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constantly kept in the same by the power of the Holy Ghost, through faith, unto everlasting life. Fortify them against the assaults of sin and hell. Let not Satan prevail against them. Keep them from the evil that is in the world. Help them to walk in the Spirit, that they may not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. Defend them from all heresy and schism, from all apostasy and unbelief. Let them never draw back to perdition. Make them faithful unto death, that no man may take from them their crown.
And grant, O most merciful Father, that having continued thus steadfast in faith and hope to the end, they may. be counted worthy to be joined with Thy saints in heaven, and to have part with them finally in the resurrection of the dead; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then the Minie.er shall dismiss the Catechumens, saying:
Tbe peace of God which passeth all understanding, keep your heart and mind, through Christ Jesus. Amen.
At the day and time appointed, the persons to ke married shall come into the body of the Church, or shall be ready in some proper house, with their friends and neighbors; and there standing together, tae Man on the right hand, and the Woman on the left, the Minister
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
DEARLY BELOVED: We are assembled, in the sight of God and of His holy angels, to join together this man and this woman in the bonds of Matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted of God in the time of man's innocency, confirmed by the teaching of our blessed Saviour, and compared by St. Paul to the mystical union, which subsists between Christ and His Church.
Into this holy estate these two perscns are come to be joined. Therefore, if any man can show any just cause why they may not be lawfully joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter forever hold his peace.
And then addressing the persons to be married, he shall say:
I charge you each and both, as ye will answer be fore God at the day of judgment, if either of you
know 967 reason why ye may not be lawfully joined togetlice in matrimony, confess it now. For be well assured, that all those who are brought together, contrary to the word of God, are not joined together of God; neither is their marriage lawful.
If no impediment be alleged, the Minister shall say unto tho
M. Wilt thou take this woman to be thy wedded wife?
Wilt thru love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking every other, clruve to her only, so long as ye both shall live ?
The man shall answer:
Then shall the Minister say unto the woman:
n. Wilt thou take this man to be thy wedded husband ?
Wilt thou obey him, love, honor, and keep him in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking every other, cleave to him only, so long as ye both shall live?
The woman shall answer:
When a ring is used, the man shall give the ring to the woman, which the Minister taking from her shall deliver again to the man, who shall then place it upon the third finger of the woman's left hand, and holding it there, shall say after the Minister:
With this ring 1 thee wed: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say:
As a seal to this holy vow, give each other the right hand.
Then the Minister, laying his hand upon the jcined hands of the pair, shall say:
FORASMUCH as you, M, and N. have consented to gether in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company,
pronounce you man and wife, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Those whom God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Let us pray
O God, who by Thy mighty power hast made all things of nothing; who also didst appoint that out of man, created after Thine own image and similitude, woman should take her beginning; and knitting them together, didst teach that it should never be lawful to put asunder those whom Thou by mat. rimony hadst made one: look mercifully upon these Thy servants, that both this man may love his wife, according to Thy word, (as Christ did love His spouse the Church, who gave Himself for it, loving and cherishing it even as His own flesh,) and also that this woman may be loving and faithful to her husband; and in all quietness, sobriety, and peace, be a follower of holy and godly matrons. O Lord, bless them both, and grant them to inherit Thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Then shall he bless them :
God 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.
After which, if the service be in the church, and there be no ser. mon declaring the duties of marriage, the Minister shall read as follows:
ALL YE that are married, or that intend to take the excellent estate of matrimony upon you, hear what the Holy Scripture doth say as touching the duty of husbands towards their wives, and wives towards their husbands.
Saint Paul, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, the fifth Chapter, doth give this commandment to all married men: Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and
gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing cf water, by the word; that He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the Church: for we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be