A post-church, post-lunch interlude. Found this in a decades-old Unitarian ministers’ manual. Why would someone choose this service? Perhaps for a wedding in a hospital, at a sick-bed, or for a couple in mourning where the solemnization is otherwise unavoidable. Or by two who really do want the shortest service possible!
Later. Left out a rather important part, however implied it may be.
From A Handbook for Ministers. Volume 1. Boston: American Unitarian Association, 1925. Page 32.
A Marriage Declaration
Where a mere declaration of marriage is desired the following may be used:
Â¶ The minister shall say:
Standing as you now do in the presence of God and these witnesses, do you covenant to take each other as husband and wife, and agree to live together as God’s ordinance and the laws of the land decree?
Â¶ Then shall the man and the woman each say:
Â¶ Then shall the minister say:
By virtue of the authority vested in me by the State, I pronounce you husband and wife.