Celebration and Blessing
of a Marriage
Episcopalians see marriage as one of the seven Christian sacraments.
While our culture understands weddings as a celebration of love and the legal beginning of a relationship between two people, Episcopalians see it as so much more!
In addition to celebrating the love between two persons and ritually beginning their relationship, we primarily see the sacrament of marriage as of one of the most important ways in which God transforms people as followers of Jesus. In the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage, we ask God’s blessing on the marriage of Christians as a sign of Christ’s relationship with his Church.
Throughout the preparation for an Episcopal wedding, the expectation is that the persons to be married have accepted the church’s values as their own. Preparation for a wedding at Trinity will include study and discussion of Christian marriage. Among other things, we will study and discuss texts found in Holy Scripture, in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (see page 422-438), and in other sources.
This is why Trinity Church is not a wedding “venue.” At least one of the parties being married at Trinity Church must be a member in good standing. A “member in good standing” is one who has been faithful in worship, serving, praying, and giving. (Exceptions to this policy are granted only to other Episcopal clergy who make specific request on behalf of a couple.)
What if neither the bride nor bridegroom are members in good standing at Trinity?
We are excited about what it can mean for people to become an active part of this community of faith, so we enthusiastically welcome anyone who desires to become an active members of Trinity! But if neither of the couple are active members of Trinity, we encourage them to plan for a civil wedding officiated over by a justice of the peace. Later, should the couple become active members, it would then be appropriate and exciting to plan for a blessing of their marriage among their community of faith.
For more information about weddings at Trinity, please review our wedding guidelines and policies.