Weddings

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The Wedding of Peter and Catherine Creighton
Photo courtesy of Grazier Photography

Emmanuel Church welcomes couples who seek to solemnize their relationship in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony.  We view marriage as a wonderful gift from God. A married couple, by the way they fulfill their marriage vows, will love, honor, and nurture each other. But in Christian marriage, the relationship is also meant to be for others — an example of what it means to be loving and faithful to another human being.

Prior to conducting a marriage, the Epsicopal church requires pre-marital counseling, either by the officiating priest, or an approved marriage counselor.  Our service of Holy Matrimony can be found in the Book of Common Prayer, pg. 435. Typically, our Minister officiates at weddings. With his approval, other Episcopal clergy are welcome to officiate at a wedding held in our church. Regardless of who officiates, at least one member of the couple must be a baptized Christian. Second marriages are allowed in the Episcopal church at the discretion of the officiant with permission of the bishop. Those being remarried are required to attend counseling sessions for an extended period of time.

More detailed guidelines for weddings at Emmanuel Church may be found here.