We believe Christian marriage is a request for God’s blessing upon a covenant freely undertaken by a couple for their lifetime. We understand the wedding ceremony to be only the first of many sacred steps toward lifelong communion and commitment with one another and with God, through the Church.
The Church understands its role as one that invites this blessing upon a couple’s vows for a lifelong relationship, and then commits to helping the marriage partners flourish in their life together. All weddings of Good Shepherd follow the service for the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage found in The Book of Common Prayer.
Requirements for The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage at Good Shepherd:
one in the couple must be a current, active member of Good Shepherd for at least six months prior to submitting a request;
one in the couple must be the near relation (child or grandchild) of current, active members of Good Shepherd;
the couple must participate in one of two, Saturday-morning Wedding Seminars held each year. Following participation in the Seminar, the couple must complete pre-marital counseling and with a priest on staff.
While we welcome those meeting the above standard and seeking remarriage in the Church, such couples should visit with a priest regarding the additional process for petitioning the Bishop of Texas for that permission.