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Order of Service Layout


St. Mary's Church,


Sarah Jane
James Robert Harris


Saturday, 23rd June, 2011
at 2.30 p.m.
Order of Service

Bridal March ........ "Lohengrin" Wagner
Hymn - Jerusalem

And did those feet in ancient time
walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
on England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine
shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
among those dark satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O Clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
till we have built Jerusalem
in England's green and pleasant land


Jesu' Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach

Hymn - Lord Divine all Loves Excelling

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven, to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu, thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.
Come, almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy grace receive;
Suddenly return, and never,
Never more thy temple leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve thee as thy hosts above;
Pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
Glory in thy perfect love.
Finish then thy new creation:
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

WEDDING MARCH.........Mendelssohn


Alternative Music

Alternative Processional Music - The Brides' Entrance

TRUMPET TUNE AND AIR.........Purcell
TRUMPET VOLUNTARY......... J. Clarke

Alternative Recessional Music - Exit of the Bride and Groom

TOCCATA IN D from Fifth Symphony.........Widor

Alternative Musical Interlude Music - Whilst Signing the Register

AVE MARIA.........Schubert
TE DEUM.........Charpentier
WEDDING CANTATA No. 22.........Bach
DOMINE DEUS.........Handel

Prayers and Readings

Below are some example prayers and readings which you might like to consider for your service.

Traditional Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses'
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Modern Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name;
your kingdom come;
your will be done;
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those that sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

Apache Blessing – Unknown

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be a shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now you will feel no loneliness for each of you will be companion for the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place, to enter into the days of your life together.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.
May happiness be your companion to the place where the river meets the sun.
And may your days be good and long upon this earth.

The Art of a Good Marriage - Wilferd Arian Peterson

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created.
In marriage the little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
If is forming a circle of love that gathers the whole family.
It is doing things for each other,
not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation
and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding
and a sense of humour.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow old.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner

Marriage Advice - Jane Wells

Let your love be stronger than your hate or anger.
Learn the wisdom of compromise,
for it is better to bend a little then break.
Believe that the best rather than the worst.
People have a way of living up or down
to your opinion of them.
Remember that true friendship is
the basis for any lasting relationship.
The person you choose to marry is deserving
of the courtesies and kindnesses you
bestow on your friends.
Please hand this down to your children
and your children’s children.

Our Family – Unknown

Our family is a circle of love and strength.
With every birth and union, the circle grows.
Every joy shared adds more love.
Every obstacle faced together makes the circle stronger.

Useful Links

http://www.yourchurchwedding.org/ - There is a great section on the website that can help you plan the music and readings for your ceremony.

http://www.weddingguideuk.com/articles/wordsmusic/hymns/hymnsforyourservice.asp – Help with choosing your music.

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