ to welcome us image and sent your son Jesus Christ to welcome us image and sent your son Jesus Christ to welcome us
home; protect us in love and empower us for home; protect us in love and empower us for home; protect us in love and empower us for
service. Through the power of the Holy Spirit may N service. Through the power of the Holy Spirit may N service. Through the power of the Holy Spirit may N
and N become living signs of God’s love and may we and N become living signs of his love and may we and N become living signs of his love and may we
uphold them in the promises that each affirms this uphold them in the promises that each will make this uphold them in the promises that each will make this
day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. day, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

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Jesus told us to ‘Love the Lord your God with all Jesus told us to ‘Love the Lord your God with all
your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength your heart, with all your
and with all your mind’ and love your neighbour as soul, with all your strength and with all your mind’
yourself.’ For the love that we receive and give let us and love your neighbour as yourself.’ For the love
all thank God, saying together…. that we receive and give let us all thank God, saying
together....

All:
EITHER

[Almighty God, source of all being, we thank you for


your love, which creates and sustains us. We thank
you for
your unique and personal gifts to every one of us in
our minds, our bodies and our spirits; and for the
blessings of companionship and friendship. We pray
that we may use your gifts so that we can ever grow
into a deeper understanding of love and of your
purpose for us, through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.]

OR:

Almighty God, source of all being, we thank you for


Almighty God, source of all being, we thank you for your love, which creates and sustains us. We thank
your love, which creates and sustains us. We thank you for the physical and emotional expression of that
you for the physical and emotional expression of that love and for the blessings of companionship and
love; and for the blessings of companionship and friendship. We pray that we may use your gifts so
friendship. We pray that we may use your gifts so that we can ever grow into a deeper understanding
that we can ever grow into a deeper understanding of love and of your purpose for us, through Jesus
of love and of your purpose for us, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Music or hymn (optional).

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MINISTRY OF THE WORD READING FROM SCRIPTURE Reading from Scripture


One or more readings from the Scriptures, This should be announced as ‘A reading from…’ and This should be announced as ‘A reading from…’ and
appropriate to the occasion, shall then be read. ended with ‘This is the word of the Lord’. ended with ‘This is the word of the Lord’
A homily or address may follow the readings.

QUESTIONS OF INTENT

N and N, is it your intention to enter into a solemn


covenant with each other in love and trust?

Couple: It is.

Do you offer your lives together for god’s blessing?

Couple: We do.

THE PROMISES THE PROMISES


As you have entered into a civil marriage and now
seek God’s blessing on your ongoing life together, I
ask you:


Will you be to each other a companion in joy and a Will you be to each other a companion in joy and a Will you be to each other a companion in joy and a
comfort in times of trouble, and will you provide for comfort in times of trouble’ and will you give each comfort in times of trouble’ and will you give each
each other the opportunity for love to deepen? other opportunity for love to deepen? other opportunity for love to deepen?

Couple: We will, with God’s help. Couple: We will, with God’s help. Couple: We will, with God’s help.

THE PROMISES

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(to each partner in turn): (to each partner in turn): (to each partner in turn):
Will you, N, continue to give yourself to N, sharing Will you, N, give yourself to N, sharing your love and Will you, N, give yourself to N, sharing your love and
your love and your life, your wholeness and your your life, your wholeness and your brokenness, your your life, your wholeness and your brokenness, your
brokenness, your failure and your success?
 success and your failure? success and your failure?

Partner: I will. Partner: I will. Partner: I will.

Couple: We, N and N, witness before God and this


congregation that we have pledged ourselves to
each other. We offer you, Lord, our souls and
bodies, our thoughts and deeds, our love for each
other and our wish to serve you. Take us as we are,
and make us all that we should be, through Jesus
Christ our Lord.

All: Amen

EXCHANGE OF RINGS OR TOKENS


God in Heaven, by your blessing, let these rings/
tokens be to N and N symbols of unending love and
faithfulness to remind them of the solemn covenant
and promise made today.

All: Amen

Then each partner in turn presents the ring/token


and says:

N, I give you this ring/token as a symbol of my


promise, and with all that I am and all that I have, I
honour you in the name of God.

