1. GIVING OF THE BRIDE

Ask the congregation to remain standing

To the father(s) of the Bride(s):         who gives this/these Bride(s) in marriage?

(Ask the father(s)) of the bride(s) to take each of the bride(s) by the right hand and hand her (them) to the groom(s) and say “I do”.

Response:                     I do

To the groom (s):       Take your bride and step forward, please.

To the congregation:            Let us go before the lord in prayer.

“Our most gracious heavenly Father, we thank you for all the privileges of being in the Body of Christ.”

We have come together to watch the miracle of your love and the power of the Holy Spirit work in the lives of these two people.

We give you the praise, the honour, and the glory for the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives to bring us into a place of union with in w another. We thank you for it, in Jesus mighty name, amen.”

(The bridegroom’s assistants and ring bearer may remain standing while the congregation takes their seats)

  1. CHARGE TO THE BRIDE(S) AND GROOM (S)

As I read the scripture from the fifth chapter f the book of Ephesians, verses 22-32, I want you both to pay very close attention to the words stated there.

They are God’s words that the Holy Spirit will honour as we stand on them in faith.

The world has the idea that marriage is simply a legal contract, (we do not make light if that); but at the same time, it is a spiritual contract. When the Word of God between two born-again believers is spoken, the power of God goes into operation. There is an actual miracle that takes place when the faith of these two people is released in God’s power. God honours their faith and brings them into union together.

With these thoughts in mind, listen very carefully to these words:

“Wives, 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 of the body.

Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

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 of 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 joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

We have interviewed each of them and we are convinced that each is born-again and suitable to marry,

TO CONGREGATION

In the eyes of the Almighty God, these are washed in the blood of the lamb- Jesus Christ of Nazareth. They have prayed and before the Lord God Himself, they believe with all their hearts that it is the perfect will of God for them to be joined together in the Spirit. They have made their decision, so from now on until the end of this age, I charge you to do everything in your power to see that this union remains sold and strong, happy and prosperous.

Woe be unto any person who tampers with it and causes it to be anything other than prosperous in the eyes of God. this is a miraculous thing, and it is of God.

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  1. PROFESSION OF VOWS

To groom(s):    ………………………………… do you take  ……………………… as your wife as your own flesh, to love her even as Christ loves the Church, to protect her, care for her            the rest of your lives?

Response:         Yes I do.

(Then turn to her and make this profession of your faith)

Groom (s):        I, ……………………………………………… according to the Word of God, leave my father and my mother and I join myself to you, to be husband to you. From this moment forward, we shall be one.

To bride(s):      ……………………………………….. do you take         ……………………………… as your husband, submitting yourself to him unto the Lord, showing reverence to him as the head of this union for the rest of your lives?

Response(s):   Yes, I do

To Bride(s):     (Then turn to Him and make this profession of your faith)

I, ………………………………… according to the word of God,                               submit myself to you, to be wife to you. From this moment forward, we shall be one.

  1. EXCHANGE OF RINGS

A ring is a round object whose joint cannot be easily seen.

This means that a ring symbolizes an endless circle of love. With this ring, we believe this family shall experience an endless circle of love.

To groom(s):    Place the ring on her finger next to the index finger and say,                                        “this is a token of my love to you”.

To bride(s):      Place the ring on her finger next to the index finger and say                                         “this is a token of my love to you.”

  1. PRONOUNCEMENTS

To Bride(s) and Groom(s):      join your hands please.

As a representative of Jesus Christ, before the Father, ad by the power of the Holy Spirit of God, I now pronounce (each pair of) you one together as husband and wife.

You can now remove your wife’s veil.

  1. COMMUNION.

To the Bride(s) and Groom(s):

(All) of you as believers, have received the Communion Table in the past. you know what it means, but I want to remind you that we live under a covenant with God. This covenant was ratified by the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary.

Now we see something new that has never been before. When each of you were born-again, you became a new creature in Christ. Because you are now one, when you agree on things, they will come to pass. You have an awesome power at your disposal. You are going to notice a new realm of your life beginning now, because of a spiritual law that says one can put a thousand to flight, two can put ten thousands to flight.

From this time forward, your everyday life will be 10, times more powerful spiritually than ever before. it is important that in these first moments together you honour the Lord at His table. Jesus said, “This is my body, broken for you. Eat of it.”

Give bread to couple(s)

His precious body bore your sickness and carried your disease. Each of you (couples) together in the Name of Jesus have the God-given faith and the God given power to ward off sickness, disease, the storms of life, and everything that hell would offer any marriage. Through His broken body, you have received into your hand the awesome power of the Almighty God.

Jesus also said “This is my blood that ratifies the covenant. Drink of my blood and as often as you drink it, do it in remembrance of me.”

As you drink, I want you to remember the covenant He had made available to you and the power He has made yours.

Give cup to couple(s)

  1. BLESSING THE UNION

Galatians Chapter 3:13-14 says “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

1 Peter 3:7 says “a man and his wife are heirs together of the grace of life”

I am going to read to you your blessing, your inheritance, so listen carefully.

According to Deuteronomy, chapter 28:3-13 “Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. {storehouses: or, barns}

The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.

And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.

And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.

And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:”

  1. PRESENTATION TO CONGREGATION

To Bride(s) and Groom(s):            Please turn and face the congregation

To congregation: ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the newly wedded couple(s)

  1. SINGING OF MARRIAGE REGISTER.