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The Ritual of Marriage

PREFACE

The deep love of a man and a woman that is expressed in marriage is the most perfect union that we know in this world. It is a complete union of life and love - an intermingling of two lives that now become one.

Because this union is so intimate, the Scriptures use it to describe the relationship between God and His people. The prophets boldly proclaim that the Lord espouses Israel, and any infidelity of the people of Israel is tantamount to adultery. In the New Testament, Christ is called the Bridegroom of His Church. and His love endures even beyond the bonds of death.

Surely the marriage union we will witness today is a sacred event. It is the most profound "Yes" that two persons may speak to each other. Yet we must realize that nothing we do is perfect; we are all still growing into the fullness of the image of Christ. In marriage, each person brings his or her gift - the deep commitment to each other in love that is unwillingly limited by personal weakness - and offers this gift of love to God.

The Ritual of Marriage is our prayer to God to receive this gift of love, to bless it and perfect it through His Holy Spirit so that this marriage may be a living witness to the love of Christ for His Church. The Ritual of Marriage also speaks the promise of God's presence - the presence that raises this marriage to a new and higher level and reveals the true meaning of Christian marriage. The various symbols used in this ritual present us this meaning.

SYMBOL OF THE PROCESSION: The bride and groom are led into the church, just as by their own union they are led into a deep relationship in a life centered in Christ. Christ becomes the focal point of their relationship.

SYMBOL OF THE WEDDING RING: The wedding ring is a symbol of the exclusive commitment of this couple. It is a circle without beginning or end and expresses the eternal love to which they are called - a love that finds its source and model in the Holy Trinity.

SYMBOL OF THE CROWNING: The ceremony of the crowning is a most expressive part of the Ritual of Marriage, for here the mutual commitment of the couple is now raised to share in the life of the Holy Trinity - "crowned in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. " The crowns are the sign of God's blessing on this couple, for it is truly God Who unites the husband and wife. The three hymns (troparia) that precede the removal of the crowns reveal the call of marriage:

    Crowns of royalty: in marriage, the husband and wife become king and queen of a new unit of society, a new family, a little church.

    Crowns of martyrdom: the word martyr really means witness; and so man and wife should give witness of God's undying love for them as they journey through life growing and suffering, rejoicing and loving.

    Crowns of the Kingdom: marriage is a living relationship, one that grows continually and only finds its fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.


Having been led into the church and into a new relationship with Christ, and having been crowned into the Kingdom of God, the marriage is then sealed in the ultimate union in the celebration of the Eucharist. Now joined to each other as Christ is to the Church, the couple begin a new mission: they are sent forth to live as a reflection of God's love in this world.



The people stand as the priest leads the bridal procession into the church.

The people sing the following Psalm:

PSALM 127

-Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in His ways.
-You shall eat of your hand's labor:
blessed are you, and it shall be well with you.

-Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your house.
-Your sons, like olive shoots
around your table.

-Behold, in this way shall be blessed
the man who fears the Lord.
-May the Lord bless you out of Sion;
and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.

-May you see your children's children.
-Peace upon Israel.

When Psalm 127 is completed, the priest will ask the following question of the groom:

N., have you come here freely and without reservation to take N., here present, to be your wife according to the mind of the Church?

Groom: I have.

The priest asks the bride:

N., have you come here freely and without reservation to take N., here present, to be your husband according to the mind of the Church?

Bride: I have.

The priest, at the Ambo, intones:

Blessed is the kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen.

From Easter until Ascension we sing three times:

Christ is risen from the dead! * By death He conquered Death; * and to those in the graves He granted life.



