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by giving and receiving a ring, and by joining hands; I pronounce them Husband and Wife, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

And the minister shall add this blessing, the candidates kneeling ; and the minister putting his hands upon their heads. OD the Father, God the Son, God the

Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you: The Lord mercifully with his favor look upon you, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace ; that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.

SECTION 11.

An Abridged Service with the Ring.

EARLY beloved: We are gathered to

gether here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy matrimony, which is commended of St. Paul to be honorable among all men; and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate, these two persons present come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.

| If no impediment shall be alleged, the minister shall say to the

man :

M.,
WWE

ILT thou have this Woman to thy

wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

| The man shall answer :

I will.

WIL

Then shall the minister say to the woman : N., TILT thou have this Man to thy

wedded husband, to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou obey him and serve him, love, honor, and keep him, in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?

| The woman shall answer :

I will.

Then shall the man give unto the woman a ring. And the min

ister, taking the ring, shall deliver it unto the man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the woman's left hand. And the man holding the ring there, and taught by the minister, shall say :

WITH this ring I thee wed, and with all

: name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Or, if the candidate prefer not to repeat this portion of the service,

the minister may use in its place the following : As

will now give and receive the marriage ring. NHOSE whom God hath joined together

let no man put asunder.

| Then shall the minister speak unto the company : VORASMUCH as M. and N. have con

sented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have pledged their faith, each to the other, by giving and receiving a ring, and by joining their hands; I pronounce them Husband and Wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Prayer.

SECTION 111.

An Abridged Service without the Ring.

EARLY beloved: We are gathered to

gether here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy matrimony, which is commended of St. Paul to be honorable among all men; and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate, these two persons present come now to be joined. If any

man can show just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace. 1 If no impediment shall be ableged, the minister shall say to the

man :

WILT

M.,
WIL

TILT thou have this Woman to thy

wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

| The man shall answer : I will.

| Then shall the minister say to the woman : N., TILT thou have this Man to thy

wedded husband, to live together after God's ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou obey him and serve him, love, honor, and keep him, in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?

| The woman shall answer : I will. N further token of your assent to this cove

nant you will join your right hands, and those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.

| Then shall the minister speak unto the company : VORASMUCH as M. and N. have con

sented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this com

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pany, and thereto have pledged their faith, each to the other, by joining their hands; I pronounce them husband and wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Prayer.

SECTION IV. A Brief Service with a Scripture Lesson, and without the Ring. | The parties and witnesses standing in the presence of the minister,

he may first briefly invoke the Divine blessing upon the solemnities about to occur, and shall read one or more of the following Scripture lessons :

Matt. xix. 3-6. THI THE Pharisees also came unto him, tempting

him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female; and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife : and they twain shall be one flesh ? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Eph. v. 22–33.
IVES, submit yourselves unto your own

husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour

WIM

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