What Does a Priest Say at a Wedding Ceremony?

Roman Catholic Wedding Ceremonies

There is a standard way of marrying a loving couple in the eyes of the Roman Catholic religion.

Here is what a Priest would normally say:

Repeat after me… “I… take you… to be my (husband/wife). I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.”

Catholic Priest Performs Wedding Ceremony

Catholic Wedding Ceremonies

In the United States, Catholic wedding vows may also sound like this:

“I… take you… to be my lawfully wedded (husband/wife), to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.”

Many Priests are now removing the phrase, “Until death do us part,” since it sounds morbid. Like an “out” in a relationship. If you really like someone, shouldn’t you want to hang out in eternity too?

And then the Priest will finish with something like this:

“You have declared your consent before the Church. May the Lord in his goodness strengthen your consent and fill you both with his blessings. What God has joined, men must not divide. Amen.”

Lutheran Church Wedding Ceremonies

The wedding vows used in the Lutheran Churches are similar to this:

The Priest says, repeat after me…

“I, [name],
take you, [name of bride/groom],
to be my wedded [wife/husband],
to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
till death us do part,
according to God’s holy will;
and I pledge to you my faithfulness.”

Anglican Wedding Ceremonies

In an Anglican wedding ceremony, the priest will say something similar to this:

Priest: Repeat after me…

Groom: I… take thee… to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.

Bride: I… take thee… to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.

Then, as the man puts the wedding band on the bride’s finger, the priest may say:

With this Ring, I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

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