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Music or hymn (optional).


During this time the couple may sign their wills and/
or certificates marking their vows and promises to
each other (optional.)

Address

PRAYERS PRAYERS PRAYERS as appropriate concluding with the Lord’s


Prayer if there is to be
no Eucharist
These might include the following or something These might include the following or something These might include the following or something
similar. similar. similar.

Loving God, whose son Jesus Christ welcomed Loving God, whose son Jesus Christ welcomed Loving God, whose son Jesus Christ welcomed
strangers and called them his friends, grant to N and strangers and called them his friends, grant to N and strangers and called them
N such gifts of grace that they may be bearers of N such gifts of grace that they may be bearers of his friends, grant to N and N such gifts of grace that
your friendship and their home a place of welcome your friendship and their home a place of welcome they may be bearers of your friendship and their
for all. Amen for all. Amen home a place of welcome for all. All: Amen

Jesus, our brother, inspire N and N in their lives Jesus, our brother, inspire N and N in their lives Jesus, our brother, inspire N and N
together, that they may come to live for one another together, that they may come to live for one another in their lives together, that they may
and serve each other in true humility and kindness. and serve each other in true humility and kindness. come to live for one another and serve each other in
Through their lives may they welcome each other in Through their lives may they welcome each other in true humility and kindness. Through their lives may
times of need and in their hearts may they celebrate times of need and in their hearts may they celebrate they welcome each other in times of need and in
together in their times of joy, for your name’s sake. together in their times of joy, for your name’s sake. their hearts may they celebrate together in their
Amen Amen times of joy, for your name’s sake. All: Amen

Holy Spirit of God, guard and defend N and N in Holy Spirit of God, guard and defend N and N in Holy Spirit of God, guard and defend N and N in
their life together, protect them from evil, strengthen their life together, protect them from evil, strengthen their life together, protect them from evil, strengthen
them in adversity until you bring them to the joy of them in adversity until you bring them to the joy of them in adversity until you bring them to the
your heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ our your heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ our joy of your heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ
Lord. Amen. Lord. Amen. our Lord. All: Amen.

THE LORD’S PRAYER THE LORD’S PRAYER THE LORD’S PRAYER


(Not when a Eucharist follows.)

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BIDDING TO THE COMPANY

Will you the chosen witnesses of N and N do all in


your power to support and strengthen them in the
days ahead?

All: We will.

God has called us to live with each other in the spirit


of love, joy and peace. Let us all share a sign of
God’s peace. The peace of the Lord be always with
you.

All: And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of God’s peace.

The company greets N and N and each other.

Music or hymn (optional).


(A Eucharist may follow, the form to be agreed
between the presiding priest and the couple.)

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THE BLESSING THE BLESSING THE BLESSING


Let us now pray that N and N may be sustained by Let us now pray that N and N  may be sustained by N and N have now given themselves to each other
God’s love. God’s love. by solemn promises
and the making of a covenant. Let us now pray that
they may be sustained by God’s love.

Spirit of God, you teach us through the example of


Spirit of God, you teach us through the example of Spirit of God, you teach us through the example of Jesus that love is the fulfilment of the Law, help N
Jesus that love is the fulfilment of the Law, help N Jesus that love is the fulfilment of the Law, help N and N to persevere in love, to grow in mutual
and N to persevere in love, to grow in mutual and N to persevere in love, to grow in mutual understanding, and to deepen their trust in each
understanding, and to deepen their trust in each understanding, and to deepen their trust in each other; that in wisdom, patience and courage, their
other; that in wisdom, patience and courage, their other; that in wisdom, patience and courage, their life
life together may be a source of grace to all with life together may be a source of happiness to all with together may be a source of happiness to all with
whom they share it; and the blessing of God whom they share it; and the blessing of God whom they share it; and
Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be upon you to Almighty, Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer be upon the blessing of God Almighty, Creator, Redeemer
guide and protect you and all those you love, today you to guide and protect you and all those you love, and Sustainer be upon you to guide and protect you
and always. Amen. today and always. Amen. and all those you love, today and always.

All: Amen.

DISMISSAL

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All: In the name of Christ. Amen.

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