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A Personalized Wedding Ceremony

ULC ministers are able to make the union of two persons even more memorable by providing a personalized wedding ceremony. Many couples today are writing their own version of the marriage ceremony and with a ULC wedding they need not stay within the guidelines of an established ceremony. The ULC minister is free to cooperate to make each ceremony a very special remembrance. Most persons recognize the religious element in marriage and wish to carry with them into the marriage the religious upbringing of their childhood. Most churches approach marriage in the same fashion, but there are unique characteristics of each that set them apart. For example, Protestant ceremonies usually take place before the altar, with the minister facing the bridal couple and the congregation. The minister usually begins with a short sermon on the sageness of married life, the bride and groom then exchange promises to "love, honor, and cherish" each other as long as they both shall life, followed by the exchanging of rings, and finally, the minister declares that they "are husband and wife." Roman Catholic weddings are part of the ceremony of the Nuptial Mass. At one time, the Mass followed the wedding ceremony, But since 1964, the ceremony takes place during the Mass--after the Gospel. During the wedding ceremony, the priest instructs the couple and each express willingness to marry the other, and the marriage vows are repeated after the priest. The priest then confirms the marriage vows with the words "l join you together in matrimony ...". He sprinkles the couple with holy water and blesses the rings. The ceremony ends with a series of prayers and blessings and mass then continues. Jewish wedding ceremonies usually take place under a special canopy. The rabbi offers a series of seven special prayers, praising God and His creations. Near the middle of the ceremony, he blesses some wine, and both bride and groom drink from the same cup, followed by the appropriate vows. At the end of the ceremony an empty wine glass is placed on the floor, and the new husband smashes it with his foot to commemorate the destruction of the Jewish Temple, and reminds the couple that marriage, too, might be broken unless protected. Other people interpret this act as a reminder to the couple that, even in the midst of their happiness, they must remember that sadness can also enter into Iife. Other Religious Groups have marriage ceremonies that differ from these. For example, Quakers simply stand before the congregation and announce that they intend to live together as husband and wife and then sign a marriage document. Most Mormon weddings take place in Temples, and are accompanied by lengthy ceremonies. Mormons believe that these marriages wiII be good, not only until death do you part, but for the next Iife as welI. Discuss with the couple what they, personally, would like. A few resources available at the local library are: Underground wedding book by Reed, The New Wedding by K. Arisian, The Wedding Book, published by Seabury, and, Celebration by McCafferty, published by Pocket Books.



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