Declaration of marriage
Official pronouncement of the couple as spiritually and legally wed.
You have declared your consent and vows before God and this congregation. May God
confirm your covenant and fill you both with grace.
Now that _____ & _____ have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the
joining of hands, and the giving and receiving of rings, I announce that they are husband
and wife (partners in life), in the name of God the Creator, the Redeemer, the Sustainer.
Let those whom God has joined together, let no one put asunder.
The joining of your lives into one common life did not begin and does not end with this
service. It is a continuing process to which you have, for the first time, publicly
dedicated yourselves today. Each day you must make again the decision to engage in life
together. These rings will serve as a reminder that in the midst of all the possibilities of
separation which are open to you, you have decided once again to be faithful to the
covenant which you have made before us. I now pronounce you husband and wife, in the
Name of God the Creator, and in Christ the Redeemer, and the Spirit who is Holy.
Contributed by Reverend Mary Kraus
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