S Mirin’s Cathedral
The Rite of Marriage
The Rites of Marriage include a wide selection of Scriptural Readings for use during the several different celebrations of Marriage. It is customary to ask the Bride and Groom to select the readings to be used during their wedding. In making their selection they should seek to promote and express two ideas: the dignity of marriage within the Christian context; and the uniqueness of their own particular bond and commitment to each other.
For the opening pages of the Sacred Scriptures and consistently throughout the Old and New Testaments the bond of marriage is seen as a God given blessing, the foundation of society and for the mutual up building and happiness of the two individuals concerned. At the same time the Sacred Scriptures openly proclaim the uniqueness of the individual before God. In the light of this second constant teaching of the Scriptures it is clear that each marriage has its own distinctive quality, the product of the cooperation and common vision of the unique individuals involved.
The readings should declare both ideas to those assembled to celebrate the marriage and should publicly announce the hopes, visions, the sense of unity, the firmness of conviction and presence of God for the Bride and Groom and the set out on their married life.
Please choose one reading from
(click to see choices)
The priest will choose a gospel reading.
Please let the priest officiating at your wedding know of your choice of readings well in advance of the ceremony.
"God created humankind in his image;
in the divine image he created them;
male and female he created them."