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Then the Minister shall cause the Man with his fi Right Hand to take the Woman by her Right
Hand, and to say after him as followeth :
I M. take thee N. to be 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 faith.
Then shall they loose their hands, and the Wo. man with her Right hand taking the Man by his Right hand shall likewise say after the Minister ;
I N. take thee M. to be my wed|ded 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, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I give thee my faith.
Then shall the Minister say,
Let us pray. O eternal God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind, Giver of all Spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life ; sed thy blessing upon these thy servants, this Man and this Woman, whom we bless in thy Name; that as Isaac and Rebecca lived faithfully together, so these persons may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, and may ever remain in perfeet love and peace together, and live according to thy laws, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Minister join their right hande
together, and say,
Those whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
Forasmuch as M. and N. have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have pledged their faith either to other, and have declared the same by joining of bands; I pronounce that they are man and wife together, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
And the Minister shall add this Blessing;'
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you;. the Lord mercifully with his favor look upon you, and so fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace, that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlast ing. Amen. i Then the Minister shall say, - Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name; Thy kingdom come : Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven : Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us ; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say, O God of Abraham, God of Isaac, * God of Jacob, bless this man and
this woman, and sow the seed of eternal life in their hearts, that whatso. ever in thy holy Word they shall profitably learn, they may in deed fulfil the same. Look, O Lord, mer. cifully upon them from heaven, and bless them. And as thou didst send thy blessing upon Abraham and Sarah, to their great comfort ; sc/ vouchsafe to send thy blessing upon this man and this woman; that they obeying thy will, and always being in safety under thy protection, may abide in thy love unto their lives end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, who by thy mighty power hast made all things of nothing, who also (after other things set in order) didst appoint that out of man (created after thine own image and similitude) woman should take her beginning; and knitting them together, didst teach that it should never be lawful to put asunder those whom thou by Matrimony hadst made one; O God, who hast consecrated the state of Matrimony to such an excellent mystery, that in it is signified and represented the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt Christ and his Chureh: Look mercifully upon this man and this woman;
that both this man may love his wife, according to thy Word (as Christ did love his Spouse the Church, who gave himself for it; loving and cherisbing it, even as his own flesh) and also that this woman may be loving and amiable, faithful and obedient to her husband ; and in all quietness, sobriety, and peace, be a follower of holy and godly matrons. O Lord, bless them both, and grant them to inherit thy everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Then shall the Minister say, Almighty God, who at the begin. ning did create our first parents, Adam and Eve, and did sanctify and join them together in marriage, pour upon you the riches of his grace, sanctify and bless you, that ye may please him both in body and soul, and live together in holy love unto your lives end. Amen..