Marriage Service Outline


Book of Common Prayer pg. 423

Prelude Music & Processional
The Declaration of Consent BCP 424

The Ministry of the Word BCP 425
If pre-arranged, a member of your family or friends may read the OT or NT Lessons. A normal Wedding Service will have three lessons, one Old Testament, one New Testament, and one Gospel.

Old Testament Lessons (choose one)
-Genesis 1:26-28 (Male and female He created them)
-Genesis 2:4-9, 15-24 (And they become one flesh)
-Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7 (Many waters cannot quench love)
-Tobit 8:5b-8 (That she and I may grow old together)

New Testament Lessons (choose one)
-1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (Love is patient and kind)
-Ephesians 3:14-19 (The Father from whom every family is named)
-Ephesians 5:1-2, 21-33 (Walk in love, Christ loved us)
-Colossians 3:12-17 (Love which binds together in harmony)
-1 John 4:7-16 (Let us love one another for love is of God)

Psalm, hymn, anthem or a selected piece of sacred music may be said or sung.

Gospel Readings (choose one, the clergy will read this)
-Matthew 5:1-10 (The Beatitudes)
-Matthew 5:13-16 (Let your light so shine)
-Matthew 7:21, 24-29 (House upon the rock)
-Mark 10:6-9, 13-16 (They are no longer two but one)
-John 15:9-12 (Love one another as I have loved you)

A homily/sermon follows

The Marriage Vows BCP 427
The Blessing and Giving of Rings BCP 427

The Prayers BCP 429 (If no Communion, Lord's Prayer is said BCP 428)

The Blessing of the Marriage BCP 430

The Peace BCP 431

Music or solo may be added here
If there is no mass, skip this section and go to the blessing and dismissal
The Holy Communion Rite Two BCP 361
The Offertory (The gifts of bread and wine)
Music/The Breaking of the Bread BCP 364
Post Communion Prayer BCP 432

Blessing and Dismissal
Recessional Music and Postlude

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