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Gathering Words:

Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company of witnesses to join together this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted of God, signifying unto us the mystical union that is between Christ and His Church; which Holy Estate Christ adorned with His presence and first miracle that He wrought in Cana of Galilee, and is commended of St. Paul to be honorable among all men; and therefore, not entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, discreetly, soberly and in the fear of God. Into this Holy Estate these two persons present come now to be joined.

If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him speak now or forever hold his peace.

The Giving in Marriage:

Will the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom please stand. (Parents of Bride) have nurtured and cared for their daughter in a multitude of ways. Likewise (Parents of Groom) have nurtured and cared for their son. We express gratitude for the inspiration of your love that enabled you to bring forth your children for us all to know and enjoy. As you have held them close, fitting them for maturity, will you now willingly and freely release them to love and care for each other? And will you support and encourage their life together that it, too, may be a blessing for generations to come? (Response in unison: We do).

Opening Reading:

The beliefs and thoughts about love which motivate these two people are perhaps best expressed in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:

Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; Love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things endures all things. Love Never Fails

Definition of Marriage:

Marriage is perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure of human relationships. No ceremony can create your marriage; only you can do that – through love and patience; through dedication and perseverance; through talking and listening, helping and supporting and believing in each other; through tenderness and laughter; through learning to forgive, learning to appreciate your differences, and by learning to make the important things matter, and to let go of the rest. What this ceremony can do is to witness and affirm the choice you make to stand together as life mates and partners.

Declaration of Intent:

Groom, will you have this woman to be your lawful wedded wife, to live together after God s ordinance in the Holy Estate of Matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others keep you only unto her as long as you both shall live?
Bride, will you have this man to be your lawful wedded husband, to live together after God s ordinance in the Holy Estate of Matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others keep you only unto him as long as you both shall live?

Ring/Vow Exchange

The marriage ring seals the vows of marriage and represents a promise for eternal and everlasting love.

(Groom: Repeat after me) I Groom take thee, Bride to be 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 forever, according to God s Holy Ordinance, and thereto I give thee my pledge.

(Bride: Repeat after Me) I Bride take thee, Groom to be 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 forever, according to God s Holy Ordinance, and thereto I give thee my pledge.

Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

 

Pronouncement:

Forasmuch as Bride and Groom have consented together in Holy Wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company of witnesses, and there to have given their pledge, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a ring, and by joining hands; by the power vested in me by the State of Florida, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You many now kiss your bride.

Introduction

Ladies and Gentlemen, I now present to you Mr. And Mrs. ________________

 

Gathering Words:

Bride and Groom have brought us together here for an occasion of great joy and cause for great celebration. Having found each other,
they have built the kind of relationship that will serve them well as the foundation for their marriage. They have chosen each and every one of us to be here with them to witness their wedding vows as they join together as husband and wife.

Each of us knows that a marriage is not created by a law or a ceremony, rather in the hearts of two human beings. It grows out of loving, caring and sharing ourselves with another. And so it is that Bride and Groom have connected their hearts and souls, one to the other, drawing upon the depths of their being, into the deep well of human need - the need to live united, loving, and complete. So in witnessing this ceremony today, we are observing only an outward union that has already exists between Bride and Groom.


Declaration of Intent:

Groom, will you have this woman to be your wedded wife , to love her , comfort her, honor and keep her and forsaking all others, keep you only unto her, for as long as you both shall live?

Bride, will you have this man to be your wedded husband, to love him , comfort him, honor and keep him and forsaking all others, keep you only unto him, for as long as you both shall live?

Take hands and repeat after me:

Wedding Vows:

I Groom take you Bride to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, for better or worse , for richer or poorer, to love and to cherish from this day forward.

I Bride take you Groom to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, for better or worse , for richer or poorer, to love and to cherish from this day forward.

 

Ring Exchange Prelude:


The wedding ring is a circle symbolizing the sun, and the earth, and the universe. It is symbol of wholeness, perfection, and peace. As you enter into the circle of your shared love. May you be blessed through your decision to this union. May your journey as husband and wife be filled with peace, love, and joy.

 

Ring Exchange:

Groom, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow to always love you, cherish you, honor you, and respect you.

Bride, I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow always love you, cherish you, honor you, and respect you.

Pronouncement:

Now that Groom and Bride have joined themselves to each other by solemn vows, and by the giving and receiving of rings, I do now by virtue of the authority vested in me pronounce that they are husband and wife!

You may Kiss

 

We have gathered today in the love of friendship and family to celebrate a renewal of marriage vows between Groom and Bride. As their family and close friends, each of you has played a role in bringing them to this day, and in various ways will continue to support and contribute to their marriage. We solemnize this significant event in their lives and enter into this ceremony in an attitude of respect for their steadfast and ongoing commitment to each other.

Bride and Groom, although I am officiating here today, it is not truly in my power to sanctify or bless your relationship in any way, because the two of you have already done that in your hearts. Today you proclaim your love anew to the world, and we rejoice with and for you. In marriage, we give ourselves freely and generously into the hands of the one we love, and by doing so, we receive the love and trust of the other as our most precious gift.

