Weddings of Heterosexual and Same-Sex Couples
The marriage and blessing of two people is a holy union; a lifelong, spiritual commitment. It begins with your desire to form a lasting, life-long partnership with another in God’s love, and continues throughout your lives as a process of intentional living and growing together. In this holy union, each of you as an individual, and together as a couple, gradually transform and mature in God’s presence and image.
In the wake of the June 26, 2015, U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage for all Americans, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church followed suit on July 1 with canonical and liturgical changes to provide marriage equality for Episcopalians. Therefore, St. Simon’s celebrates both heterosexual and same-sex weddings with joy.
By uniting within the context of a faith community, you recognize that God is active in the love you feel for one another, and you place your relationship in God’s care. Your individual stories – and your story as a couple – are celebrated in the context of the story of God and God’s ways with the human community, as understood within a particular community of faith.
Through this sacramental rite, you as a couple enter into a life-long commitment. You make your vows before God and the gathered community of family, friends and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help you fulfill your vows. The exchange of your vows and holy union is a sacrament – an outward and visible expression of God’s grace in bringing you together and nurturing your love. For further information, please contact the Rector, the Rev. Canon Carlos Sandoval, M.D.