mar ● riage, E ● pis ● co ● pa ● lian: 1. (n) a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God wherein the joining together of the two is witnessed and blessed by gathered family and friends. (syn. wedding, Holy Matrimony)
2. (v) The union, once blessed, is a state and an act continued throughout life, joining husband and wife in body, mind, and soul, "intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and when it is God's will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord."
In other words...
The wedding is the noun - the one time event that, although glorious in the sight of the Lord, pales in comparison to the verb that is Christian marriage - an ongoing act of love and grace between two people which mirrors Christ's love for the Church.
The above link will take you to a .pdf file of our wedding guidebook. We hope that it will help you throughout your wedding planning as well as answer many up front questions you may have. It is highly recommended to read through the guidebook before advancing too far into your wedding planning.
Also, please remember, dates for weddings are only selected after a preliminary meeting with Fr. Ryan.
Should you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Rector, Fr. Ryan Whitley, and he will be happy to speak with you. Congratulations on your engagement!
God of tenderness and strength,
you have brought our paths together
and led us to this day;
go with us now
as we travel through good times,
and through change.
Bless our home, our partings,
and our meetings.
Make us worthy of each other’s best,
and tender with each other’s dreams,
trusting in your love.
In the name of Jesus Christ,
St. George's mission is to share together God's work in our lives through liturgy and sacrament, through joyous and caring fellowship, and through courageous and compassionate engagement with the world.
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