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The Exchange of Vows

From the Book of Divine Worship - Holy Matrimony - Rite One.

Then shall they give their troth to each other in this manner.

Following the homily (or the Gospel, if there be no homily), all standing, the Minister shall cause the Man with his right hand to take the Woman by her left hand, and to say after him as followeth,

I   take thee   to my wedded Wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I plight thee my troth.

Then shall they loose their hands; and the Woman with her right hand taking the Man by his right hand, shall likewise say after the Minister,

I   take thee   to my wedded Husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my troth.

Then shall they again loose their hands. The Ring or Rings shall be delivered to the Priest who shall bless the same, saying,

Bless, + O Lord, this Ring, that he who gives it and she who wears it may abide in thy peace, and continue in thy favor, unto their life's end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or this:

Bless, + O Lord, these Rings, that they who give and receive them may abide in thy peace, and continue in thy favor, unto their life's end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Minister taking the Ring shall deliver it unto the Man, to put it upon the fourth finger of the Woman's left hand. And the Man holding the Ring there, and taught by the Minister, shall say,

With this Ring I thee wed: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Likewise, the Woman may receive the Ring for the Bridegroom, and put it on her Husband's ring finger, saying,

With this Ring I thee wed: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then shall the Minister join their right hands together, and say,

Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.

Then shall the Minister speak unto the People,

Forasmuch as   and   have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a Ring (or Rings), and by joining hands; I pronounce that they are Man and Wife, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

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