SIT

LITANY OF PEACE

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For peace from on high, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For peace in the whole world, for the well-being of the holy Churches of God and for the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For this holy Church and for all who enter it with faith, reverence and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our holy ecumenical Pontiff, N., the Pope of Rome, for our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan N., for our God-loving Bishop N., for the venerable priesthood, the diaconate in Christ, and all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For our civil authorities and all in the service of our country, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: For the servants of God, N - and N., who are now to be joined in the common life of marriage, and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Cana of Galilee, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: That a chaste life and devoted children may be granted to them, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: hat they may rejoice at the sight of their sons and daughters, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: That they may be rewarded with good children and a life above reproach, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: That they and we be granted the petitions that are helpful to our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: That they and we be delivered from all affliction, wrath, and need, let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Protect us, save us, have mercy on us and preserve us, 0 God, by Your grace.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Remembering our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary, with all the Saints, let us commend ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ, our God.

R. To You, 0 Lord.

Priest: For to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is due all glory, honor, and worship, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen.

The priest continues:

Celebrant: Let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant: 0 God most pure, Author of All Creation, You, in Your love for mankind, transformed the rib of our forefather Adam into a woman, and blessed them saying: "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it." Through marriage You made them two in one flesh; for this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Those whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder.

In Your loving kindness You blessed Your servant Abraham; and, granting fruitfulness to Sarah, You made him the father of a multitude of nations.

You gave Isaac to Rebekah and blessed them with children. You joined Jacob and Rachel, raising from that union the twelve Patriarchs.

You united Joseph to Asenath and blessed them with children, Ephraim and Manasseh; and, accepting the prayer of Zachary and Elizabeth, You revealed in their child the Forerunner, John the Baptist.

You caused the ever-virgin Mary to blossom forth in the order of nature from the root of Jesse, and You Yourself became incarnate of her and were born of her for the salvation of the human race.

In Your indescribable graciousness and great goodness You came to Cana in Galilee, and blessed the marriage which took place there. Thus You made it clear that it is Your will that there should be lawful marriage and from it the procreation of children. Now, Most Holy Master, hear the supplication of us, Your servants. As You were there, so also be here with Your invisible presence; and bless this marriage, granting to Your servants N. and N., a peaceful and long life, matrimonial chastity, mutual love in the bond of peace, a long-lived posterity, happiness in their children, and the unfading crown of glory. Keep their married life above reproach, and grant them to see their childrens' children; give them dew from heaven and the fruitfulness of the earth; provide them with an abundance of temporal good things, that they in turn may share their abundance with those in need; and grant to everyone here present with them all that is necessary for salvation.

For You are a merciful, generous God and You love mankind; and we give glory to You, together with Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious, and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: Let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant: 0 Holy God, You formed man out of the dust of the earth. You fashioned a woman from his rib and joined her to him as a helpmate; for it pleased Your great generosity that man should not be alone upon earth. Now, 0 Master, stretch forth Your hand from Your holy dwellingplaceand join these Yourservants N. and N.; for You alone join the wife to her husband. Unite them in one mind and flesh, granting them fruitfulness and rewarding them with good children.

For Yours is the might, and Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen.




BESTOWAL OF RINGS

The priest blesses the rings:

These rings are blessed in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The following prayer is said twice; first for the groom and then for the bride:

The servant of God, N., is espoused to the servant of God, N., in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.




THE MARRIAGE VOWS

The groom and bride join their right hands upon the Book of Gospels. The priest covers their hands with his stole and right hand and then says to the GROOM:

Repeat after me:

I, N., take you, N., to be my wife, and I promise to love you, to respect you, to be always faithful to you, and never to forsake you until death do us part. So help me God, one in the Holy Trinity, and all the Saints.

Then the priest says to the BRIDE:

Repeat after me:

I, N., take you, N., to be my husband, and I promise to love you, to respect you, to give you matrimonial obedience, to be always faithful to you, and never to forsake you until death do us part. So help me God, one in the Holy Trinity, and all the Saints.

The priest blesses them with the sign of the cross, saying:

What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.




THE CROWNING

The priest places a crown on the head of the groom and bride, saying for each:

The servant of God, N., is crowned in marriage for the servant of God, N., in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

And blessing the couple, the priest says:

0 Lord, our God, crown them with glory and honor.




PROKIMENON

Celebrant: Wisdom!

