• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Describe the main features of a marriage service

Extracts from this document...


Part (a) Describe the main features of a marriage service The traditional Christian marriage ceremony takes place in a church, as it is seen as the House of God, so this symbolizes that you are making promises in the presence of god. To begin the ceremony, the bride's friends and family are seated on the left-hand side pews of the church, and the grooms friends and family are seated on the right. The groom stands at the front of the church by the altar. The altar is an important internal feature in a marriage service and on it a white cloth is placed on top to represent the purity and also Jesus' Turin shroud. Also there are usually some flowers, which represent fertility, purity and eternal love, candles which represent two lives joining to become one and a bible. After everyone is seated and in place, the bride enters the church traditionally with her father leading her down the aisle, an organ is the typical instrument used throughout a marriage ceremony. ...read more.


,this will be followed by the priest asking the congregation if there are any objections to the marriage. If a reason is presented it must be serious one, for example one of the couple is underage (you must at least 16 with your parents permission otherwise you wait till your 18). A hymn or bible reading may take place after depending on the couple's choice of service. Then the priest will ask both of the couple if they will take their partner to be their husband/wife to live together in the covenant of marriage. 'Will you love her/him, comfort....'The priest then asks the congregation to witness these promises and to do everything in their power to help them uphold them, there must be at least two witness present to make the marriage legal. Then the vows take place, which are made while the couple join their right hands together, as it traditionally believed the right hand is the hand of good faith and the left of bad. Traditionally the Christian vows contained a promise that the bride would always obey her husband (Wives submit to your husbands as to the lord.....Ephesians 5.22), but now the vows have been modernised to show the equality of the couple. ...read more.


The rings are placed on the fingers saying 'I give you this ring as a symbol of my love, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honour you, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy spirit and of the Holy Spirit.' Next comes the blessing, the priest asks the couple to kneel and he blesses them, giving them God's grace. Christians believe that God offers the gift of grace to make the marriage work. The priest then pronounces them Husband and wife and they sign the register in the vestry registering their marriage, making it legal (marriage certificate on next page). The bride and groom then leave the church together. They arrive separately and leave together. Marriage services can vary from denominations, for instance Orthodox services exchange rings at the engagement, and instead the couple wear wedding crowns which are joined together by a ribbon which represent the unity of the couple and the presence of Christ who blesses and joins the couple. Also Orthodox couples take their first walk as a married couple around the church in a circle. The represents Christians living in a perfect orbit around Jesus. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Family, Marriage and Divorce section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Family, Marriage and Divorce essays

  1. Why are marriage rates declining?

    After giving out my questionnaire I came to the conclusion that religion has very little to do with marriage. In my hypothesis I stated that the main reasons that marriage rates are declining are > Divorce > Changes in women's roles I think that after doing my questionnaire and interviews

  2. Problems facing muslims living in britian today

    The appropriate term of marriage could be a "Divine Institution". For a valid marriage, the following conditions must be satisfied: * There must be a clear proposal. * There must be a clear acceptance. * There must be at least two competent witnesses.

  1. Describe A Christian Marriage Service

    This is a modern affair, which has become more accepted and in some cases is expected. On the day of the wedding, nerves are high as all the planning is now hopefully worthwhile. And there are even sometimes second thoughts.

  2. The Catholic Wedding Ceremony And the Ideals Expressed within it

    False hopes causes people to become disillusioned and when realities of married life do not come to their expectations, others simply walk away. The person you are marrying now may be a different person at 30. That's why couples need to know their partners better before engaging into a serious relationship/marriage.

  1. What Do the Marriage Vows Demand From a Catholic Couple In Living Out Their ...

    person to do the same for them, from that moment until the marriage ends. (by death) "...for better for worse..." When two people join together in marriage, they are committing themselves to keeping faithful to the promises made in the sacrament at all times.

  2. What do the marriage vows demand from a Catholic couple, living out their marriage?

    The commitment of marriage is a very large commitment that can only work if both the partners work really hard to make things good. It is a commitment of putting someone else first: "What you do to the least of my brothers you do unto me" The idea of having

  1. The meaning of marriage in Christianity and how this is shown through the wedding ...

    provides a secure and stable environment to raise children in as the couple are committed to each other, by procreating a couple is doing the will of God. Christians also believe that marriage is the place for mutual support and encouragement and that in their love for each other, married

  2. Religion and human relationships Religion and medical ethics - views of Christians and Moslems.

    Literally, it means striving. It is the conscious decision to do Allah?s will and avoiding haram temptation in daily life. Sometimes the struggle can be the Muslim in a physical battle against the enemies of Islam. It may also involve he willingness to accept martyrdom as the ultimate submission to Allah.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work