THE RITE OF HOLY MATRIMONY
Consent and Marriage Vows The Officiant questions the man:
Officiant: [N . . .], do you take [N . . .] for your lawful wedded Wife? Do you promise to love your wife here for life, comfort them, honor, and keep them in sickness and in health so long as love shall abide?
GROOM: I do.
The Officiant questions the woman:
Officiant: [N . . .], do you take [N . . .] for your lawful wedded Husband? Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor, and keep him in sickness and in health so long as love shall abide?
BRIDE: I do.
Officiant: Who gives this woman to be married by this man?
The Bride is given away by her father or by another family member or a friend, who then takes his or her place in the congregation.
Officiant: Please join your right hand together
Optional Hand fasting ceremony following the ancient Celtic tradition of Ireland, Wales and Scotland. The couple turn toward each other and join their right hands and a cord is wrapped around wrists in a figure 8 type fashion-the infinity symbol-or they hold elbows, Groom right to Bride left, and then bind over the forearm lose enough for them to drop into holding hands for the kiss as the cords make the figure 8 around their wrists
Officiant says below the following:
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes: tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief racks your mind.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.
These are the hands that will give you support and encourage you to chase your dreams. Together, everything you wish for can be realized.
After the Officiant is done with the saying above, the priest instructs the man and woman Respectively, the couple to repeat the vows (speaking directly one to the other) after the
Priest, who says them both.
GROOM: I [N... N...], take thee, [N... N...], to be my wedded Wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, as long as love abides; this is my solemn vow.
BRIDE: I [N... N...], take thee, [N... N...], to be my wedded Husband,
to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, as long as love abides; this is my solemn vow.
The man and woman then may kneel if so desired; while their right hands being joined
by the cord, the Priest then says while wrapping or tying together the hands of the couple:
Officiant: I join you together in marriage, in the Name of the Father +. And the Son +, and the Holy Spirit + Amen.
The Officiant unwraps the cord, and separate the hands of the couple then blesses the ring(s) with his hand, in the form of a Cross; and then ring to the Bride give to the man who puts it on the finger of the Bride, saying:
GROOM: With this ring, I give my heart and soul, therefore I wed to you.
In a double ring ceremony, the Officiant gives the Groom's ring to the woman who puts it on the finger of the Groom, saying:
BRIDE: With this ring, I give my heart and soul, therefore I wed to you.
Communion Services maybe done here
The couple may be allowed to kiss one another at this time than the priest announces the new married couple to the audience if there is one.