The introduction to the Church in Wales Marriage Service describes marriage as a gift from God. The Bible teaches that marriage is a life-long, faithful union, and compares married love with the love Jesus has for his people – a love expressed in his willing sacrifice of himself on the cross.
“Marriage is a gift of God through which husband and wife may grow together in the knowledge, love and service of God. It is given that, united with one another in heart, in mind and in body, they may increase in love and trust. God joins husband and wife in life-long union as the foundation of family life (in which children are born and nurtured and) in which each member of the family, in good times and in bad, may find strength, companionship and comfort, and grow to maturity in love. Marriage enriches society and strengthens community.”
From the Church in Wales Order for Holy Matrimony
Jesus therefore sets the greatest example of unconditional, self-sacrificial love – a model that each partner can seek to follow in the way they love one another, each putting the other’s needs first. At the heart of the marriage ceremony is the exchange of vows, in which a couple make a public declaration of lifelong commitment to love each other, whatever the future may bring.
Christians believe that in marriage we find the proper expression of our sexuality, a secure environment for bringing up our children, and an important element of stability for the wider community.
Can I get married in your church?
If you live in our parish (in Michaelston-super-Ely or St Fagans village), you are both over 18 years old, and neither of you have been previously married, and you are not closely related to each other, then the answer is almost certainly ‘Yes.’ If either of you is under18, or if either of you have been previously married and your former spouse is still living, then we’ll need to talk.
If you both live outside the parish, you may still be able to demonstrate a legally ‘qualifying connection’ through your past residence or family connections, to enable you to be married in St Mary’s. We will be happy to guide you through all these points.
To speak to us further about a wedding contact the Priest-in-Charge, the Ven Peggy Jackson, on: 02920 567 393.
- Please note that we will need to see documentary proof of nationality of all people who wish to marry in this parish. This will be requested – normally a valid Passport or Birth Certificate (no copies) – when you come to book the service.