Short and Religious
MARRIAGE CEREMONY #2
(Short and Religious)
We are gathered together in the sight of God and in the face of this company to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony, which is ordained of God and is to be honored by all men. Therefore, it is not to be entered into lightly or unadvisably, but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God.
Into this holy estate _________ and _________ come now to be joined. If there be anyone present who knows any just cause why they may not be fully joined in marriage, let them now make it known, or ever after hold their peace.
_____________ and __________, you have made known to me that you desire to be married to each other, and I consider it my duty before I pronounce the words which will make you husband and wife, to remind you that after the marriage is once performed, the law holds you to various obligations and liabilities of married people.
Marriage is more than a contract or a partnership. It is an institution, and in the maintenance of that institution the civilization of the world depends, because marriage is the foundation of the family and of society, without which there can be no civilization.
Marriage is the noblest bond of human life and the true basis of human progress.
Would you please join your right hands.
Having admonished you now of the sacredness of the ties which you are about to assume, ask you, __________________ is it your free and voluntary will to take this woman, whom you have by your right hand, to be your lawful wedded wife, to love, cherish and protect her, to provide for her to the extent of your ability, to treat her at all times with that kindness and consideration which is due from a husband to his wife, and to cling to her in adversity as well as in prosperity, to especially forego all other women, and will you be a true a faithful husband to her until death shall you part?
If so, answer I will.
I ask you now, __________, is it your free and voluntary will to take this man, whom you have by your right hand, to be your lawful wedded husband, to love and cherish him, to assist him to the extent of your ability, to treat him with that kindness and consideration which is due from a wife to a husband, and to cling to him in adversity as well as in prosperity, to especially forego all other men, and will you be a true and faithful wife to him until death shall you part?
If so, answer I will.
Do you have the rings?
These rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, signifying unto all, the uniting of this man and this woman in holy matrimony.
_________ please put the ring on __________ finger and repeat after me: “In token and pledge of the love between us made, with this ring I thee wed.”
________ please put the ring on ________ finger and repeat after me: “In token and pledge of the love between us made, with this ring I thee wed.”
The exchange of rings is not an idle ceremony, but it has a deep significance. The rings are formed of a noble metal to indicate a noble and pure affection and esteem for each other; the form is round to indicate that your mutual love shall never come to an end, and it is a token of a sign which you can see every day and which shall remind you of the obligations which you have assumed toward each other in our presence.
Having given me your free and voluntary consent to become husband and wife, it remains for me only to speak the words by which your association shall be formed to your own happiness, providing that you are faithful to the promises which you have made in our presence.
Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the law of this state, and in the presence of God and these witnesses, I pronounce and declare you to be lawfully married, and you are now husband and wife. What God hath joined together let no man put asunder.
You may now kiss the bride.