the day and time appointed for Solemnization of Matrimony, the
Persons to be married shall come into the body of the Church, or
shall be ready in some proper house, with their friends and
neighbours; and there standing together, the Man on the right hand,
and the Woman on the left, the Priest shall say,
beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in
the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in
holy Matrimony; which is an honourable estate, instituted of God,
signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his
Church: which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his
presence and first miracle that he wrought in Cana of Galilee, and is
commended of Saint Paul to be honour-able among all men: and
therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly;
but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of
God. Into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be
joined. If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be
joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold
also speaking unto the Persons who are to be married, he shall say,
REQUIRE and charge you both, as ye will answer at the dreadful day of
judgment when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed, that if
either of you know any impediment, why ye may not be lawfully joined
together in Matrimony, ye do now confess it. For be ye well assured,
that if any persons are joined together otherwise than as God's Word
doth allow, their marriage is not lawful.
Priest, if he shall have reason to doubt of the lawfulness of the
proposed Marriage, may demand sufficient surety for his
indemnification: but if no impediment shall be alleged, or suspected,
the Priest shall say to the Man,
WILT thou have this Woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after
God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her,
comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health; and,
forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both
Man shall answer,
shall the Priest say unto the Woman,
WILT thou have this Man to thy wedded husband, to live together
after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love
him, comfort him, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health;
and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye
both shall live?
Woman shall answer,
shall the Priest say,
Who giveth this Woman to
be married to this Man?
shall they give their troth to each other in this manner. The
Priest, receiving the Woman at her father's or friend's hands, shall
cause the Man with his right hand to take the Woman by her right
hand, and to say after him as followeth.
N. take thee N. to 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, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according
to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
shall they loose their hands; and the Woman with her right hand
taking the Man by his right hand, shall likewise say after the Priest,
N. take thee N. to 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, to love and to cherish, till death us do part,
according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.
shall they again loose their hands; then the priest shall proceed to
bless the ring in the usual manner with Holy Water. (Only the woman
is required to be given a ring.)
V. Our help is in the
name of the Lord.
R. Who hath made the
heavens and earth.
V. Lord hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
V. Let us pray.
O Lord, this Ring, that he who gives it and she who wears it may
abide in thy peace, and continue in thy favour, unto their life's
end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
the Man shall give unto the Woman a Ring on this wise: the Priest
taking the Ring shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the
fourth finger of the Woman's left hand. And the Man holding the Ring
there, and taught by the Priest, shall say,
this Ring I thee wed: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
ring is placed on the thumb, forefinger, third finger, and then
fourth finger (leaving it there), with the four parts of the above
sentence, "With this Ring..."
Let us pray.
shall the Priest and the People, still standing, say the
Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive, those who
trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us
shall the Priest add,
ETERNAL God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind, Giver of all
spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life; Send thy blessing
upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in
thy Name; that they, living faithfully together, may surely perform
and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, (whereof this Ring
given and received is a token and pledge,) and may ever remain in
perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Priest may add one or both of the following prayers.
ALMIGHTY God, Creator of mankind, who only art the well-spring of
life; Bestow upon these thy servants, if it be thy will, the gift and
heritage of children; and grant that they may see their children
brought up in thy faith and fear, to the honour and glory of thy
Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
GOD, who hast so consecrated the state of Matrimony that in it is
represented the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt Christ and his
Church; Look mercifully upon these thy servants, that they may love,
honour, and cherish each other, and so live together in faithfulness
and patience, in wisdom and true godliness, that their home may be a
haven of blessing and of peace; through the same Jesus Christ our
Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit ever, one
God, world without end. Amen.
Then shall the
Priest join their right hands together, and say,
whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.
Then shall the
Priest speak unto the company.
as N. and N. have consented together in holy wedlock, and have
witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have
given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared
the same by giving and receiving a Ring, and by joining hands; I
pronounce that they are Man and Wife, In the Name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Man and Wife kneeling, the Priest shall add this Blessing.
the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and
keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you, and fill
you with all spiritual benediction and grace; that ye may so live
together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life
during the Nuptial mass, the following shall be added according to
After saying the Pater Noster but
not the Libera nos, the priest then
goes to the Epistle Corner, facing the bride and bridegroom, and says
over them the following prayers:
Oremus. (Let us pray.)
gracious, O Lord, to our humble sup-plications: and graciously
assist this thine institution, which thou hast established for the
increase of mankind: that what is joined together by thine authority,
may be preserved by thine aid. Through.
Oremus. (Let us pray.)
GOD, who by thine own mighty power, didst make all things out of
nothing: who, having set in order the beginnings of the world, didst
appoint Woman to be an inseparable helpmeet to Man, made like unto
God, so that thou didst give to woman's body its beginnings in man's
flesh, thereby teaching that what it pleased thee to form from one
substance, might never be lawfully separated: O God, who, by so
excellent a mystery hast consecrated the union of man and wife, as to
fore-shadow in this nuptial bond the union of Christ with his Church:
O God, by whom Woman is joined to Man, and the partner-ship, ordained
from the beginning, is endowed with such blessing that it alone was
not withdrawn either by the punish-ment of original sin, nor by the
sentence of the flood: graciously look upon this thy handmaid, who,
about to be joined in wedlock, seeks thy defense and protec-tion. May
it be to her a yoke of love and peace: faithful and chaste, may she
be wedded in Christ, and let her ever be the imitator of holy women:
let her be dear to her husband, like Rachel: wise, like Re-becca:
long-lived and faithful like Sara. Let not the author of deceit work
any of his evil deeds in her. May she continue, cling-ing to the
faith and to the command-ments. Bound in one union, let her shun all
unlawful contact. Let her protect her weakness by the strength of
discipline; let her be grave in behavior, respected for modesty,
well-instructed in heavenly doc-trine. Let her be fruitful in
offspring; be approved and innocent; and come to the repose of the
blessed and the kingdom of heaven. May they both see their children's
children to the third and fourth genera-tion, and may they reach the
old age which they desire. Through the same.
Then the priest returns to the center of the
altar and continues with the Libera nos as usual. The Bride and
Bridegroom are communicated first after the priest's communion and
the Ecce Agnus Dei.
The priest then gives the dismissal as usual
according to the season. The Celebrant then says, before blessing the
people, the following to the Bride and Bridegroom.
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob be with
you: and himself fulfill his blessing on you: that you may see your
children's children even to the third and fourth generation: and
thereafter possess life everlasting, by the aid of our Lord Jesus
Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the
unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R. Amen.
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