The Sacrament of Marriage
In Christian catholic tradition, marriage is one of the seven sacraments. A priest is expected to “rightly and duly administer the Holy Sacraments” and Canon Law stipulates regulations regarding pre-marital preparation.
- Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church takes this responsibility in these matters very seriously and the following requirements must be met before a couple can be married by our church:
- Faithful attendance at worship—a couple does not need to be official members of the parish but they are expected to regularly be part of the worshiping community. To be married “in the church” is not to be married in a building but in the context of a community of faith.
- Attendance at an Engaged Encounter marriage preparation weekend retreat.
- A number of pre-marital counseling sessions with the priest presiding at the wedding.
- The shared reading of some suggested books on Christian marriage.
- The memorization of the marriage vows.
- In the case of a couple where one or both are seeking remarriage after divorce; permission must be granted by the Bishop. There is a significant process of petition and application to the Bishop that must be made by the couple and the presiding priest.
Given these pre-marital requirements, formal planning with the clergy for a wedding must begin at least six to nine months before the expected wedding date. A booklet with a fuller delineation of all the requirements and policies of weddings at Christ the Redeemer is available in the church office.