St Cuthbert’s Church is a lovely venue for the celebration of your marriage. We understand marriage to be a sacrament – that is to say a special means by which God’s amazing and self-giving love is radiated into the world through the love that a couple have for one another and the covenantal promises that they make as they minister to each other at the heart of this great and wonderful sacrament.
Mother Alysoun will be very happy to discuss the possibilities for your marriage at St Cuthbert’s or any other celebration of life and love. Further details about marriage in the Church of England may be found on the wider Church of England website by clicking here.
At the conclusion of the marriage in the contemporary Common Worship service, after the vows have been taken and before the registers are signed, there is the following beautiful blessing of the couple which is indeed a blessing of any committed relationship and a celebration of that abundant life and love which flows from the heart of God as God’s gift.
The blessing of the couple during the marriage service
Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
for you have created joy and gladness,
pleasure and delight, love, peace and fellowship.
Pour out the abundance of your blessing
upon N and N in their new life together.
Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts
and a crown upon their heads.
Bless them in their work and in their companionship;
awake and asleep,
in joy and in sorrow,
in life and in death.
Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that banquet
where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home.
We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.