Holy Matrimony is the Sacramental rite of Christian marriage in which two adults enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows. Also, when it is God’s will, marriage is intended for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord. At. St. John’s, the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is celebrated within the Holy Eucharist, most appropriately in St. John’s church sanctuary but, in certain circumstances may be celebrated outside of the church sanctuary. Couples who have been regularly attending this church or who have recently joined here are welcome to plan their wedding here in close consultation with the Rector. The Episcopal Church requires that the couple planning marriage participate in a series of “Intentional Pre-Marital Christian Counseling” sessions.
St. John’s Episcopal Church is not to be used as a wedding “site of convenience” for persons attempting to avoid the marriage standards, requirements or prohibitions of their own Christian denomination.
Christian Re-marriage after Divorce
When a marriage is planned between persons (one or both) who have been divorced from a previous spouse, additional steps are taken in addition to the standard requirements for preparation. An application for permission to marry and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Bishop of the Diocese by the Rector or other priest or bishop planning to officiate in this Diocese. Official permission, when granted, is delivered in a Letter of Episcopal Consent. The Diocese does not welcome personal appeals by those hoping to be married here. All communications are appropriately sent from St. John’s Rector to the Bishop’s office.