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Guidelines for Weddings

St Hubert’s Episcopal Church

Clark County, Kentucky

 

GUIDELINES FOR MARRIAGE

CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God. In the Episcopal Church it is required that one, at least, of the parties must 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 this Church. (BCP: page 422).

The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation, and our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church, and Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all people. (BCP: page 423). The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and, if it may be, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord. Therefore, marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God. (BCP: page 423).

 

PREMARITAL COUNSELING IS REQUIRED of anyone desiring to be married in the Episcopal Church. This is especially true at St. Hubert’s where the premarital counseling process is emphasized and requires 3 to 6 sessions (at the discretion of the Clergy) with the Clergy and/or his/her designated aides under his supervision. In marriages involving a divorced party, the pre-marital process is modified to respond to this reality and the Church's canons.

 

OFFICIANTS AND OTHER MINISTERS: St Hubert’s clergy will be the primary officiants of all weddings held in this church. If it is desired that another priest or minister take part in the service, the Clergy must first be consulted. He/she will then invite the other priest or minister as deemed appropriate and assign parts of the service accordingly. The clergy of St. Hubert’s has ultimate authority during the wedding service!

 

SORRY! St. Hubert’s is not available for non-Episcopalian couples who wish to "borrow, rent or use" it in place of their home churches for weddings. Couples who are members of other parishes within The Episcopal Church and have a special need for the use of our facilities will be allowed to do so at the discretion of our Clergy.

 

MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC! You must contact our Organist/Choirmaster and arrange for an appointment and consultation no later than 30 days before the service. Three months in advance is best.

 

If St. Hubert’s organ is to be used, our organist is to be asked to play. Should he/she be unavailable, he/she will provide you with a list of several approved organists. You must clear use of the organ with our organist and have approval of any organists not on his/her list. Once this is done, the selected organist needs to contact our organist in order to receive instructions about practice times and instructions regarding the organ, lights, and any questions they might have. If you have other questions or needs in this regard, please discuss them with our organist.

 

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