Colorado Wedding Ministers

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A Renaissance Wedding

Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God to join together this Couple in holy Matrimony; which is an honourable estate, instituted of God in Paradise, and into which holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined.   Who giveth this man/woman to be married to this man/woman?

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And also, speaking unto the persons that shall be married, the  Officiants hall say,

I 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, that ye confess it. For ye be well assured, that so many as be coupled together otherwise than God's Word doth allow are not joined together by God; neither is their Matrimony lawful.

 

If no impediment be alleged, then shall the Officiant say unto Party 1,

Sir/Madam, (____________), Wilt thou have this Man/Woman to be thy wedded husband/wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love him/her, comfort him/her, honour, and keep him/her, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him/her, so long as ye both shall live?

Party 1 shall answer: I will.

Then shall the Officiant say to Party 2,

Sir/Madam, (____________), Wilt thou have this Man/Woman to be thy wedded husband/wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love him/her, comfort him/her, honour, and keep him/her, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him/her, so long as ye both shall live?

Party 2 shall answer: I will.

It is said in Corinthians-

Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one.  Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude or selfish; It does not take offense, and is not resentful.  Love keeps no score of wrongs; does not gloat over other’s mistakes, but delights in the truth.  There is nothing love can not face.  There is not limit to its faith, its hope and its endurance.  Love does not come to an end.

The Officiant shall cause the Man/Woman with his right hand to take the Man/Woman by her/his right hand, and to say after him/her as follows,

I, (____________), take thee (____________) to my wedded wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, for fairer or fouler, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us depart, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereunto I plight thee my troth.

Party 2 shall likewise say after the Officiant,

I (____________), take thee (____________) to my wedded husband/wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to be bonny and buxom at bed and at board, to love and to cherish, till death us depart, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereunto I plight thee my troth.

Hand Fasting Option

The tradition of hand fasting allows the couple before their families and friends to enter into the ceremony to show their intent to marry. This allows them to live together for a year and a day. At the end of this time the couple would chose to either go their separate ways or walk together with their friends and family to the church to be married. Today, the hand fasting is used during ceremonies at festivals for couples to show their unity as (____________) and (____________) would like to do today.

Lord/Lady (____________) will first tie the rope to (____________)’s hand and then Lord/Lady (____________) will then in return tie the rope to (____________)’s.

The Officiant shall bless the Ring(s) in the following manner:

Bless these Rings, O merciful Lord, that those who wear them, that give and receive them, may be ever faithful to one another, remain in your peace, and live and grow old together in your love, under their own vine and fig tree, and seeing their children's children. Amen.

The ring is made of gold, a pure and precious metal.  This is symbolic of your love for each other.  The ring is shaped in a circle - a form which has no end.  This is symbolic of the commitment you are making to each other.  These rings are a visible sign to all people of the unending love that (____________) and (____________) pledge to each other in their marriage.

And the Officiant, taking the Ring, shall deliver it to the Man/Woman, and taught by the Minister, he/she shall say,

(Placing it upon the thumb) (____________), with this Ring I thee wed, (Placing it upon the index finger) and with my body I thee honor, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow; (Placing it upon the ring finger) In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

And the Officiant, taking the Ring, shall deliver it to the Man/Woman, and taught by the Officiant, he/she shall say,

(Placing it upon the thumb) (____________), with this Ring I thee wed, (Placing it upon the index finger) and with my body I thee honor, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow; (Placing it upon the ring finger) In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(Both shall kneel down), and the Officiant shall say,

Let us pray. O 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 couple, whom we bless in thy Name; so these persons 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 hereafter remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Then shall the Officiant join their right hands together, and say,

Those whom God hath joined together let no one put asunder.

Then shall the Officiant speak unto the people.

Forasmuch as Sir/Lady (____________) and Sir/Lady (____________) 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 of rings, and by joining of hands; I pronounce therefore that they be Husband/Wife together, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

And the Officiant shall add this blessing.

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you; and so 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 everlasting. Amen.

Ye may kiss!

Cheer ye all (____________) and (____________) as husband/wife.   Huzzah!