At their wedding the couple receive God’s blessing: God wants to accompany the couple in their marriage.
A union of two people with God’s blessing
At a wedding the union of husband and
wife or of same-sex partners is brought under the auspices of the Word of God
and given God’s blessing. The love
between two people is a gift from God who created humankind. This concept defines
the Protestant understanding of a wedding.
their wedding the couple receive God’s blessing: God wants to accompany the
couple in their marriage. For it is far from being taken for granted that two
people, each with their own dreams and desires, their plans for the future and
their past history, their own capabilities and their blind spots, will be
willing and able to establish a firm and life-long relationship.
Protestant wedding service is where the occasion of the marriage between a man
and woman or a registered partnership between same-sex couples is celebrated,
with prayer, singing, Bible readings, sermon and blessing. Due to the deadlines
laid down for a church wedding ceremony following the civil marriage or
registration of a civil partnership, it is advisable to make contact with the
church minister well in advance.
responsibility for church weddings lies with the parish office in which one of
the partners or their parents live, or into whose area the couple wish to move
after the wedding. A condition for
church weddings is that one of the partners is a member of the Protestant
Church. Divorcees can of course also
have a church wedding when embarking on a new marriage.
When different denominations are
of different denominations can also celebrate a church wedding service,
including if desired the participation of a minister of a different Christian
denomination (ecumenical wedding). In
the case of the Roman Catholic Church, if a matrimonial dispensation has been
received from their church office, then the Protestant wedding service is also
recognised by the Catholic Church as a contract of marriage.
church wedding taken by the local minister in the home parish of one of the
partners is normally free of charge.
Additional charges may however be made if the service is designed in a
special format or takes place elsewhere from the usual place of worship used by
the local congregation.
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