Renewal of Marriage Vows or On the Anniversary of a Marriage
Concerning the Service
The service may take place in the home with friends and family, or at a special church service. The service may occasionally be shortened and adapted to commemorate special anniversaries during the Prayers of the People, but is not to be used as the principal Sunday liturgy. The eucharist may be celebrated.
Renewal of Marriage Vows
On the Anniversary of a Marriage
Gathering of the Community
The people stand. The celebrant greets the community.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
And also with you.
The celebrant may address the congregation in these or similar words.
Friends in Christ,
Let us pray.
Grant, O God, in your love,
The Proclamation of the Word
Two or more readings, including a Gospel reading, shall normally be read. Members of the family and friends of the husband and wife may read the lessons. A psalm, canticle, hymn, anthem or period of silence may follow the lessons. Suggested readings may be found in The Book of Alternative Services The readings and the response may be selected in consultation with the husband and wife. A sermon may follow.
The husband and wife present themselves before the celebrant, who asks them in turn the following question, to which each immediately makes response.
do you here,
Answer, I do.
The husband and wife may say together,
______ and ________
The Prayers of the People
The Prayers of the People may be led by a friend or member of the family of the husband and wife, or by the celebrant, or another minister. If the eucharist is celebrated, the gifts may be presented by the husband and wife. If the eucharist is not celebrated, the Lord's Prayer and the Peace follow.
When this form is used where there has been a reconciliation in a marriage, the celebrant may adapt it in consultation with the husband and wife. The following prayer may be said by the couple.
God of peace,