Christian marriage is a covenant between two persons who make vows of love and fidelity to one another in the presence of God, their families, and friends who will help them uphold those vows. The joy and love of a married couple both comes from God’s love and points to it, and the wedding service reflects that truth.
Who may be married at St. Mary’s?
The Episcopal Church requires that at least one of the couple be a baptized Christian. While is not necessary to be a member of St. Mary’s to be married here, at least one of the couple should be an active, committed member of a Christian community. Divorced persons may be remarried in the Episcopal Church, if you have been divorced more than twice, the Rector must seek permission from the Bishop of Florida. If you wish to be married at St. Mary’s, normally our clergy preside at the service.
How do we schedule a wedding at St. Mary’s?
All weddings must be scheduled in consultation with the clergy at St. Mary’s. The Canons of the Episcopal Church require at least 30 days advance notice of a wedding, but the sooner you can schedule, the better. St. Mary’s requires at least four sessions of pre-marital counseling, to be completed at least a month before the wedding. Weddings are typically scheduled on Saturdays. No weddings may be scheduled during Advent (the four weeks before Christmas) or Lent (the six weeks before Easter).
For more information, or to discuss whether a wedding at St. Mary’s is right for you, please contact The Rev. Amy Slater or at 904-284-5434.