Christian Wedding Vows -
Ceremony # 2

(Serving the Amicalola Falls area in the North Georgia Mountains)

Christian wedding vow

Ceremony # 2 is one of the Christian wedding vows because it has the reading of 1 Corinthians from the Bible about love. It also has other mentions of God within prayers and other parts.

The blanks within the pages are to be filled in with the names of the bride and groom.


The Wedding of ______________ and _______________
Day * Date * Time at Place or Venue

We welcome _________ and __________, their families and friends to the celebration of their love and the blessing of their new life. They come to dedicate themselves to God and to each other, and with His eternal help, to fashion their house into a home, their family into a unity of His Kingdom, and to achieve within their lives a hint of eternity. _________ and __________ come to publicly proclaim their love and devotion through holy marriage. (Christian wedding vows typically have several mentions of God.)

____________ and ___________, because this is a special day, we want to begin it in a special way, and that is with a moment of prayer. I’m going to ask that you close your eyes and turn within yourselves. And now, call forth that divine presence from within you, knowing that as you do so, God’s blessings are now being poured out upon you both. “Through the presence and power and the activity of God within you, we now see you blessed with an abundance of all good. We see your minds illumined by divine wisdom, your hearts quickened by divine love and your bodies purified and blessed with divine substance. This we do affirm through the power of the living presence of God within each of you.” Amen. (Beginning with a prayer is a common part of Christian wedding vows.)

(WHO GIVES THIS BRIDE IN MARRIAGE?)

___________ and ___________, true marriage is more than the joining of two persons in the bonds of matrimony. In its right relationship, it is the uniting of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond already exists between a man and a woman, it is proper that an outer acknowledgement be made. This acknowledgement is the prime objective of the ceremony. (Another example of Christian wedding vows.)

We are here to bear witness to the entry of these two loving friends, who are already one in spirit into the closer relationship of husband and wife.

_____________ and ____________, you are now taking into your care and keeping the happiness of one in the world, whom you love most dear, and the dynamic flow of love is the heart of marriage. This love emerges from, responds to, and is fellowship with God and each other. It is the challenge to create an atmosphere of freedom in which you both can develop your potentials. It is working together in an attitude of service for common goals. It is sharing from the depths of your being in the understanding presence of each other. It is a union of persons which respects individuality. It is the covenant of love which accepts weakness as well as strength. (Again more use of God's name for Christian wedding vows.)

You are adding to your life not only the affection and the response that your hearts desire, not only the happy companionship of hours together, but a deeper trust as well. It is the implied trust of loving. You are finding in each other that which complements your life. You are agreeing to be a tower of strength to one another. You are agreeing to carry a part of each other’s responsibilities. You are entering on an adventure of pure faith in which you give of yourselves to the utmost.

Opening Prayer

Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul, and let them fill your hearts:

“If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels, but have no love, I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal. If I have the gift of foretelling the future and hold in my mind not only all of human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I also have that absolute faith which can move mountains, but have no love I amount to nothing at all. If I dispose of all that I possess, yes, even if I give my own body to be burned, but have no love, I achieve precisely nothing.

This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience – it looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive: it is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance. Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage. It is not touch. It does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.

Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen. In this life, we have three great lasting qualities – faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (This quote is one of the most favorite ones used in Christian wedding vows.)

___________ and __________, will you turn and face each other and join hands. (Repeat after me):

“I, _______________, choose you, ______________, to be my wife as my friend, and my love. On this day I affirm the love that we share, looking to the future to deepen and strengthen it. I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph. Together we will dream and break bread. We will stumble but restore each other. We will share all things, serving each other and our fellow man. I will cherish and respect you, comfort and encourage you, be open with you, and stay with you as long as we shall live, bound by our love.” (The mention of breaking bread is symbolic in this type of Christian wedding vow.)

“I, ____________, choose you, ______________, to be my husband as my friend, and my love. On this day I affirm the love that we share, looking to the future to deepen and strengthen it. I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph. Together we will dream and break bread. We will stumble but restore each other. We will share all things, serving each other and our fellow man. I will cherish and respect you, comfort and encourage you, be open with you, and stay with you as long as we shall live, bound by our love.”

May I have the rings, please?

These rings are a symbol of the truth of the vows you have spoken. These rings represent the eternal love of God that lives in you and in the love that you share. (Another mention of God in this Christian wedding vow ceremony.)

Exchange of rings

(Groom repeat after me)

“__________, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and the continuing affirmation of the vows we have spoken.”

(Bride, repeat after me.)

“__________, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and the continuing affirmation of the vows we have spoken.”

Candlelighting

Before I pronounce you husband and wife, I should like to have both of you light this candle. The lighting of this single candle represents the bond of spiritual love that shall always mark your marriage. Light is symbolic of truth, of that which is good. Light can be many things to many people, such as divine truth, divine intelligence, divine life, a good thought, or the life force itself. Light is of God and His Truth; a candle represents whatever of God’s love, wisdom and truth we are able to express in our lives.

Let each of you therefore, seek always to share your light with the other in life. The loving words and thoughts that each of you share with the other will not only bless and illumine each other’s heart, but the greater light of the love of both of you together will touch many. Now offer the candle as a living dedication to your marriage….. (This lighting of the Unity Candle is also a favorite addition to Christian wedding vows.)

Prayer and Pronouncement

Let us pray, with the words of Paul.

“I want you to be happy in the Lord; let your tolerance be evident to everyone. The Lord is very near and there is no need to worry. But if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and thoughts in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (This use of Christ's name makes this definitely a Christian wedding vow.)

___________ and ___________ have pledged themselves to each other before God, their families and friends. In the name of the Holy Spirit who performs every true marriage, I now pronounce that they are husband and wife.

You may seal this marriage with a kiss….

Please face your family and friends….. I now present to you ____________ and ________________, husband and wife.

There are many other Bible quotes that can be used in Christian wedding vows. Some people like to read from Genesis in the Bible about a man leaving his home to be with his wife, among others.

This example of Christian wedding vows is also longer than most ceremonies. Therefore you may want to take that into consideration.


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