Friends, we come together in this holy place to share with
___________ and ___________ a most important moment in their lives. Marriage was
instituted by God in the Garden of Eden when He saw that it was not good for man to be
alone. Christ beautified marriage with His presence in Cana of Galilee when He wrought His
first miracle. It is commended by the Apostle Paul who likened it to the holy union which
exists between Christ and His Church, in which our Lord Jesus is called the Bridegroom and
His Church, the Bride.
We have been invited to hear ___________ and ___________
promise to face the future together as husband and wife. __________ and _________, you
must recognize that this covenant is more than a legal contract. This is a bond of union
made in heaven. It is to be entered into with reverence. You are about to assume mutual
relationships and responsibilities and to promise undying devotions. Nothing is easier
than saying words, nothing harder than living them day by day.
Love between a Christian man and wife means caring as much
about the welfare and happiness of your marriage partner as about yourself. You will be
looking in the same direction together. Burdens will be lighter because you divide them.
Joys will be more intense because you share them. No other human tie is more tender, no
other vows more sacred than these you are about to assume. Now as you stand in the
presence of God, you must remember the responsibilities of a Christian man and wife.
Pastor to Groom -- ___________, you are to love ___________
as Christ loved the Church. You are to be the head of your wife. You are to respect and
comfort her. Will you take ______ for your wife?
Groom -- I will.
Pastor to Bride -- ___________, your duty as a Christian
wife is to submit to ___________. You are to be his helpmate. You are to obey, serve, and
honor him. Will you this day take ___________ as your husband?
Bride -- I will.
Giving away of Bride
Pastor -- Who is bringing ___________ to be united to
Father of the Bride -- Her mother and I.
Pastor to Bride's Parents -- Mr. and Mrs. ___________ are
you willing now and always to support and strengthen this marriage by upholding
___________ and ___________ with your concern?
Bride's Parents: We are.
Pastor to Groom's Parents: Mr. and Mrs. ___________ are you
willing now and always to support and strengthen this marriage by upholding ___________
and ___________ with your concern?
Groom's Parents: We are.
Pastor -- ___________ and ___________, do you have tokens
of the sincerity of these vows?
Bride and Groom -- We do.
Pastor to Groom -- What token do you give of the vows you
Groom -- This ring.
Pastor -- Bless this ring, O Lord, that he who gives it and
she who wears it may abide in Thy peace, and continue in Thy favor, unto their life's end;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Groom to Bride -- ___________ I give you this ring as a
pledge of the sincerity of my vows. (Groom places ring on bride's finger.)
Pastor to Bride -- ___________, what token do you give of
the vows you have made?
Bride -- This ring.
Pastor -- Bless this ring, O Lord, that she who gives it
and he who wears it may abide in your peace, and continue in your favor, until their
life's end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bride to Groom -- ___________ I give you this ring as a
pledge of the sincerity of my vows. (Bride places ring on groom's finger.)
Pastor -- You, ___________ and ___________ have pledged
your devotion to each other. It is not these words that have made your marriage real, but
the God of love, who has welded your hearts together as one. He has said, "For this
cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife and the
two shall become one flesh."
Kneel for Prayer
Ministering in the name of the Lord Jesus, I now pronounce
you husband and wife. May Christ be the Head of your home. May He be the unseen Guest at
every meal, the Listener to every conversation. May Christ's love rule your hearts and
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you: Mr. and Mrs.