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Declaration of Intention


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Before your marriage, a requirement of the Episcopal Church is that both parties to the marriage sign the following declaration of intention:


We understand the teaching of the church that God's purpose for our marriage is for our mutual joy, for the help and comfort we will give to each other in prosperity and adversity, and, when it is God's will, for the gift and heritage of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of God. We also understand that our marriage is to be unconditional, mutual, exclusive, faithful, and lifelong; and we engage to make the utmost effort to accept these gifts and fulfill these duties, with the help of God and the support of our community.


Without your having signed the declaration of Intention, the wedding can not take place.


"Open to God's love, serving our neighbor"