Lector: You have placed crowns of precious stones upon their heads; they have asked life of You and You have given it to them.

    Verse: You have given them a blessing forever and have made them glad with the joy of Your presence.




EPISTLE

Celebrant: Wisdom!

Lector: A reading from the Epistle of Saint Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians: (5: 20-33)

Celebrant. Let us be attentive!

The Lector gives the reading.

Brethren: Give thanks to God the Father always and for everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Defer to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be submissive to their husbands as if to the Lord because the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of His body the church, as well as its Savior. As the church submits to Christ, so wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church. He gave Himself up for her to make her holy, purifying her in the bath of water by the power of the word, to present Himself a glorious church, holy and immaculate, without stain or wrinkle or anything of that sort. Husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. Observe that no one ever hates his own flesh: no, he nourishes it and takes care of it as Christ cares for the church - for we are members of His body.

    'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cling to his wife, and the two shal I be made into one.'

This is a great foreshadowing; I mean that it refers to Christ and the church. In any case, each one should love his wife as he loves himself, the wife for her part showing respect for her husband.

When the reading is completed, the priest blesses the Lector, saying:

Celebrant: Peace t be to you! Wisdom! Be attentive!




ALLELUIA

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse: You, 0 Lord, will keep us and preserve us forever and ever from this generation.




STAND

GOSPEL

Celebrant: Wisdom! Let us stand and listen to a reading fromtheHolyGospelaccordingtoSaintJohn. (2:11)

R. Glory be to You, 0 Lord; glory be to You!

Celebrant: Let us be attentive!

The priest gives the reading.

At that time there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and His disciples had likewise been invited to the celebration. At a certain point the wine ran out, and Jesus' mother told Him, 'They have no more wine.' Jesus replied, 'Woman, how does this concern of yours involve Me? My hour has not yet come. His mother instructed those waiting on table, 'Do whatever He tells you.' As prescribed for Jewish ceremonial washings, there were at hand six stone water jars, each one holding fifteen to twenty-five gallons. 'Fill those jars with water,' Jesus ordered, at which they filled them to the brim. 'Now,' He said, 'draw some out and take it to the waiter in charge.' They did as He instructed them. The waiter in charge tasted the water made wine, without knowing where it had come from; only the waiters knew, since they had drawn the water. Then the waiter in charge called the groom over and remarked to him: 'People usually serve the choice wine first; then when the guests have been drinking a while, a lesser vintage. What you have done is keep the choice wine until now.' Jesus performed this first of His signs at Cana in Galilee. Thus did He reveal His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

R. Glory be to You, 0 Lord; glory be to You!




SIT

LITANY

Priest: Let us all say with our whole soul and with our whole mind; let us say:

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: 0 Lord Almighty, God of our Fathers, we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Priest: Have mercy on us, 0 God, according to Your great mercy; we pray You, hear us and have mercy.

R. Lord, have mercy. (3)

Priest: Again we pray for the health and salvation of the servants of God, N. and N., now united in the common life of marriage.

R. Lord, have mercy. (3)

Priest: Again let us pray for the people present in this holy church who await Your great and abundant mercy, for all our brethren and all Christians of the true faith, and for their health and salvation.

R. Lord, have mercy. (3)

Priest: For You are a merciful God Who loves mankind, and we glorify You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: Let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant: 0 Lord our God, according to Your saving providence You came to Cana in Galilee, and by Your presence You manifested that marriage is an honorable state. Keep in peace and in oneness of mind these Your servants N. and N., whom it pleased You to unite. Show their marriage to be honorable, keep them faithful to each other, grant their marital life to be without sin, and enable them to attain a ripe old age, observing Your cornmandments with a pure heart. For You are our God, the God of mercy and salvation,. and we give glory to You, together wlth Your eternal Father and Your all-holy, gracious, and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen.




