In marriage we experience the nurturing and healing love of God through the committed love of our life- partner. We are loved and we give love. We challenge each other to grow and we accept each other as limited and flawed human beings. Our relationship becomes a source of life for children, our wider families and our community. Weddings are sacred because two people are giving themselves in trust, love and faith to each other.
The pre-marital process at St. Michael and All Angels begins with a meeting between the couple and our rector. Our first goal is to get to know you and to understand your life story as a couple and as individuals. At each step of the process we will use interpersonal meetings to clarify expectations and prepare you for a healthy life-long bond of love. The Episcopal Church does require pre-marital counseling. Ideally this is accomplished through a series of meetings with you and our rector in the months leading up to your wedding date. In some cases our rector may recommend working with a professional counselor as you prepare for your wedding.
The remarriage of divorced persons is permitted in the Episcopal Church in certain cases permitted by Canon Law. Divorced persons seeking remarriage in the Episcopal Church are reminded that sufficient time (at least three months) must be allowed for securing the required papers and the permission of the Bishop. Inter-faith marriages are welcome as long as one person in the couple is a baptized Christian.
St. Michael and All Angels celebrates marriage equality. The clergy of St. Michael’s are happy to preside at marriages for any couple regardless of sexual orientation.
It is the expectation that any couple wishing to be married at St. Michael and All Angels also intends to be or is already a part of this worshiping community.