Weddings and Blessings of Civil Marriages
Thank you for considering Saint Mary’s for your special day! The sacrament of marriage, or a holy union, is a covenant between two people entered into before God in the church. It is never seen as a private event, and for that reason weddings take place in the presence of Christian witnesses and guests. It is a lifelong commitment by two people to love, honor and cherish one another through life in faithfulness and true godliness.
At least one person must be baptized. Persons desiring to marry or have their civil marriage blessed must contact the church to begin preparation and to ascertain a date that is available. In general, the preparation must begin at least six months before the date of the ceremony. There will be a minimum of three meetings between the couple and the priest. If either person has been married previously, proof of certificate of divorce will be necessary. As provided by the laws of the State of New York and the canons of the Episcopal Church, Saint Mary’s joyfully offers the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony to same-sex couples.
For more information and a copy of our wedding guidelines, please contact the church office at 718/442-1527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.