MARRIAGE 

 

     The sacrament of Holy Matrimony (or marriage) is one in which two persons enter into a life-long union, exchange their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows. The service of Holy Matrimony may be found in the Book of Common Prayer beginning on page 423, and is commonly performed in the church in the context of the Eucharist, but may be held elsewhere at the discretion of the officiant. The Vicar normally  requires three separate meetings with the couple prior to the ceremony, which is usually preceded by a  rehearsal in the church on the night before. A marriage license issued by the state of Arizona is required, and following the ceremony it is filed in the office of the City Clerk in Coolidge. Divorced persons are allowed to remarry in the Episcopal Church after  permission is given by the Bishop to the priest performing the ceremony. Blessings of civil marriages and renewal of marriage vows are additional services conducted in our church. The Episcopal Church also recognizes same-sex marriages and blessings.