Today you re-commit yourselves to honoring and protecting one another above your separate selves, and to valuing your union above your own interests. In doing this, you secure for yourselves a wealth of love and peace not otherwise attainable. But as you know so well, with this joy comes also the profound responsibility to protect the bond you share. For it is only with continual care that your love is truly secure in the face of life's inevitable tests. Regard each other always with the same deep respect that has kept you through the years, and be ever mindful of the many gifts the other offers you. Inspire and encourage one another. For it is by strengthening your spouse, that you have strengthened your marriage. Bring out the very best in each other. Be sparing in criticism, and generous in praise for things well done. In communication, continue to be honest and open with each other, knowing that the heart that communicates truth without hesitation earns trust and builds a secure home. And as always, accept your marriage as a work-in-progress that consumes your attention day by day and yet is never completed. Because a lifelong love requires a lifetime of hard work. But it is a joyous labor, whose fruits are the very richest. Your future stretches out before you, vast and unknown. That future, with its hopes and disappointments, its joys and its sorrows, is hidden from your eyes. But it is a great tribute to your belief in each other that you remain none the less willing to face those uncertainties together. May the pure, simple love with which you join your hearts and hands again here today never fail, but grow deeper and surer with every passing year.

Groom would you take Bride's hand and make your vows to her... · Bride, I believe in this marriage more strongly then ever. · Today, I renew the promises I made to you ___ years ago, · A promise of my hand and my heart, · A promise to you of my love and devotion, · A promise to provide for and protect you, · It is with these promises that I recommit my love for you. · I will continue to love you · for as long as I shall live

 

Bride, would you now make your vows to Groom... ·

 

Groom, I believe in this marriage more strongly then ever. · Today, I renew the promises I made to you ___ years ago, · A promise of my hand and my heart, · A promise to you of my love and devotion, · A promise to provide for and protect you, · It is with these promises that I recommit my love for you. · I will continue to love you · for as long as I shall live.

Bride and Groom, we all here today celebrate your love and acknowledge your lifelong devotion to each other. Your example reminds us of love’s possibilities. So, by joining hands right now and looking into each other’s eyes, let it be known that you are joined inseparably in this lifetime, and that this bond continues. Inasmuch as you have sealed this renewal of your marriage vows in the presence of those gathered here, it gives me much pleasure to pronounce that you are now, even more than ever before, Husband and Wife.

 

Let us take a moment to meditate on the sacrament of marriage, open our hearts to the Lord to enter this ceremony, and give thanks for the beauty that surrounds us. Let us pray.

(Groom Full) and (Bride Full) come today desiring to be united in this sacred relationship. So God, we thank you for the love that (Groom First Name & Bride First Name), have for you. We believe that you have led them to this day and we ask your blessing as they exchange their vows and seal their promises. As they become husband and wife, may they do so not only in our presence, but in Yours, with Your grace surrounding them and Your love within their hearts. We pray through Christ, Amen.

We are about to experience a miracle. This miracle is the joining of two lives in peace which becomes the inspiration that forms a family.

All of your moments together have led up to this exchange of vows and have prepared you as you promise to be each other's lifetime partner. This is a most special gift which you are about to share, which has been carefully nurtured and polished to give to one another. This gift cannot be bought in a store or found under a tree. This is the gift of love that can only be shared in marriage. May its radiance never diminish, even as the sea around us.

We are joyfully gathered today to witness and to celebrate the joining of two lives in marriage, Let us rejoice with each other in the making of this important covenant. The essence of this covenant is the taking of each other in entirety, as an everlasting lover, friend and companion. It is, therefore, a decision which has not been entered into lightly but rather undertaken with great consideration and respect for one another.

We have come together in the hope that the love which has brought you both to this union may go out beyond itself into the lives of others. Thus, we ask that your promises and hopes be realized. We ask that you both be granted the patience to listen, the capacity to understand, the compassion to give comfort and the joy to laugh and just to be together.. Most importantly, let your marriage make a home where neither person is a stranger, and, remember, it is just as important to be the right partner as it is to choose the right partner.

Let your marriage offer illumination and growth. Bask in the joy of shared discoveries. Let your union be strong enough to endure the darkness of all things. May silence and despair never separate you; may you always return to each other.

Will you together repeat after me

I will share my life openly with you.
I will walk hand in hand with you.
I will grow with you, not away from you, in each of our discoveries.
I will support your strengths with love and honesty and protect you,
as we go forth together into this world as two yet one.

I Groom, take you Bride, to be my wedded wife. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish 'till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.

I, Bride, take you Groom, to be 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 do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.

The word of God in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 tells us what love is like and what love does: Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; Love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things endures all things. Love Never Fails

Having this kind of love in your hearts, you have chosen to share rings as the sign and seal of the vows you are making today. Let these rings which you are about to exchange, serve to remind us that a circle is a symbol of the sun, the earth and the universe, of wholeness, peace and unity. Your rings are circles which have no beginning and no ending. They are tokens of this growing relationship you have come here today to celebrate and confirm, emblems of eternity which can never be tarnished, and which are without end, to show how imperishable is the faith that you have now mutually pledged before God.

