This is a traditional marriage ceremony.
Of course, couples may choose alternate vows if they so desire.
Do not use the Basic Ritual for this ceremony.
With all parties gathered together, and the couple facing the priest/ess,
the priest/ess shall greet the couple and those in attendance with these words:
Marriage is an institution of divine appointment
and is commended as honorable among the people. It is the most important step in life and should not therefore be entered
into unadvisedly or lightly, but discreetly and soberly.
In this state these two persons come now to be joined. If any person
present can show cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak or lese hereafter forever hold his
I solemnly require and charge you both, as you have for joy and peace in
the marriage state, if either of you know any just cause why you may not be lawfully joined together in matrimony, you do
now confess it.
Is it then your will to proceed?
After the couple have answered "yes", the priest/ess
shall join their right hands and addressing the man shall ask:
Do you, (name), take this woman to be your lawful
wife and do you promise before God and these witnesses, to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health,
and forsaking all others keep thee only onto her so long as you both shall live?
After the man has answered "I do", the priest/ess
shall ask the woman:
Do you, (name), take this man to be your lawful
husband; and do you solemnly promise before God and these witnesses that you will love, honor and keep him in sickness and
in health, and forsaking all others keep thee only unto him as long as you both shall live?
The woman shall answer "I Do".
If the couple wishes to exchange wedding rings, the priest/ess shall instruct
the man to place the ring on the third finger of the woman's left hand and hold the ring there as he repeats after the priest/ess
With this ring I thee wed and with all my worldly
goods I thee endow, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
The man shall release the woman's hand.
If this is to be a double-ring ceremony, the woman will place the ring on the man's hand and repeat the same words after the
When rings have been exchanged, the priest/ess shall say:
In as much as this man and this woman have in
the presence of God and these witnesses consented together to be joined in the lawful bonds of matrimony and thereto have
given and pledged their troth each to the other and have declared the same by giving and receiving a ring, I now according
to the ordinances of God and in the name of the State of (state), pronounce them husband and wife. "What therefore God
hath joined together, let no man put asunder."
And now, may the God of peace, prosper and bless you and may the grace of
Jesus Christ abound with you, now and always. Amen.