The state has delegated the duty of officiating marriages to the priest. He is there to supervise and guide the couple, as they exchange vows. He is also a spiritual leader and a mentor. In a wedding ceremony, the priest gives teachings according to the scriptures. He should pray for the service and seek blessings from the Heavenly Father at the beginning of the service. For those who are born again, prayers are the priority in everything they do, and they request the priest to dedicate the ceremony to God, for it to be successful. These are some of the responsibilities that are given to a priest.
Opening remarks. These are some of the opening words that a priest recites as a part of introduction: “Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today in the presence of these witnesses, to join _ and_ in matrimony commended to be honorable among all; and therefore, is not to be entered to lightly but reverently, lovingly, passionately and solemnly. Into this-these two persons present now come to be joined. If there is any person, who can show cause why they should not be joined together-let them speak now or forever hold their peace.” That is a crucial introduction. If there is someone ready to oppose the marriage with a justified reason, then the wedding ceremony must be called off until all things are resolved. If there is no one with an objection, then the ceremony proceeds as planned.
Say a word of prayer and give the first reading. The priest recites a word of prayer and quotes the bible scriptures that relate to marriage. This is to ensure that he sets the theme and mood right. It is at this moment that he defines the purpose of marriage and gives counsel to the couple on what they need to do to sustain the love bonds between them.
Officiate the wedding vows. This is an epic moment for the couple. All guests remain silent as the priest guides the couple through. He takes the lead with the recitals, and they repeat after him. There is a recital for the groom and a different one for the bride. After the couple is done taking the vows, the priest pronounces them husband and wife. The priest can proceed and request the husband to kiss his wife, as an act of love. The priest will then give his blessings to the newlyweds and wishes them a happy married life.
Published on: Saturday, 24 November 2018 Modified on: Thursday, 10 January 2019