TROPARIA

The people chant these Troparia in Tone 7,

0 Lord, 0 Lord, * look down from heaven and see,* and visit this vineyard, and perfect this vine which Your right hand has planted.

0 holy Martyrs, * you have suffered courageously* and received your reward; * pray to the Lord, our God, * to have mercy on our souls.

Glory be to You, 0 Christ our God; * glory to the Apostles; * joy to the Martyrs * who proclaimed the consubstantial Trinity.

Then this Hirmos in Tone 5:

Rejoice, 0 Isaiah! * The Virgin was with Child and bore a Son, * Emmanuel. * He is God and Man, Orient is His name. * By extolling Him we also praise the Virgin.

When the Troparia have been completed, the priest removes the crowns while saying the following prayers:

Be exalted, 0 Bridegroom, as Abraham; and be blessed as Isaac; and multiply like Jacob, walking in peace and keeping the commandments of God in righteousness.

And you, 0 Bride, may you be exalted as Sarah, be happy as Rebekah; and multiply like Rachel, rejoicing in your husband and observing the prescriptions of the law, for such is the will of God.




STAND

While the people sing the following Cherubic Hymn, the priest prays and then incenses the sanctuary and people in preparation for the Great Entrance to bring the holy gifts of sacrifice to the holy altar.

CHERUBIC HYMN

Let us who mystically represent the Cherubim, and sing the thrice-holy hymn to the life-creating Trinity, now set aside al I earthly cares.




THE GREAT ENTRANCE

Celebrant: May the Lord God remember in His kingdom our holy ecumenical Pontiff N., Pope of Rome, our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan N., and our Godloving Bishop N., and the entire priestly, diaconal, and monastic order, our civil authorities, and all in the service of our country, the noble and ever-memorable founders and benefactors of this holy Church, and all you Christians of the true faith, always, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen. That we may welcome the King of All, invisibly escorted by angelic hosts. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Celebrant: Peace t be with all!

R. And with your spirit.

Celebrant: Let us love one another, so that with one mind we may profess:

R. The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit - the Trinity, one in substance and undivided.

Celebrant: In wisdom let us be attentive.




THE NICENE CREED I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, the only-begotten, born of the Father before all ages. Light of light, true God of true God, begotten, not made, of one substance with the Father through Whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and Mary the Virgin, and became man. He was also crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And He rose again on the third day, according to the scriptures. And He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, and of His kingdom there will be no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. Who spoke through the Prophets. In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I profess one baptism for the remission of sins. I expect the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Celebrant: Let us stand aright, let us stand in awe, let us be attentive to offer the holy oblation in peace.

R. The offering of peace, the sacrif ice of praise.

Celebrant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit t be with all of you.

R. And with your spirit.

Celebrant: Let us lift up our hearts.

R. We have them lifted up to the Lord.

Celebrant: LetusgivethankstotheLord.

R. It is proper and just to worship the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit-the Trinity, one in substance and undivided.

KNEEL

Celebrant: Singing, shouting, crying out and saying the triumphal hymn: R. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of Your glory; hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant: TAKE, EAT, THIS IS MY BODY, WHICH IS BROKEN FOR YOU FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: DRINK OF THIS, ALL OF YOU, THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, WHICH IS SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY, FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: We offer to You Yours of Your own, in behalf of al I and for all.

R. We praise You, we bless You, we thank You, 0 Lord, and we pray to You, our God.

Celebrant: (We offer this sacrifice) especially for our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of God, and ever-virgin Mary.

STAND

R. It is truly proper to glorify you, who have borne God, the Ever-blessed, Immaculate, and the Mother of our God - More honorable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim, who, a virgin, gave birth to God the Word, you, truly the Mother of God, we magnify.

