Regarding weddings at St. Paul's, as Holy Matrimony is a sacrament in the Episcopal Church, only members and direct family of members of St. Paul's are eligible to be married at St. Paul's.
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is the rite of the church in which two people "enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows" (BCP, p. 861). Such a union is understood to be intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is God's will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord (BCP, p. 423). At the Declaration of Consent, both the woman and the man promise to love, comfort, honor, and keep their spouse, in sickness and in health, and, forsaking all others, to be faithful to their spouse as long as they both live (BCP, p. 424). The congregation witnesses the couple's promises, and the members of the congregation promise to do all in their power to uphold the couple in their marriage. At the Marriage, the couple pledges their lives to each other by the giving and receiving of rings as symbols of their vows.
In the Episcopal Church it is required that at least one of the parties be a baptized Christian, that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses, and that the marriage conform to the laws of the state and the canons of the church. The member of the clergy who will solemnize the marriage typically meets with the couple on several occasions prior to the service to discuss the meaning of Christian marriage in the couple's life. The Rector requires at least six months of pre-marital counseling, scheduled to begin no less than seven months of the proposed wedding date. When one of the parties has been previously married and divorced, the consent of the diocesan bishop must be obtained prior to solemnization of the marriage.
If you have any questions, please contact the church office at (704)289-8434.
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