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Resolution A081

Blessing of civil marriages; Renewal of Marriage Vows

This resolution was carried.

moved by: Bishop Barry Hollowell from the Diocese of Calgary
seconded by: Ronald Stevenson (Chancellor)

Note: The mover and the seconder must be members of the General Synod and be present in the House when the resolution is before the synod for debate.


That the General Synod refer to the Standing Committee on Faith, Worship and Ministry the following recommendations of the Marriage Canon Task Force:

(a) that an appropriate liturgy or liturgies for the blessing or dedication of a civil marriage be included in any future book of liturgies developed by The Anglican Church of Canada; and

(b) that a rubric allowing the use of appropriate adaptations of marriage services for the renewal of marriage vows be included in any revision of the Book of Common Prayer or the Book of Alternative Services.


The Marriage Canon Task Force reported that although forms of service for the blessing of civil marriages are available and published, their availability is not generally known among the laity. See pages 10 and 11 of the Report of the Task Force.

Source: Council of General Synod (name of committee, diocese, etc.)

Submitted by: The Chancellor

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