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for worship on the occasion of marriage
Worship on the occasion of marriage should be simple
and reflect the importance of the step the couple is taking. The
Meeting gathers in silence at the appointed time, witnessing as two
individuals join together freely and equally.
of the Meeting for Worship and the procedure of a Friends wedding
should be explained to non-Friends in the
invitations or early in the Meeting. After a suitable time the
couple should rise (if able) and, taking each other by the hand,
declare to the other words to this effect:
the presence of God, and before these our Friends, I take thee,
________, to be my (wife, husband, partner, spouse), promising,
with Divine assistance, to be unto thee a loving and faithful
(wife, husband, partner, spouse) as long as we both shall live.
After these or similar declarations, the marriage certificate† should
be signed by the couple, using the names by which they will be
known. A Friend should be appointed in advance to read aloud
the certificate of marriage.<An
example of a marriage certificate is
found in Appendix 6b>.
period of worship follows, in which all are free to speak out of
the silence as they are led. When the time seems right the Clerk
designated Acting Clerk should close the Meeting. Everyone present
should be invited to sign the marriage certificate.When the marriage
is to be recorded, the Clerk is responsible for seeing that the required
legal document is delivered to the proper legal authority.
is not the Marriage License.