“Holy Matrimony is Christian marriage, in which two persons enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.”
—The Book of Common Prayer, page 861
Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant. In the Episcopal Church, it is required that at least one of the parties must be a baptized Christian, that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses, and that the marriage conform to the laws of the state and canons of the church.
St. Luke’s offers this sacrament in full to all of our members, both opposite and same-gender couples. Our church is no mere venue but a sacred space where a public profession of commitment should strengthen a committed relationship and enable couples to rely on their family, friends, and our parish for support. The ceremony is conducted according to the rites set forth in our Book of Common Prayer. Whether a couple invites only two witnesses or 500, our church is a beautiful setting. It is customary to celebrate marriage within the context of the Holy Eucharist.
Once two persons have made a public commitment at the church, it is expected they will participate in the life and worship of St. Luke’s or a church in the community where they plan to make their home.
Couples should contact the church and receive approval from the clergy before scheduling a wedding date and at least three months in advance to ensure there are no conflicts. Marriages are not celebrated during Lent or the eve of Pentecost. Couples are required to meet with the officiating priest for a specified number of times before being married. If one of the parties has had a marriage end in by dissolution, an application must be submitted to secure permission to marry again.
Because a marriage is centered around the two persons entering into the coventential relationship, it is St. Luke’s custom to communicate only with the couple about wedding plans, rather than designated family members or professional wedding advisors. The church has a schedule of fees for music, security, the services of our sextons, acolytes, and, if needed, rental of the Parish Hall for the reception. Altar flowers are arranged by our Flower Guild. At the rehearsal, the officiating priest and the Wedding Guild review our matrimonial customaries with the entire wedding party.
To inquire about a wedding at St. Luke’s, contact the church office at 404-873-7600.