Describe the main religious features of a Christian marriage ceremony?

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Describe the main religious features of a Christian marriage ceremony?

The Bible teaches that Marriage is sacred and that God intended man and woman to become one through marriage. Wedding ceremonies can vary but there are certain things about the ceremony that remain the same .These things are: the Declaration of purpose. This is when the minister speaks about the importance and purpose of marriage, the Vows, this is when the bride and groom make promises to each other .These are required by law and can be added to by the couple but they must contain certain things. A typical example of a wedding vow is “I (name) do take thee (name) to be my lawful wedded wife/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 do us part.” The Exchange of rings , this is when the bride and groom give each other rings to symbolise the promise of unending love and the exclusive commitment of the couple to each other , the Warning, were the minister quotes Jesus’ words “Man must not separate ,then, what God has joined together” Mark 10:9 . The Pronouncement, states that the couple are now married. Finally the wedding is finished by the bride and groom both signing the register, this is a legal requirement in which a couple (and witnesses) sign a register and receive a marriage certificate.  All these aspects of a wedding ceremony are important to a Christian couple that have made the commitment of marriage.

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After the wedding there is usually a party called a reception party were any people not invited to the actual wedding ceremony can come along to congratulate the couple on their marriage.  The Clergy like the bride and groom has an important role in the marriage ceremony as they are the people who direct the service and are legally allowed to marry the couple as long as there is are witnesses present.

Explain the reasons why many Christian couples do not “live together” before marriage?

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