Religious - Basic and Simple

MARRIAGE CEREMONY # 3
(Basic & Light Religious)

GREETING AND OPENING REMARKS

Family and friends of __________________, We are gathered together in the sight of God to join this man and woman in marriage. This is not a Church, but God does not lively solely in Churches. With the love and affection and friendship that emanates from this group and from this couple surely God is present here.

The essence of this commitment of marriage is the total taking of another person in love, friendship and respect. It is therefore a decision not to be entered into lightly, but rather undertaken with great consideration and respect for both the other person and oneself.

Love, friendship and respect do not depend on space and time. Overcome space and all that is left here. Overcome time and all that is left now. Love, friendship and respect, the cornerstone of marriage must exist here and now in order to survive until tomorrow.

The word “LOVE”, as it appears in the word of God, comes from the Greek word “AGAPE”, the love that is associated with God. It is not a feeling, or emotion, or attitude. It is not romantic love. It means the ultimate act of self-sacrifice for the good of someone else.

Love is so self-less it never gets irritated or upset; it never keeps books on the wrongs done. Love is never glad for the failure of the other, but rather, with understanding, forgiveness and trust, builds the other up.

Love is not for the half-hearted or the sentimental. To live by love is the most difficult thing to do. It takes the most strength, the most discipline, the most commitment, and the most faith of anything in this life. But, without it, we are nothing.

I remind you that marriage holds each of you to obligation and responsibilities. Marriage is an institution. Marriage is the foundation of the family and society. Marriage is a noble bond of human life.

Marriage is a contract, an agreement, a commitment to each other to share with the other life itself, the joys, the sadness, the successes and the tragedies, forever. _________ and _________, knowing these things, is it the wish and desire of you both that we proceed with this marriage? If so, please answer YES.

DECLARATION
Please join hands and face each other, and repeat after me.

(TO THE GROOM) I, _____________, take you, ___________, to be my wife, and these things I promise you:

I will be faithful to you and honest with you;
I will respect, trust, help and care for you;
I will share my life with you;
I will forgive you as we have been forgiven;
And I will try with you better to understand ourselves, the world and God; Through the best and the worst of what is to come as long as we shall live.

(TO THE BRIDE) I, _____________, take you, ___________, to be my husband, and these things I promise you:

I will be faithful to you and honest with you;
I will respect, trust, help and care for you;
I will share my life with you;
I will forgive you as we have been forgiven;
And I will try with you better to understand ourselves, the world and God; Through the best and the worst of what is to come as long as we shall live.

EXCHANGE OF RINGS

(TO THE GROOM) As you place the ring on her finger, please repeat after me. This ring I give you as a symbol of my love, devotion and respect.

(TO THE BRIDE) As you place the ring on his finger, please repeat after me. This ring I give you as a symbol of my love, devotion and respect.

The exchange of rings is meant to show your mutual love for each other, and to remind yourselves of the obligations that you have assumed toward each other today in our presence.

CLOSING REMARKS AND PRONOUNCEMENT

May these two people, now married, fulfill this covenant which they have made. May they openly give and take from each other, encouraging each other in whatever trials may befall them, sharing in each other’s joys, helping each other as each occasion requires. Having grown to trust themselves and each other, may they be unafraid to trust and welcome life’s experiences.

Insomuch as _____________and ____________have consented together to be married and have witnessed the same before this company, [and have declared the same by the giving and receiving of rings] I now pronounce them husband and wife. “What God Hath Joined Together, Let No Man Put Asunder.” You may kiss the Bride.

Ladies and Gentlemen I introduce Mr. and Mrs. _________________