Episcopal Church- House of Bishops passes key marriage resolutions

  • metta

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    Jul 02, 2015 12:43 AM GMT
    Episcopal Church -House of Bishops passes key marriage resolutions

  • FRE0

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    Jul 02, 2015 4:55 PM GMT
    It is only a matter of time before the Episcopal Church will fully support same-sex marriages. In the Episcopal Church, services are generally liturgical and scripted. That means that wording changes will be necessary for same-sex marriages. In the Episcopal Church cannons, there is provision for trial liturgies before they are fully officially accepted and included in the Book of Common Prayer. Until that happens, same-sex marriages will use a trial liturgy and probably parishes which do not support same-sex marriages will not be forced to do so. However, that should not be a serious problem since the majority of parishes will perform same-sex marriages.

    When I lived in Minneapolis, in about 1975 I founded Integrity Twin Cities which was the local chapter of the local organization for gay persons in the Episcopal Church. Thus, at least in some small way, I contributed to the changes which are now occurring.

    It should be noted that in the Episcopal Church, the church is in fact ruled by the members. Bishops are elected by representatives of the members.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 02, 2015 5:25 PM GMT
    The liturgy:

    The Presider may address the assembly in these words
    Dear friends in Christ,
    we have gathered together today
    to witness N. N. and N. N. publically committing themselves to one another and, in the name of the Church, to bless their union:
    a relationship of mutual fidelity and steadfast love,
    forsaking all others,
    holding one another in tenderness and respect,
    in strength and bravery,
    as long as they live.
    Therefore, in the name of Christ, let us pray
    that they may be strengthened for the promises they make this day, and that we will have the generosity
    to support them in what they undertake
    and the wisdom to see God at work in their life together.
    The Collect of the Day
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    Presider People Presider
    The Lord be with you. or God be with you. And also with you.
    Let us pray.
    The Presider says one of the following Collects
    or this
    Gracious and everliving God:
    assist by your grace N. and N.,
    whose lifelong commitment of love and fidelity we witness this day. Grant them your blessing, that with firm resolve
    they may honor and keep the covenant they make;
    through Jesus Christ our Savior,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
    Almighty and everliving God:
    look tenderly upon N. and N.,
    who stand before you in the company of your Church. Lift them up in joy in their life together.
    Grant them so to love selflessly and live humbly,
    that they may be to one another and to the world
    a witness and a sign of your never-failing care; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, to the ages of ages. Amen.
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    or this
    or this
    O God, faithful and true,
    whose steadfast love endures for ever:
    we give you thanks for sustaining N. and N. in the life they share and for bringing them to this day.
    Nurture them and fill them with joy in their life together, continuing the good work you have begun in them;
    and grant us, with them, a dwelling place eternal in the heavens where all your people will share the joy of perfect love,
    and where you, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
    For those who bring children
    Holy Trinity, one God,
    three Persons perfect in unity and equal in majesty: Draw together with bonds of love and affection
    N. and N., who with their families
    seek to live in harmony and forbearance all their days, that their joining together will be to us
    a reflection of that perfect communion
    which is your very essence and life,
    O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
    who live and reign in glory everlasting. Amen.

    I'm an atheist but also a life-long member of the Episcopal Church, though I don't attend except occasionally, maybe once every two years. But the church does have a beautiful service and uses beautiful language. I appreciate the historical value of ritual and can honor that even if not buying religion.