Interfaith/Original Wedding Ceremony

Wedding of Teresa and Don

Celebrant: Dearly beloved, we have come together in the presence of God to witness and bless the joining together of this man and 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. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church and Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all people.

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 each other in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is God’s will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord. Therefore, marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.

Into this union Teresa and Don now come to be joined. If any of you can show just cause why they should not be lawfully married, speak now; or else forever hold your peace.

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.

Celebrant: Teresa, 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, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?

Teresa: I will.

Celebrant: Don, 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, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?

Don: I will

The Vows: Don, repeat after me…In the name of God, I, Don, take you, Teresa, to be my 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, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow to you.

Celebrant: Teresa, repeat after me…In the name of God, I, Teresa, take you, Don, to be my 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, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow to you.

(Celebrant Receives Rings from the Best Man or Maid of Honor – or either)

The Blessing and Exchange of Rings

Bless, O Lord, this ring (these rings) to be a sign of the vows by which this man and this woman have bound themselves to each other today, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen

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

Don: Teresa, 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.

Teresa: Don, 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.

Celebrant: Now that Teresa and Don have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of a ring (rings), 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.

All: Amen

Celebrant: You may kiss the bride.

Celebrant: Please stand, and let us pray together in the words our Savior have taught us:

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. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Please respond with Amen after each blessing.

Let us pray.

Eternal God, creator and preserver of all life, author of salvation, and giver of 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.

All: 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.

All: 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 with each other all the days of their life.

All: Amen

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

All: Amen

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

All: 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.

All: Amen

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

All: Amen

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

All: Amen

Grant that the bonds of our common humanity, by which all your children are united to one 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, with your Son and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign in perfect unity, now and forever.

All: Amen

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 this woman. 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, now and forever.

All: Amen

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.

Celebrant to All: May the peace of the Lord be always with you.

All: And also with you.

Celebrant: Please welcome for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Don and Teresa ___________________.

All: Applause

The ceremony is over, may you go in peace and love.

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Please feel free to use any part of this ceremony as part of your own. Vikki Anderson is available to perform interfaith ceremonies such as weddings, baptisms, welcoming ceremonies as well as naming and handfasting ceremonies.  See http://www.VikkiAnderson.net under Interfaith Minister for more information about ceremonies and weddings.  973-492-3110.  Email:  Starscape50@optonline.net.

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