Groom, as a symbol of your faithfulness, place the ring on Bride’s finger and repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed. I accept you Bride, as my partner, as my friend, and as my wife, through all of the experiences life holds for us, in abiding faith and love.

Bride, as a symbol of your faithfulness, place the ring on Groom’s finger and repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed. I accept you Groom, as my partner, as my friend, and as my wife, through all of the experiences life holds for us, in abiding faith and love.

Now, Allow me to share this wedding blessing with you

Be together in harmony and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Empower each other and allow your relationship to evolve to its highest purpose. Nourish each other’s possibilities and lift up each other’s spirits. Care for one another, share your love openly and let it be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Sing and dance together and be joyful. Share your lives with each other and unite your love with our Creator. May your union last through all of your moments together, so that in the triumphs and the trials that lie ahead, you will feel just as you do now - happy to be in love and married to one another. Go then, in peace, and live more and more in the present, which is beautiful and stretches away beyond the limits of the past and towards the horizons of the future.

Having witnessed the vows you have just made to each other, surrounded by your love, by the loving grace of God, and by the authority vested in me, upheld by the laws of the State of Florida, I now pronounce you husband and wife. May the Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift His countenance on you, and give you peace. Amen.

Mr. and Mrs. Groom Full, you may now seal your love with a kiss.

 

Dearly beloved: We have come together in the presence of God to witness and bless the joining together of this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony. The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation, and our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all people. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and His Church.

 

The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in abundance and adversity; and, when it is God's will, for the procreation of descendants and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord. Therefore, marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but deliberately, reverently, and in accordance with the purposes of which it was instituted by God.

 

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 forever hold your peace.

 

Officiant to Bride and Groom:

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.

 

Officiant to Bride:

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, will you be faithful to him as long as you booth shall live?

 

Bride:

I will.

 

Officiant to Groom:

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, will you be faithful to her as long as you booth shall live?

 

Groom:

I will.

 

The Officiant addresses the congregation:

Will all of you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold these two persons in their marriage?

 

People:

We will.

 

If there is to be a presentation or a giving in marriage, it takes place at this time. A hymn or psalm may follow.

 

The Officiant then says to the people:

The Lord be with you.

 

People:

And also with you.

 

Officiant:

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.

 

"Blessed are the poor in spirit:

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that shall mourn:

for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek:

for they shall inherit the Earth.

Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness:

for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful:

for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart:

for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers:

for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake:

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,

and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad:

for great is your reward in heaven

for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."

 

Matthew 5:3-12

 

After a passage from the Gospel is read, the Officiant says:

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

People:

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

The Groom, facing the Bride and taking her right hand in his, 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 or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

 

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

In the Name of God, I, ____________, take you, ____________, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

 

The Officiant may ask God's blessing on the rings as follows:

Bless, O Lord, this ring 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. Amen.

 

The giver places the ring on the ring finger of the other's hand and says:

I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, 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.

 

The Officiant 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 a ring, 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.

 

People:

Amen.

 

The Officiant asks all to rise and says:

Let us pray together in the words our Savior taught us.

 

If there is not to be a Communion, one or more of the prayers may be omitted.

 

Let us pray:

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. 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. 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. Amen.

 

Give them grace when they hurt each other, to recognize and acknowledge their fault, and to seek each others forgiveness and yours. Amen.

 

Make their life together a sign of Christ's love to this sinful and broken world, that unity may overcome estrangement, forgiveness heal guilt, and joy conquer despair. Amen.

 

Bestow on them, if it is your will, the gift and heritage of children, and the grace to bring them up to know you, to love you, and to serve you. Amen.

 

Give them such fulfillment of their mutual affection that they may reach out in love and concern for others. Amen.

 

Grant that all married couples who have witnessed these vows may find their lives strengthened and their loyalties confirmed. Amen.

 

Grant that the bonds of our common humanity, by which all your children are united one to another, and the living to the dead, may be so transformed by your grace, that your will may be done on earth as it is in heaven; where, O Father, you live and reign in perfect unity, now and forever. Amen.

 

The people remain standing. The husband and wife kneel, and the Officiant says this prayer:

Most gracious God, we give you thanks for your tender love in sending Jesus Christ to come among us, to be born of a human mother, and to make the way of the cross to be the way of life. We thank you, also, for consecrating the union of man and woman in his name. By the power of your Holy Spirit, pour out the abundance of your blessing upon this man and woman. Defend them from every enemy. Lead them into all peace. Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; in their sleeping and in their waking; in their joys and in their sorrows; in their life and in their death. Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that table where your saints feast forever in your heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The Officiant adds this blessing:

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit: Bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord, mercifully with his favor, look upon you, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace; that you may faithfully live together in this life, and, in the age to come, have life everlasting. Amen.

 

The Officiant may say to the people:

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

 

People:

And also with you.

 

You may Kiss

 

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