Marriage Forms & Guidelines
Forms and guidelines regarding Holy Matrimony
Click here for policies regarding marriage, remarriage, and Blessing of a Civil Marriage.
All clergy in Southern Virginia may use the trial rites for marriage – including same-gender marriage – without permission from the office of the Bishop. The normal diocesan requirements for marriage after divorce continue to apply.
For obvious pastoral reasons, it is recommended that all clergy continue be diligent in their efforts to hold thoughtful theological conversations about same-gender marriage with parish leadership – especially if the use of such rites has not yet been introduced to the parish.
As has always been the case, parish clergy with primary authority (rector, priest in charge, etc.) are free to decide for themselves whether or not to perform any marriage – same-gender or otherwise. In other words, no clergy person in the Episcopal Church is obliged to perform any particular marriage.
Task Force on the Study of Marriage Resource
Dearly Beloved is a toolkit for the study of marriage created in 2014 by The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on the Study of Marriage.