Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! We are here to assist you as you enter into married life reverently, deliberately, and according to God’s will. Christian marriage is a request for God’s blessing upon a covenant freely undertaken by a couple for their lifetime. We understand the wedding ceremony to be only the first of many sacred steps toward life-long communion and commitment with one another and with God through the Church. The Church understands its role as one that blesses a couple’s vows for a lifelong relationship and commits to helping the marriage partners flourish in that relationship. As a sacrament of the church, all weddings at Trinity use the service for the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage that is found in The Book of Common Prayer.
Here at Trinity, we are pleased to support the decision to change the practice of our diocese regarding the marriage of gay and lesbian couples. As of September 1, 2012, clergy may officiate and sign marriage licenses at the full civil and sacramental marriages of same sex couples.
We also welcome interfaith marriages and clergy, and scriptures and readings from other faiths may be incorporated into the liturgy with the cooperation and approval of the officiating priest. Personal written vows may not be used in lieu of the vows of the liturgy.
Trinity requires at least six months’ advance notice prior to a wedding. In the case where either party has been married before and divorced and the former spouse is still living, eight months must be allowed between the initial application and the date of the wedding.
For more information or to begin the process of possibly scheduling a wedding, contact Ellen Andrews, Associate Director for Pastoral Care & Community, at email@example.com.