The Marriage Service



Order of worship 1

Order of worship 2

Order of worship 3

Baptism of Infants

Baptism of Adults


Covenant Service


Burial service

Burial service-cemetery


A Hymn may be sung by choir near the vestry.

The minister prays. People stand. Then he announces a hymn. The Choir and people sing or observe silence as organ is played (silent procession)


As the Presbyter (minister) comes to the Lordís table, the person with the processional Cross goes first, followed by Choir, then the person, who carries in both hands the Bible from which the lessons are to be read, then the presbyter.

The minister places the Bible on the Lordís Table or on a lectern.

A lyric or hymn is sung.

The persons to be married present themselves before the minister, the man standing at the right hand of the woman.

The minister says:

DEARLY beloved, we are gathered here in the presence of God to join this man and this woman in marriage.This is a way of life instituted by God, and Holy Scripture commands all men to hold it in honor.Our Lord Jesus Christ blessed it by his presence at Cana of Galilee.

About this way of life, hear what our Lord says: †††††††††††

Ď From the beginning of creation, ď God made them male and femaleĒ. ď For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and thee two shall become one.ĒSo they are no longer two but one.†† What therefore God has joined together let no man put asunder.í Mark 10:6-9

Marriage is therefore not by any to be undertaken lightly or ill advisedly, but seriously and prayerfully, duly considering the purposes for which it is ordained.

It is ordained:

That husband and wife may give to each other life-long companionship, help, and comfort, both in prosperity and in adversity;

That God may hallow and direct the natural instincts and affections created by himself, and redeemed in Christ;

That children may be born and brought up in families in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ to the glory of God;

That, marriage being thus held in honor, human society may stand upon firm foundations.


The minister says:

These two persons have come here to be made one in this holy estate.But if anyone here knows any just cause why they may not be married according to the discipline of the Church and the law of this land, let him now make it known, or else forever hold his peace.

If no impediment is alleged, he says to the persons who are to be married:

I charge you both in the presence of God, that if either of you knows any reason why you may not be joined together in marriage, you do now confess it.

If no impediment is alleged, the man and woman may now garland each other; and the minister says:

ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father, without whose help we cannot do anything as we ought, we pray that, as thou has brought these persons together by thy providence, thou wilt enrich them with thy grace, that they may enter into the marriage covenant as in thy sight, and truly keep the vows they are about to make; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then the minister says to the man:

N, will you have this woman, M, to be your wife, and cleave to her alone?

And the man answers: †††††††††† I will.

The minister says to the woman:

M, will you have this man, N, to be your husband, and cleave to him alone?

And the woman answers: †††††† I will.

If the woman is given in marriage by her parent or guardian, the minister says:

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

And the parent or guardian puts the womanís right hand into the right hand of the man.

If the parent or guardian is not present, the minister says:

N and M, give each other the right hand.

And the man says after the minister:

I, N, Take you, M, 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, cherish, and protect, till death us do part, According to Godís holy law; And to this I give you my pledge.

They still hold hands, and the woman says after the minister;

I, M, Take you, N, to be 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, cherish, and obey, till death us do part, According to Godís holy law; And to this I give you my pledge.

The minister says:

God has heard your vows, and we are witnesses.

The minister may bless the mangalasutra, ring, or rings, saying:

BLESS this mangalasutra [ring(s)], O merciful Lord, that he who gives it and she who wears it may ever be faithful one to the other, and continue together in love so long as they both shall live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The minister delivers the mangalasutra to the man, who puts it on the woman in the customary manner, and holds it.Or else the minister delivers the ring to the man, who puts it on the womanís finger, and holds it.The man then says after the minister:

This mangalasutra [ring] I give you in token of constant faith and abiding love. I honor you with my body, and all my worldly goods with you I share.

* If the woman gives a ring to the man, she puts it on his finger, and holds it, saying after the minister:

This ring I give you in token of constant faith and abiding love. I honor you with my body and all my worldly goods with you I share.

The minister declares:

As N and M have made their pledge to each other before God and before this congregation, I declare that they are now husband and wife, according to the law of this land and the ordinance of God; in the name of the Father, andof the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Whom therefore God has joined together let not man put asunder.

* Passages thus marked may be omitted at the discretion of the minister.

The man and the woman kneel while the congregation remains standing, and the minister says:

††††††††††† MOST merciful and gracious God, our Father, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named: Send thy blessing upon N and M, whom we bless in thy name; that, living faithfully together, they may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant between them made, and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy law; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

††††††††††† GOD the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, bless preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully look upon you with favor, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace: that you may so live together in this life that in the world to come you may have life everlasting.Amen.


A lyric or hymn is sung; or one or both of the following psalms may be said or sung.1 The man and woman go to the Lordís Table.If the ceremony of the Saptapadi (Seven Steps) is observed, the people say or sing Psalm 67, pausing after each verse while the man and woman take one step forward.

1 Any other recognized version of the psalms may be used.

* Psalm 67

1.May God be gracious to us and bless us,

and make his face to shine upon us,

2. That thy way may be known upon earth,

thy saving power among all nation

3. Let the peoples praise thee, O God;

Let all the peoples praise thee!

4.Let the nations be glad and sing for joy

for thou dost judge thee peoples with equity

and guide the nations upon the earth.

5. Let the peoples praise thee, O God;

let all the peoples praise thee!

6.The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, has blessed us.

7.God has blessed us;

Let all the ends of the earth fear him!

* Psalm 128


Blessed is everyone, who fears the Lord,

Who walks in his ways!

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;

You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine

Within your house;

Your children will be like olive shoots

Around your table.

Lo, thus shall the man be blessed

who fears the Lord.

The Lord bless you from Zion!

May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem

All the days of your life!

May you see your childrenís children!

Peace be upon Israel!

After each psalm all say or sing:

††††††††††† Glory be to the Father: and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;

††††††††††† As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

* A Bible or New Testament may then be placed in the hands of the newly married couple by the minister, with the words:

May the Word of God be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path.

The following passage of Scripture is read:

††††††††††† 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13.

*A sermon may be preached.

Then the minister says:

Let us pray

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done; In earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

Lord, save thy servant and thy handmaid:

And let them put their trust in thee.

O Lord, send help from thy holy place:

And evermore defend them.

Be unto them a tower of strength:

From the face of their enemy.

O Lord, hear our prayer:

And let our cry come unto thee.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting Father, who hast given to mankind the ordinance of marriage, and dost hallow it with thy blessing:Bless, we beseech thee, thy servants, N and M, now joined together as husband and wife; and grant that, bearing one anotherís burdens, sharing one anotherís joys, and together fulfilling the duties of their home, they may ever be faithful to each other in love and obedience to thy word; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, who didst share at Nazareth the life of an earthly home: Reign, we beseech thee, in the home of these thy servants as Lord and King; give them grace that they may minister to others as thou didst minister to men, and grant that by deed and word they may be witnesses of thy saving love to those amongst whom they live; for thy holy nameís sake, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God world without end. Amen.

The following prayer may be omitted if the woman is past childbearing.

O MERCIFUL Lord and heavenly father, by whose gracious gift mankind is increased: Bestow, we beseech thee, upon these thy servants the heritage and gifts of children, and grant that they may live together so long in godly love and honor, that they mat see their children brought up in Christian faith and virtue, to thy praise and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O ALMIGHTY Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

If the Lordís Supper follows, the service begins at the Breaking of the Bread.Otherwise, the minister says:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.

A lyric or hymn may be sung while the register is being signed.