Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant in the presence of God. In the Episcopal Church it is required that one, at least, of the parties must be a baptized Christian; that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses; and that the marriage conform to the laws of the State and the canons of this Church. A priest or a bishop normally presides at the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage, because such ministers alone have the function of pronouncing the nuptial blessing, and of celebrating the Holy Eucharist.

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Weddings are performed for members of the church.  Preparation for a wedding typically takes at least six months from the first meeting with a priest.  If you are considering a wedding at All Saints’, please contact the Church Office.

When you choose to be married in the Church, you are choosing not so much a location as a community and a way of life. The marriage and blessing rites of the Episcopal Church shape and reflect  what this community believes, and are therefore the appropriate forms to use in celebrating, and asking God’s blessing upon, your covenant with each other. This Church, and the marriage service take seriously the question of how we express God’s love and Christ’s presence in our lives as individuals and as a couple.

With the recent change in Arizona law, and according to the policies of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, priests are now permitted to officiate at the weddings of same-sex couples, or to offer a liturgical blessing for those who have been married civilly (i.e., by a judge or justice of the peace).

Your decision to be married in the Church is a way of affirming that your lives as individuals and as a couple are strengthened by the witness and support of the Christian community. Because the Church understands the role of the community in establishing a healthy Christian marriage, we require that the couple engage in pre-marital conversation that reflects on the questions and promises of the marriage service and calls the engaged couple into thoughtful and authentic communication with each other. This pre-marital conversation occurs in meetings with the clergy person who will preside at your marriage.

The wedding is the beginning of a new stage of loving each other and working out your common life.  Commitment as a couple to the practice of religion is important, because it can support you and enrich your lives as you struggle with your own natural differences and the pressures that work against lasting marriages.  Exploration and decision about a church home, and participation in the worship, education, and fellowship of your church, are an important first step in your married life. If you are not already a member of this congregation, since your wedding will be celebrated and blessed at All Saints’, we hope you will consider making this your church home. And remember that the relationship you develop with your officiating priest is a special one, and we encourage you to draw upon that bond as a source of support for a lifelong commitment.