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A Guide to Roman Catholic Wedding Vows

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Many would argue that the verbal comittment made between a Bride and Groom as they are joined in holy matrimony is the most important part of the whole day. This article takes a closer look at Catholic wedding vows and outlines your options.

 

 

Can We Write Our Own Catholic Wedding Vows?

 

In a word, no. Unlike with civil weddings, there is little leeway for a Bride and Groom to stamp their own mark on their Catholic wedding vows, and those couples tying the knot in the Roman Catholic Church up and down the country will essentially make the same pledge to one another.

 

 

Do We Have Any Choice When it Comes to the Roman Catholic Wedding Vows?

 

Although there is no scope to pen your own Catholic wedding vows, there are two sets of vows you will be able to choose between. The first option is outlined below:

 

 

"I, <Groom’s name>, take you, <Bride’s name>, to be my wife.

I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.

I will love you and honour you all the days of my life."

 

 "I, <Bride’s name>, take you,<Groom’s name>, to be my husband.

I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health.

I will love you and honour you all the days of my life."

 

The priest will then say aloud ‘You have declared your consent before the Church.

May the Lord in his goodness strengthen your consent and fill you both with his blessings.

That God has joined, men must not divide. Amen.’

 

 

The alternative set of vows isn't a whole deal different from the Catholic wedding vows outlinesd above, although there are some differences:

 

 

"<Groom’s name>, do you take <Bride’s name> to be your husband?

Do you promise to be true to him in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love him and honour him all the days of your life?"

The Groom responds ‘I do’.

 

"<Bride’s name>, do you take <Groom’s name> to be your husband?

Do you promise to be true to him in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love him and honour him all the days of your life?"

The Bride responds ‘I do’.

 

The priest will then say aloud ‘You have declared your consent before the Church.

May the Lord in his goodness strengthen your consent and fill you both with his blessings. What God has joined, men must not divide. Amen.’

The Bride responds ‘I do’.

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