Marriage Forms and Information
Rites for Marriage and Revised Marriage Canon (Advent 2015)
The rites for marriage, approved at the 2015 General Convention, are now available for use. You may purchase them from Church Publishing (Liturgical Resources I: I Will Bless You and You Will Be a Blessing). The revised marriage canon is available here.
There are three authorized rites:
- The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage (1979)
- The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage 2 (2015) authorized for Trial Use for all couples
- The Witnessing and Blessing of Marriage (2015) authorized for Trial Use for all couples.
The Witnessing and Blessing of Lifelong Covenant (2012) is no longer available, except in countries where same sex marriage is prohibited. You may use each of the three rites as seems pastorally appropriate. The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage (1979) continues to use the language of male and female.
You need not have the bishop's permission to use any of the three authorized services. The appropriate Declaration of Intention should be used.
The requirements for Remarriage of Divorced Persons remain the same and apply to all couples. The bishop expects timely submission of requests for permission to remarry along with appropriate supportive material, as you see fit.
Marriage licenses should be signed in the usual fashion. Appropriate records of marriages should be kept at the church.
The authorized rites are marriage rites. They are not intended to bless relationships outside of marriage. Pastorally, you may need to offer the church's support and blessing of relationships where marriage is not possible, but such should not be construed as marriage. And you will need to construct an appropriate liturgical rite for such blessings.