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Elements of the Wedding Ceremony


Wedding Rings

PRESENTATION OF RINGS

What do you bring as the sign of your promise?

When the rings are presented, the minister may say the following prayer.

By your blessing, O God, may these rings be to N. and N. symbols of unending love and faithfulness, reminding them of the covenant they make this day, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

#1

As each ring is given, the one giving the ring says:

This ring I give you,
as a sign of our constant faith
and abiding love,
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

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#2

With this ring,
I give you my promise that from this day forward,
you shall not walk alone.
May my heart be your shelter
And my arms be your home.
May God (Spirit) bless you always.
May we talk together through all things.
May you feel deeply loved, for indeed you are.
May you always see your innocence in my eyes.
I give you my heart.
I have no greater gift to give.
I promise I shall always do my best.
I feel so honored to call you my husband/wife
I feel so pleased to call you mine.
May we feel this joy forever.
I thank God.
I thank you and I love you.

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#3

Taking the rings from the ring bearer or best man, the minister lifts up the rings before the congregation and says:

For many centuries, a wedding ring has been a symbol of a pledge that those who give a ring intend to live up to the vows and promises made at the time of marriage. A ring is a visible sign of an inward grace which signifies the givers and receivers becoming one in holy matrimony through the church of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us pray:

Enable, O Lord, the ring giver and the ring receiver to fulfill the vows taken here and to know your joyful presence in their marriage and family; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The minister hands the ring to the groom and asks him to repeat the following vow:

N., as evidence of my love for you
and my vow to be your faithful companion
as long as life shall last,
I joyfully place this ring upon your finger.
In the name of the Father,
the Son
and the Holy Spirit.

The minister hands the ring to the bride and asks her to repeat the following vow:

N., as evidence of my love for you
and my vow to be your faithful companion
as long as life shall last,
I joyfully place this ring upon your finger.
In the name of the Father,
the Son
and the Holy Spirit.

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#4

Receiving the rings from the ring bearer or best man, the minister says:

These rings are symbols of the joining together in marriage and of the intention of the giver and the receiver to live up to the vows here being made before God and this company.

Let us pray:

O Lord, enable N. and N. to be aware of this sacred moment when they give evidence of their pledge of love and loyalty to one another. May they know your peace and your favor as they begin their new life together. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The minister hands the ring to the groom and asks him to repeat the following vow:

N., I give you this ring
as my promise to be faithful to you
and to try my best,
with God's help,
to live up to the vows we now take.
With this ring,
I show my willingness to be wed to you,
until we are parted by death.
In the name of the Father,
the Son
and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

The minister then hands the ring to the bride and asks her to repeat the following vow:

N., I give you this ring
as my promise to be faithful to you
and to try my best,
with God's help,
to live up to the vows we now take.
With this ring,
I show my willingness to be wed to you,
until we are parted by death.
In the name of the Father,
the Son
and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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#5

Getting the rings from the ring bearer or best man, the minister lifts them up and says to the congregation:

These rings are a visible sign of the pledge N. and N. are making to each other. They are a symbol of their unification in marriage through the church of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let us pray:

Grant, O Lord, that the giver and the receiver of a ring may be truly blessed as they show their intentions before you and all who have gathered here. May they know your grace and peace in their marriage and home. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Handing the bride's ring to the groom, the minister asks him to repeat the following vow as he puts the ring on her finger:

As a sign of my sincere love for you, N.,
I give you this ring.
Wear it in the knowledge
that I cherish you with all of my heart
and will, with God's help,
try to live up to the responsibilities of marriage
as best I can.

Handing the groom's ring to the bride, the minister asks her to repeat the following vow as she puts the ring on his finger: As a sign of my sincere love for you, N.,
I give you this ring.
Wear it in the knowledge
that I cherish you with all of my heart
and will, with God's help,
try to live up the responsibilities of marriage
as best I can.

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#6

The minister receives the rings from the person responsible for the rings, lifts them up and says:

Wedding rings are visible symbols of a pledge and commitment which brides and grooms promise to each another. Today, all of us are witnesses to the vows of loyalty N. and N. are making here in the presence of God.

Let us bow in prayer:

Heavenly Father, how joyous it is to witness the consecration of N. and N. to one another. Recognizing the importance of this occasion, we pray that you will help them to make their promises with sincerity and the assurance that you can give them the power to live up to all vows taken. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The bride's ring is then placed on her ring finger by the groom. Then the minister asks the groom to repeat these words:

N., I give you this ring
as evidence of my deep love for you.
I pledge to you that, with God's help,
I will strive to be a willing helper,
a true friend and comforter
and a dependable and loving husband.
This vow I make
in the name of the Father,
the Son
and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Then the groom's ring is placed on his ring finger by the bride. She is asked to repeat these words after the minister:

N., I give you this ring
as evidence of my deep love for you.
I pledge to you that, with God's help,
I will strive to be a willing helper,
a true friend and comforter
and a dependable and loving wife.
This vow I make in the name of the Father,
the Son
and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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#7

The minister, taking the ring or rings, says,

I hold in my hands beautiful rings. They are made of precious metal representing two precious lives that stand before me. The ring has no beginning, no end...it represents the circle of life-the circle of love. May they be given, and received, to remind you of the vows you have made this day.

Let us pray...
Bless O Lord, the giving of these rings, that they who wear them may abide in your peace, and continue in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The minister then hands the appropriate ring to the man to put upon the third finger of the woman's left hand. The man, holding the ring there, repeats after the minister,

In token and pledge
of my constant faith
and abiding love,
with this ring I thee wed
in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Then the groom's ring is placed on his ring finger by the bride. She repeats these words after the minister:

In token and pledge
of my constant faith
and abiding love,
with this ring I thee wed
in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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#8

Let us pray...

Bless O Lord, the giving of these rings, that they who wear them may abide in your peace, and continue in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The minister then hands the appropriate ring to the man to put upon the third finger of the woman's left hand. The man, holding the ring there, repeats after the minister,

With this ring
I give you my heart.
I promise from this day forward,
you shall not walk alone.
May my heart be your shelter
and my arms be your home.

Then the groom's ring is placed on his ring finger by the bride. She is asked to repeat the same words after the minister.

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#9

The minister receives the rings from the person responsible for the rings, lifts them up and says:

I hold in my hands beautiful rings. They are made of precious metal representing two precious lives that stand before me. The ring has no beginning, no end...it represents the circle of life-the circle of love. May they be given, and received, to remind you of the vows you have made this day.

I, _________, take you, ___________,
to be my (wife/husband).
To share all that I am
and all that I have,
for all time to come.
And I promise to do all in my power
to keep my love
as deep and as strong
as it is today.
I give you this ring
to wear with love and joy.
As a ring has no end,
neither shall my love for you.
I choose you to be my (wife/husband)
this day and forevermore.

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