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Welcome to family and friends:

In the eyes of God and each other, we are here today to celebrate that Groom and Bride are joined together in Holy matrimony. Marriage is a most honorable estate, created and Instituted by God, signifying unto us the mystical union, which also exists between Christ and the Church; so too may this marriage be adorned by true and abiding love. If anyone present can show just and legal cause why these two should not be married, let them speak now or forever hold their peace. Who brings this woman to marry this man?

Opening

In the days ahead of you, there will be some times of difficulty and conflict. When you find yourselves in these situations, I ask you to remember that it is better to be happy than to be right. It is better to yield, than to fight. And I ask you to remember what First Corinthians, Chapter 13 teaches us about love:

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love is never-ending.

Vows:

Groom, do you come before me to proclaim your love and devotion for Bride and to take her as your beloved wife?
Do you promise to respect her, and to care for her and at all times conduct yourselves as husband and wife?
Do you commit yourself to share your feelings of happiness and sadness?
Do you promise to love and cherish her, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her, until death do you part?

Bride, do you come before me to proclaim your love and devotion for Groom and to take him as your beloved husband?
Do you promise to respect him, and to care for him and at all times conduct yourselves as husband and wife?
Do you promise to love and cherish him, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him, until death do you part?

Rings

Groom and Bride have chosen rings as outward symbols of the commitment they make today.

From earliest times, the ring has been a symbol of committed love. An unbroken and never-ending circle symbolizes a commitment to love that is also never ending. Whenever you look at these rings, I hope that you will be reminded of the commitment to love each other that you have made here today. We ask that God bless these rings and this union of souls.

Groom, take the ring which you have selected, place it on Bride's finger, and say to her these words.
I give you this ring as a token of my love and commitment to live with you in a Christian marriage from this day forward. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bride, take the ring which you have selected, place it on Groom's finger, and say to him these words.
I give you this ring as a token of my love and commitment to live with you in a Christian marriage from this day forward. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Unity Candle

Groom and Bride, you have exchaged vows and rings expressing your desire to be united as one in a Christ-honoring marriage. As you enter marriage, may the light of his presence in your life and works through you be seen as a light in the darkness. May that truth be reflected as you now take the flames from two separate candles and blend them into the one center candle. May the Lord unite you with one faith, one hope, and one love.

Prayer

May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ: and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always.

Let us pray: God, bless this couple that you see before you this day. Give them the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love. Help them to continue building a relationship founded in your grace, rich in caring, and devoted in reaching for your perfection. May Alexander and Janice see each other as healer, protector, shelter and guide. We ask this in your name, Amen.

Pronouncement

Groom and Bride, having witnessed your vows for marriage, and by the authority vested in me, I proclaim that you are husband and wife according to the witness of the holy Christian church. Help each other. Be united. Live in peace, and the God of love and peace be with you. What God had joined together may no one separate.

Kiss:

You may seal your vows with a kiss.

Presentation:

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Groom Lastname, husband and wife.
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