From Easter until Ascension the following is sung instead of the above response:

The Angel exclaimed to her, full of grace: 'Rejoice, 0 pure Virgin, * again, I say 'Rejoice!'.* Your Son is risen from the grave on the third day * and has raised the dead. * Let all nations rejoice.'

Shine in splendor, * 0 new Jerusalem; * for the glory of the Lord is risen upon you, 0 Sion. * Sing with joy and rejoice. * And you, pure Mother of God, * rejoice in the resurrection of your Son.

Celebrant: Among the first, 0 Lord, remember our holy ecumenical Pontiff N., the Pope of Rome, our most reverend Archbishop and Metropolitan N., our God-loving Bishop N. Preserve them for Your holy churches in peace, safety, honor, and health for many years as they faithfully dispense the word of Your truth.

R. And remember all Your people.

Celebrant: And grant that we, with one voice and one heart, may glorify and praise Your most honored and sublime name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: And may the mercies of our great God and SaviorJesus Christ be with all of you.

R. And with your spirit.

If the LITANY OF SUPPLICATION is taken aloud by the Celebrant, the following responses are sung:

    Lord, have mercy. - Five petitions
    Grant it, 0 Lord. - Six petitions
    To You, 0 Lord. - The final petition

Celebrant: And grant, 0 Lord, that we may with confidence and without condemnation dare call You, the God of heaven, Father, and say:

R. Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Celebrant: For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: Peace t be with all.

R. And with your spirit.

Celebrant: BowyourheadstotheLord.

R. To You, 0 Lord.

Celebrant: Through the grace, the mercies and the loving-kindness of Your only-begotten Son with Whom You are blessed, together with Your all-holy, gracious, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: Let us be attentive! Holy things to the holy!

KNEEL

R. One is Holy, one is Lord, Jesus Christ, for the glory of God the Father. Amen.




While the priest takes Holy Communion the people sing the following Communion Hymn:

COMMUNION HYMN

Praise you the Lord, the Lord of heaven. Praise Him in the highest. Alleluia!




RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION

In the Byzantine Rite, Holy Communion is given under both species. It will be helpful to the priest if you tilt your head slightly backwards, open your mouth widely, but DO NOT EXTEND YOUR TONGUE. The priest will use a small gold spoon to place communion in your mouth, We ask that you do not close your lips upon the spoon.



Celebrant:Approach with fear of God and with faith.

R. Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord; God the Lord has revealed Himself to us.

From Easter until Ascension the following is sung instead of the above response:

Christ is risen from the dead! * By death He conquered Death; * and to those in the graves He granted life.




The people recite the Communion Prayer:

COMMUNION PRAYER

0 Lord, I believe and profess that You are truly Christ, the Son of the living God, Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. Accept me as a partaker of Your mystical supper, 0 Son of God; for I will not reveal Your mystery to Your enemies, nor will I give You a kiss as did Judas, but I ike the thief I confess to You:

Remember me, 0 Lord, when You shall come into Your kingdom. Remember me, 0 Master, when You shall come into Your kingdom. Remember me, 0 Holy One, when You shall come into Your kingdom.

May the partaking of Your Holy Mysteries, 0 Lord, be not for my judgment or condemnation, but for the healing of soul and body.

0 Lord, I also believe and profess that this, which I am about to receive, is truly Your most precious Body and Your life-giving Blood, which, I pray, make me worthy to receive for the remission of all my sins and for life everlasting. Amen.

0 God, be merciful to me a sinner. 0 God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me. 0 Lord, forgive me, for I have sinned without number.

The people now approach to receive Holy Communion. When all have received, the priest intones:

Celebrant: Save Your people, 0 God, and bless Your inheritance.

R. We have seen the true light; we have received the heavenly Spirit; we have found the true faith; and we worship the undivided Trinity; for the Trinity has saved us.

From Easter until Ascension we sing three times:

Christ is risen from the dead! * By death He conquered Death; * and to those in the graves He granted life.

After the following intonation, the priest will proceed to the Table of Preparation to consume the Holy Gifts and cleanse the chalice.

