By “marriage vows” are meant the phrases that seal a marriage at the time of the wedding ceremony. The ones that say the officiants and the couples by themselves.
With the wows comes the time of. “I Do” of the bride and groom, which is undoubtedly the most exciting moment of the entire wedding ceremony.
There are many formulas for marriage vows, although there are three that are the most common and which are presented below.
Whether you are going to adapt to a tradition or not, is a very important decision.
The meanings behind these classic religious vows can be romantic and a great starting point for writing your own script, or altering them, to please you, and, of course, to please your partner.
Every religious faith has wedding traditions and practices, including standard marriage vows, which have been passed down through generations.
The exact phrases vary slightly from place to place and between different clerics, so you can ask your officiant to tell you what he or she prefers.
Protestant Wedding Vows:
There are different types of Protestant Churches, all with their own slightly traditions and beliefs. Below we have the typical vows of various denominations, but you will find that many of them differ slightly from one to another.
Basic Protestant Vows:
“I, ___,take you, ___, to be my husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love you until death do us part, according to the holy ordinance of God, and I promise you my faith [or] I commit myself to you. “
“___, do you want this woman/man to be your wife/husband, to live together after the ordinance of God, in the Holy State of marriage? Do you want to love him/her in sickness and in health, and abandon all others, and you will only keep for him/her while you live? “
“In the name of God, I, ___, take you, ___, to be my wife/husband, to have and to maintain from this day forward, for better, or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health , To love each other, until we part in death.This is my solemn vow.
“Will you have this woman/man to be your wife/husband, to live together in the holy marriage? Will you love him/her, comfort him/her, honor him/her and keep him/her, in sickness and healthy, abandoning everything and others, you will be faithful To him/her, as long as they both live? “
“In the name of God, I, ___, take you, ___, to be my wife/husband, to have and to sustain from this day forward, for good or not, for richer or poorer, in health or illness, and love each other, until we part in death. This is my solemn vow. “
“___, Do you want this woman/man to be your spouse, and commit your faith to him/her, in all love and honor, in all duty and service, in all faith and tenderness, to live with him/her and take care of him/her, according to the ordinance of God, in the holy bond of marriage? “
“I, ___, bring you, ___, to be my husband/wife, and I promise and covenant, before God and these witnesses, to be your husband/wife, faithful and loving, in abundance and desire, in joy, inn sickness and in health, as long as we both live.”
“I bring you, ___, to be my wife/husband, from now on, to join you and share all that is to come, and I promise to be faithful until death do us part.”
“I, ___, bring you, ___, to be my wife/husband, and this is what I promise you: I will be faithful and honest with you, I will respect, I will trust, I will help and I will take care of you. We have been forgiven, and I will try to understand you, the world, and God, for the best and the worst of what is to come, and as long as we live.”
Catholic Wedding Vows:
“I, ___, bring you, ___, to be my legitimate wife/husband, to have you and to sustain you, from this day forward, for better and for worse, for richer, for poorer, in health or sickness, until death do us part. “
“I, ___, bring you, ___, to be my husband/wife, I promise to be sincere with you in good times and bad, in sickness and in health, I will love you and honor you every day of my life.”
Hindu Wedding Vows:
The traditional Hindu wedding ceremony have many elements and rituals.
Technically there are no “vows” in the occidental sense, but the Seven Steps, or Saptha Padhi, around a flame (in honor of the Fire God, Agni) explain the promises that couples make with each other:
“Let’s take the first step to provide our family with a nutritious and pure diet, avoiding those foods that are harmful to a healthy life.”
“Take the second step to develop the physical, mental and spiritual powers.”
“Let us take the third step to increase our wealth by just means and its proper use.”
“Let us take the fourth step to acquire knowledge, happiness, and harmony through mutual love and trust.”
“Let us take the fifth step so that we may be blessed with strong, virtuous and heroic children.”
“Take the sixth step for self-control and longevity.”
“Finally, let us take the seventh step and be true partners and remain partners throughout our lives for this marriage.”
Jewish Wedding Vows:
In a traditional Jewish ceremony, there is no actual exchange of vows; the covenant is implicit in the ritual.
The structure of the Jewish wedding ceremony varies within Orthodox, conservative, reformist and reconstructionist synagogues, and also among individual rabbis.
The marriage vow is usually sealed when the bride and groom puts a ring on their finger and says (in the English translation), “Haray en mekudeshet lee beh-taba’at zo keh-dat Moshe veh-Yisrael” which translates: “Behold, you have consecrated me with this ring, according to the laws of Moses and Israel.”
Many Jewish couples today want to exchange spoken vows; They are now included in many reformist and conservative ceremonies.
“Do you, ___, take ___ to be your wife/husband, promising to take care of her/him and protect her/him, whether in good fortune or in adversity, and seek along with her/him a life sanctified by the faith of Israel?”
“Do you, ____, take _____ to be your legally married wife/husband, to love, to honor and to care?”
Another version of the non-traditional vows is a phrase from the Song of Songs: “Ani leh-dodee veh-dodee lee,” which means: “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.”
Muslim Wedding Vows:
Most Muslim couples do not recite marriage vows, but rather emphasize the words of the imam (cleric), who talks about the meaning of marriage and the responsibilities of the couple to each other and with Allah during the Nikah, or marriage contract .
At the end of this ritual, the couple consents to be husband and wife, and are blessed by the congregation. However, some Muslim brides and grooms recite vows. Here is a common recitation:
Bride: “I, ___, offer myself in marriage, according to the instructions of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. I promise, with honesty and sincerity, to be for you an obedient and faithful wife”.
Groom: “I promise, in honesty and sincerity, to be for you, a faithful and profitable husband.”
Many branches of the Orthodox Church use silent vows during the ceremony, an introspective prayer in which the couple promises to be loyal and loving to each other. However, in the Russian tradition, the votes are pronounced aloud:
“I, ___, take you, ___, as my wife/husband and I promise you love, honor and respect, to be faithful to you, and not to leave you until death do us part: for the Most Holy Trinity and all saints.”
Non-denominational Wedding Vows:
“I will love what I know of you, trusting in what I do not yet know, I will respect your integrity and I will have faith in your permanent love for me, through all our years, and in all that life can bring us.”
“I take you as my wife/husband, with your faults and your strength, as I offer myself to you with my faults and my strengths. I will help you when you need help, and I will address you when I need help. The person I’m going to spend my life with.”
“In the presence of God and our friends, I take you, ___, to be my husband wife, promising with Divine help to be a faithful and loving husband/wife as long as we both live.”
Unitarian Wedding Vows:
The Unitarian Universality Church leaves the structure of service and writing to the individual ministers. But many votes are likely to borrow from Christian writing and its themes:
“___, will you take ___ to be your wife/husband, to love, honor and cherish now and forever?”
“___, will you take ___ as your wife/husband, commit yourself to sharing your life openly with him/her, to tell the truth always in love?
Do you promise to honor and care for her tenderly, to encourage her, in her fulfillment Individual through all the changes in your lives? “
“___, do you take this woman/man, ___, to be your wife/husband? Do you commit to sharing your life openly with him/her and to tell the truth to him/her in love? Will you honor and keep him/her in sickness and in health, in sadness and in joy, as long as you both live? “
As we can see, the subject of marriage vows is interesting and complex, and in all of them there are coincident elements like the following phrases: “until death do us part”, “health and illness”, “poverty and prosperity, “” faithfulness and trust, “etc
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