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GREETING
Friends, we are gathered together in the sight of God to witness and bless the join together of "Man" and "Woman" in marriage. The covenant of marriage was established by God, who created us male and female for each other. "Woman" and "Man" come to give themselves to one another in the holy covenant.

DECLARATION
I ask you now, in the presence of God and these people, to declare your intention to enter into union with one another through the grace of God.

    TO THE WOMAN:
        "Woman", will you have "Man" to be your husband, to live together in holy marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all other, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live? I WILL.

    TO THE MAN:
        "Man", will you have "Woman" to be your wife, to live together in holy marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all other, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live? I WILL.

RESPONSE OF THE FAMILIES AND PEOPLE
    The marriage of "Woman" and "Man" united their families and creates a new one. They ask for your blessing: Will all of you, by God's grace, do everything in your power to uphold and care for these two persons in marriage (If so, say "I WILL".)

PRAYER
PRESENTATION OF THE "Woman" (OPTIONAL)
    Who presents this woman to be married to this man?
    (I DO) or (Her mother and I)

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PRAYER:

EXCHANGING OF VOWS:  
    Man to the Woman
        In the name of God,
        I, "Man", take you "Woman", to be my 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,
          until we are parted by death.
        This is my solemn vow.

    Woman to the Man
        In the name of God,
        I, "Woman", take you "Man", to be my 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,
          until we are parted by death.
        This is my solemn vow.

UNITY CANDLE:  (IF USED)

BLESSING AND EXCHANGING OF RINGS:
    These rings are the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, signifying to us the union between Jesus Christ and his church.

    PRAYER: Bless, O Lord, the giving of these rings that they who wear them may live in your peace and continue in your favor all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

EXCHANGING of RINGS:  (repeat for both "Man" and "Woman")
_____"Man"/"Woman", I give you this ring
    as a sign of my vow,
    and with all that I am,
    and all that I have
    I honor you.  
    in the name of the Father,
    and of the Son,
    and of the Holy Spirit.

DECLARATION OF MARRIAGE:

    You have declared you consent and vows before God and this congregation. May God confirm your covenant and fill you both withy grace.

    Now that "Man" and "Woman" have given themselves to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands, and the giving and receiving of rings, I announce to you that they are husband and wife, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Those whom God has joined together, let no one put asunder.  AMEN.

BLESSING:     Prayer
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PRESENTATION OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM