The Episcopal Church on Tuesday approved an official liturgy for blessing same-sex unions, enabling priests who have the approval of their bishops to bestow the church’s blessing on gay couples whether they live in a state where same-sex marriage is legal or not. The official liturgy, called “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant” is as follows:
'A Lifelong Covenant'
Dear friends in Christ,
we have gathered together today
to witness [name] and [name] publicly committing themselves to one another
and, in the name of the Church, to bless their union:
a relationship of mutual fidelity and steadfast love,
forsaking all others,
holding one another in tenderness and respect,
in strength and bravery,
as long as they live.
Therefore, in the name of Christ, let us pray
that they may be strengthened for the promises they make this day,
and that we will have the generosity
to support them in what they undertake
and the wisdom to see God at work in their life together.
The entire New York Times article, ‘A Lifelong Covenant,’ published on July 10, 2012 may be read here.
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