“Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God…intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and when it is God’s will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord.”
--Book of Common Prayer
Marriage is a sacred covenant between two persons seeking to live a life in the present leading toward the future and remembering the past that develops and nourishes a relationship in which two become one. It is an honorable institution and is to be commended by all people. Marriage is a time of celebration for the couple and the members of the church.
Weddings are only performed with the permission of the Priest. Further, at least one of the parties must be a baptized Christian (of any denomination).
The decision for a marriage to take place at St. Michael’s is a collaborative one made by both the clergy and the couple. Dates should not be set or other plans made before consulting with the clergy.
Any couple desiring to be married in the church must undertake a program of premarital instruction by the clergy, consisting of a minimum of three sessions. At least 30 days must be allowed for this process. When one or both members of the couple has been divorced, the consent of the Bishop of Newark is required with a recommendation from the clergy to the bishop. This process takes at least six weeks. When necessary, arrangements may be made, with the approval of the Priest, for some or all of the premarital counseling to be done by another priest or certified counselor.
As part of the premarital preparation, couples desiring to be married should attend Sunday services at St. Michael’s (or at another church if they do not live here) regularly so that they may be married in a community of loving and supporting friends and not a community of strangers. A parish is intended to be a support group for the newly married couple in good times and challenging times.
For further information on weddings at St. Michael’s please speak to the clergy or call the parish office at 973-694-1026. The schedule of fees can be found here.