“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church and handed Himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word.” (Ephesians 5:25-26)
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony finds its origin in the Creation story in Genesis. The Bible explains how God designed Holy Matrimony and family life to be His key ingredients for building a moral, healthy and stable society. Marriage is the cornerstone. Jesus Christ brought this purpose for Holy Matrimony and family life to fulfillment when at the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee He gave Holy Matrimony its full sacramental character. In blessing the marital union He acknowledged something fundamentally good in married life, a good that displays the Covenant plan God has with His people. This good is God’s love expressed in the complementary relationship of the man and the woman.
Holy Matrimony gives to the husband and wife divine grace that will assist their love each other in a way that reflects Christ’s loves His Church; the grace found in this sacrament perfects human love and strengthens family with an indissoluble unity. This love sanctifies them on their way to eternal life.
Weddings are conducted at St. John’s with this in mind. They are conducted for active members of St. John the Divine Anglican Church. Those who wish to be married at St. John’s must demonstrate an enthusiasm and commitment for the Christian Faith and have a serious desire to deepen their discipleship and their future life together in Jesus Christ.
St. John’s is never available for use or for rent for weddings for non-members.
Your first step is to make an appointment with Fr Munson. No dates can be published or finalized without his approval. No date is published or finalized until after the second pre-marital session is complete. Pre-marital sessions are designed to help determine your readiness for a lifelong commitment and sacramental Holy Matrimony. Engagements do not necessarily mean readiness.