A wedding is one of life’s great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. St John tells us how Jesus shared in such an occasion at Cana, and gave there a sign of new beginnings as he turned water into wine.
Marriage is intended by God to be a creative relationship, as his blessing enables husband and wife to love and support each other in good times and in bad, and to share in the care and upbringing of children. For Christians, marriage is also an invitation to share life together in the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is based upon a solemn, public and life-long covenant between a man and a woman, declared and celebrated in the presence of God and before witnesses.
On this their wedding day the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God’s blessing. You are witnesses of the marriage, and express your support by your presence and your prayers. Your support does not end today: the couple will value continued encouragement in the days and years ahead of them.
Having your wedding at St Edburg’s is a wonderful experience and something people remember for the rest of their lives. The ancient church is a fantastic host to such an intimate celebration, and has been the starting place for thousands of marriages over many centuries. Before marriage, the couple will meet with the rector, often for a number of times, to fully go over the implications of the commitments they will make to one another, and they consequences they will have, as well as to explore how God will help guide them throughout their lives together.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
There are two ways in which you could ask for your wedding to take place within the churches of the Bicester Team. The first is that you live within the ecclesiastical bounds of the Benefice. The second way is that you have regularly attend one of the churches in the Team for a significant period of time.If you are considering getting married and wish to learn more about having you wedding at St Edburg’s, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.