Catholic Wedding Vows…Tweaked

Catholic Wedding Vows…Tweaked

My husband and I were both brought up in Catholic families, so it was only natural that we chose to get married in a Catholic church. Even back then, before “New Age” was a thing, I remember thinking that the wedding vows needed something…something more satisfying. I didn’t know what they needed then, but after twenty four years of experiencing the highs and lows of marriage, I finally know what I would personally like to hear and say today.

Priest: “(Groom) and (Bride), have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage, while still maintaining a separate identity?”

“Will you honor each other as man and wife with the intention of spending the rest of your lives together, and if the marriage dissolves, will you still maintain honor and respect for each other?”

“Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the moral and ethical code we have all been innately graced with?”

The bride and groom reflect upon these questions and only if they truly mean it respond “I will” or “yes”.

Priest: “Since it is your intention to enter into marriage, join your right hands, and declare your consent before God and each other.”

Groom: I, (name), take you, (name), to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I promise to communicate openly with you, compromise as needed, evolve as a person, and allow you to evolve. I will love you, honor you, listen to you, try to understand your point of view, and be grateful for you all the days of my life.

Bride: I, (name), take you, (name), to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I promise to communicate openly with you, compromise as needed, evolve as a person, and allow you to evolve. I will love you, honor you, listen to you, try to understand your point of view, and be grateful for you all the days of my life.

Groom (placing the wedding ring on his wife’s ring finger): (Name), with integrity I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Bride (placing the wedding ring on her husband’s ring finger): (Name), with integrity I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Seal it with a kiss.

To see what the traditional vows look like go to http://catholicweddinghelp.com/topics/catholic-wedding-vows.htm

Denise Barry is the author of the award winning children’s picture books “What Does the Tooth Fairy Do with Our Teeth?” and “Soap On A Rope.” She also writes inspirational articles for various websites, including Positively Positive, Manifest Station, Karen Salmansohn and Dirty Girl Mud Run. She writes a parenting blog on her own website called Raisin' Kids, to help parents raise children who become adults, not adult children. Please visit her website at www.denisebarry.net

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