Celebrant: Blessed is our God always, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen.

SIT

R. May our lips be filled with Your praise, 0 Lord, so that we may sing of Your glory; for You have deemed us worthy to partake of Your holy, divine, immortal and life-creating Mysteries. Keep us in Your holiness, so that all the day long we may live according to Your truth. Alleluia!

From Easter until Ascension we sing three times:

Christ is risen from the dead! * By death He conquered Death; * and to those in the graves He granted life.

If the LITANY OF THANKSGIVING is taken aloud by the Celebrant, the following responses are sung:

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
To You, 0 Lord.
Amen.

Celebrant: Let us go forth in peace!

R. In the name of the Lord.

Celebrant: Let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant: 0 Lord, blessing those who bless You, and sanctifying those who trust in You, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, preserve the fullness of Your Church, sanctify those who love the beauty of Your house; glorify them in return by Your divine power, and do not forsake us who hope in You. Grant peace to Your world, to Your churches, to the priests, to our civil authorities and to all Your people. For every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from You, the Father of Lights; and we render glory, thanksgiving, and worship to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen. Blessed be the name of the Lord, now and forever. (3)

From Easter until Ascension the following is sung instead of the above response:

Christ is risen from the dead! * By death He conquered Death; * and to those in the graves He granted life.




CONCLUSION OF THE MARRIAGE SERVICE

Celebrant: Let us pray to the Lord.

R. Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant: 0 God, our God, You came to Cana in Galilee, and blessed the marriage there; now bless Your servants who through Your providence are united in the common life of marriage. Bless the daily course of their life; fill their life with good things; and accept their crowns into Your kingdom, keeping them pure, blameless and above reproach forever.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: Peace t be with all!

R. And with your spirit!

Celebrant: Bow your heads to the Lord!

R. To You, 0 Lord!

Celebrant: May the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the all-holy, consubstantial and life-creating Trinity, one Divinity and Kingdom, bless t you and grant you a long life, good children, advancement in life and in faith, fill you with an abundance of all good things of the earth, and deem you worthy of receiving the promised blessings through the prayers of the Mother of God and all the Saints.

R. Amen.




DISMISSAL

Celebrant: Glory be You, 0 Christ, our God, our hope; glory be to You!

R. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen. Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy. Give the blessing!

Celebrant: May Christ, our true God, Who by His presence in Cana of Galilee showed marriage to be an honorable state, have mercy on us and save us through the prayers of His most pure Mother, of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy Apostles, of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, (of Saint N, the patroness of this church,) and of all the Saints, for He is gracious and loves mankind.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: The blessing t of the Lord be upon you through His grace and loving-kindness, always, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: Grant, 0 Lord, to Your newly-wed servants N. and N., peace, health, and happiness for many years.

R. God grant them many years; God grant them many years; God grant them many happy years. In peace, health, and happiness; in peace, health, and happiness, God grant them many happy years.




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Celebrant: Glory be to You, 0 Christ, our God, our hope; glory be to You!

R. Christ is risen from the dead! By death He conquered Death, and to those in the graves He granted life. Lord, have mercy! Lord, have mercy! Lord, have mercy! Give the blessing!

Celebrant: May Christ our true God, risen from the dead, t)y death conquering Death, and granting life to all in the graves, and Who, by His presence in Cana of Galilee, showed marriage to be an honorable state, have mercy on us and save us through the prayers of His most holy Mother, of the holy, glorious, and praiseworthy Apostles, of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, (of Saint N., the patron(essi of this church,) and of all the Saints, for He is gracious and loves mankind.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: The blessing t of the Lord be upon you through His grace and loving kindness, always, now and ever, and forever.

R. Amen.

Celebrant: Grant, 0 Lord, to Your newly-wed servants N. and N., peace, health, and happiness for many years.

R. Christ is risen from the dead! * By death He conquered Death; * and to those in the graves He granted life.


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