Are you seeking to be married at St. Luke’s or by our rector? If so, here are a few things you should know.
Weddings are wonderful but they point to something greater than the wedding day. So, we don’t celebrate weddings, we celebrate marriage. We believe that Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between two adults in the presence of God. It is required that one, at least, of the parties must be a baptized Christian; that the ceremony be attested to by at least two witnesses; and that the marriage conform to the laws of the state and the canons of this church.
A priest or a bishop normally presides at the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage because such ministers alone have the function of pronouncing the nuptial blessing, and of celebrating the Holy Eucharist which you can elect to include in your service.
All couples seeking to be married in an Episcopal Church or by our clergy need to have marriage preparation. This is a time of exploring more fully aspects of marriage and how it might be different for you once you are married. In addition, if either or both have been divorced, the approval of our bishop is required before a marriage can be celebrated.
To read St. Luke’s policy on celebrating marriage at St. Luke’s, please click here.
If you would like to learn more about being married at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church or by our rector, please contact the Rev. Frank Maxwell at email@example.com