Marriage at St. Peter's

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Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God. In the Episcopal Church it is required that one, at least, of the parties must be a baptized Christian; that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses; and that the marriage conform to the laws of the State and the canons of this Church.
The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation, and our Lord Jesus Christ adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. It signifies to us the mystery of the union between Christ and his Church, and Holy Scripture commends it to be honored among all people. The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind is 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. Therefore marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.

We at St. Peter's would be most happy to talk with you about marriage. Please look over the information below and then call the church office (540-338-7307) to discuss your plans.  And whether you are about to enter into marriage, or would like to strengthen your existing marriage, please see our Marriage Mentoring program.

Wedding Guidelines: Episcopal Weddings

If you are a member of St. Peter's and you want to be married here, this is the information you'll need. Please read through these guidelines carefully and then give the office a call to work out the details of your wedding. We want to work with you both in preparing to take this major step in life and in planning and conducting the ceremony.  (Facility rental for weddings for non-members is also permitted. Please see Wedding Guidelines: Rentals.)

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Wedding Guidelines: Rentals


If you are not a member of St. Peter's, but are interested in renting our facility for your wedding, this is the information you'll need.  Please read through these guidlines carefully and then give the office a call to work out the details of your wedding.  We want to work with you in planning for this important event.  (For Episcopal Weddings, please see Guidelines: Episcopal Weddings)

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