CANON 18: Of the Solemnization of Holy Matrimony
Sec. 1. Every Member of the Clergy of this Church shall
conform to the laws of the State governing the creation
of the civil status of marriage, and also to the laws
of this Church governing the solemnization of Holy Matrimony.
Sec. 2. Before solemnizing a marriage the Member of the
Clergy shall have ascertained:
(a) That both parties have the right to contract a marriage
according to the laws of the State.
(b) That both parties understand that Holy Matrimony is
a physical and spiritual union of a man and a woman, entered
into within the community of faith, by mutual consent
of heart, mind, and will, and with intent that it be lifelong.
(c) That both parties freely and knowingly consent to
such marriage, without fraud, coercion, mistake as to
identity of a partner, or mental reservation.
(d) That at least one of the parties has received Holy
Baptism.?(e) That both parties have been instructed as
to the nature, meaning, and purpose of Holy Matrimony
by the Member of the Clergy, or that they have both received
such instruction from persons known by the Member of the
Clergy to be competent and responsible.
Sec. 3. No Member of the Clergy of this Church shall solemnize
any marriage unless the following procedures are complied
(a) The intention of the parties to contract marriage
shall have been signified to the Member of the Clergy
at least thirty days before the service of solemnization;
Provided, that for weighty cause, this requirement may
be dispensed with if one of the parties is a member of
the Congregation of the Member of the Clergy, or can furnish
satisfactory evidence of responsibility.
In case the thirty days' notice is waived, the Member
of the Clergy shall report such action in writing to the
(b)There shall be present at least two witnesses to the
solemnization of marriage.
(c) The Member of the Clergy shall record in the proper
register the date and place of the marriage, the names
of the parties and their parents, the age of the parties,
their residences, and their Church status; the witnesses
and the Member of the Clergy shall sign the record.
. (d) The Member of the Clergy shall have required that
the parties sign the following declaration:
. (e) "We, A.B. and C.D., desiring to receive the
blessing of Holy Matrimony in the Church, do solemnly
declare that we hold marriage to be a lifelong union of
husband and wife as it is set forth in the Book of Common
. (f) "We believe that the union of husband and wife,
in heart, body, and mind, is intended by God for their
mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another
in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is God's will,
for the procreation of children and their nurture in the
knowledge and love of the Lord.
. (g) "And we do engage ourselves, so far as in us
lies, to make our utmost effort to establish this relationship
and to seek God's help thereto."
Sec. 4. It shall be within the discretion of any Member
of the Clergy of this Church to decline to solemnize any
If one or both parties have been divorced, proof of divorce
must be supplied. An application must also be sent to
the Bishop's office for approval. The Diocese of Long
Island has a "three strikes and you are out"
rule for re-marriage after divorce.