We’d like to be married in the church
What is Holy Matrimony?
Holy Matrimony is a Sacrament of Vocation.
Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which a couple enters into a life-long union, makes their vows before God and the Church, and receives the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.
Who does Holy Family Marry?
The vocation to Holy Matrimony is available to persons of all gender expressions, identities, and sexual orientations.
One member of the couple is to be a baptized Christian.
All couples must make pre-marital counseling arrangements with Holy Family clergy.
Those desiring to be married must do an initial meeting with Holy Family clergy to:
Set a date on the church calendar.
Discuss the couple’s request to be married.
Answer any questions
Set out the preparation process.
Clarify church teachings regarding Christian marriage.
If either party has been previously divorced, specific requirements of the Church must be met before an Episcopal priest may perform the Blessing and Celebration of a Marriage. This includes submission of a remarriage petition to the bishop. Episcopal canon law requires a minimum of 30 days notice before a wedding can be solemnized.
Do we make up our own wedding liturgy?
Weddings follow the liturgy for The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage found on page 423 of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer or one of two additional trial liturgies approved at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church.
When are Weddings scheduled?
Marriages are not traditionally celebrated in Advent and in Lent because these are penitential seasons during which times festal liturgies, such as weddings, are not appropriate. Diocesan policy is that weddings during Advent or Lent should only happen in the case of a serious, pressing or compelling pastoral need.