Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God
and in the presence of these witnesses, to join ___________ and ___________ in holy
matrimony, which is an honorable estate, instituted of God in the time of man's
signifying to us the mystical union which is between Christ and His Church. Which holy
estate Christ adorned and beautified with His presence at the first miracle which He
wrought in Cana of Galilee; and is commended of the Apostle Paul to be honorable among all
men, and is therefore not to be entered into lightly or inadvisably, but reverently,
discreetly, and in the fear of God.
Into which holy estate ___________ and ___________ come now
to be joined and to unite two hearts and lives, blending all interest, sympathies, and
hopes. I charge and entreat you, therefore, in entering upon and sustaining this hallowed
union, to seek the favor and blessing of Him whose favor is life, whose blessing maketh
rich and addeth no sorrow. Let us now seek His blessing.
Our Heavenly Father, we beseech Thee to come by Thy grace
to this marriage. Give to these who marry a due sense of the obligations they are now to
assume, so that with true intent, and with utter unreserve of love, they may plight their
troth, and be henceforth helps, meet for each other while they journey through life. This
we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Giving away of Bride
Pastor -- Who is giving ___________ in Holy Matrimony to
Father of the Bride -- I do.
Pastor -- I charge you both as you stand in the presence of
God, to remember that true love and loyalty alone will avail as the foundation of a happy
home. If the solemn vows you are about to make be kept inviolate, and if you steadfastly
endeavor to do the will of your heavenly Father, your lives will be full of joy, and the
home you are about to establish will abide in peace.
No other human ties are more tender, no other vows are more
sacred than those you are about to assume. You are entering into the holy estate which is
the deepest mystery of experience, and which is the very sacrament of divine love.
Pastor to Groom -- ___________, will you have ___________
to be your 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 yourself only unto her, so long as you both shall live?
Groom -- I will.
Pastor to Bride -- ___________, will you have ___________
to be your wedded husband to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of
matrimony; will you submit to him, serve him, love, honor, and keep him, in sickness and
in health, and, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him, so long as you both
Bride -- I will.
Pastor to Groom -- What pledge do you give of the sincerity
of your vows?
Groom -- A ring.
Pastor to Bride -- Do you accept this ring as a pledge of
the sincerity of ________'s vows?
Bride -- I do.
Groom -- 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 SPIRIT,
And may this circlet of pure gold which has no end, be
henceforth the chaste and changeless symbol of your evermore pure and changeless
Pastor to Bride -- What pledge do you give of the sincerity
of your vows?
Bride -- A ring.
Pastor to Groom -- _________, to you accept this ring as a
pledge of the sincerity of _______'s vows?
Groom -- I do.
Bride -- THIS RING I GIVE YOU...IN TOKEN AND PLEDGE..OF MY
CONSTANT FAITHFULNESS AND ABIDING LOVE.
Pastor -- And may this ring given, be the outward and
visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites your two hearts in love that has
Forasmuch as ___________ and ___________ have consented in
holy wedlock, and have thereto confirmed the same by giving and receiving each one a ring;
by the authority committed unto me as a minister of the Church of Jesus Christ, I now
declare you husband and wife according to the ordinance of God, and the laws of the State
of ____________, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
(The minister suggests that the couple shall kneel and
Dearly beloved ones, this day marks a new era in your lives
now united. From henceforth you travel life's pathway not alone, but together. Let love be
forever enthroned in your hearts. As members of the church of Jesus Christ, we earnestly
commend you to our Heavenly Father, asking Him that according to His abundant grace, He
may bestow upon you both the Spirit of Grace, enabling you to establish a Christian home
where the voice of prayer and praise shall be as sweet incense continually ascend unto Him
who hath purchased you with His own precious blood.
May you experience as you travel down life's pathway
together, be like unto the experience of the two disciples who journeyed together from
Jerusalem to Emmaus, of whom we read that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. And
may heaven's constant benediction crown your union with ever-increasing joy and
blessedness and true affection of a happy marriage.
Prayer of Dedication
Let us all bow our hearts in prayer of dedication.
O God, our heavenly Father, Thou alone art the Source and
Author of life. Thou art the Protector and Guide on life's pathway. Thou alone art the
Builder and Maker of homes. Now grant, we pray Thee, the blessings of Thy promises, and
the aid of Thy Holy Spirit to these dear ones, enabling them to honor Thee, and to be ever
true to the pledges made to each other. May Thy grace in abundant measure be theirs,
helping them to walk in Thy truth, to abide in Thy fellowship, and to live in perfect
peace and love with each other until their earthly life shall end in Thy glorious
presence. This we ask in the blessed name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
And now, may the Lord bless thee and keep thee. May the
Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee, May the Lord lift up His
countenance upon thee and give thee peace. Amen.
(At this point while the couple still kneel, the soloist
may sing an appropriate prayer hymn of consecration).
Introduction of new Couple
Pastor -- And now it is my happy privilege to congratulate
and introduce to you Mr. & Mrs. ___________
(The organist will immediately strike up the recessional
with the entire wedding party marching briskly down the aisle to the rear of the church