The Order of Crowning

The following texts are based on the work of the Inter-Eparchial Liturgical Commission of the Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh, and being made available for study by cantors enrolled in the courses of the Metropolican Cantor Institute. These texts are unofficial and provisional, and you should obtain episcopal permission before using them for any purpose other than private self-study.

After the Divine Liturgy (if there is one), the celebrant and any concelebrants vest in the epitrachilion and phelonion. The deacon, having received the blessing from the celebrant, vests in the sticharion and orarion.

If the couple will also be betrothed on this day, a pair of rings for the betrothal is blessed by being placed on the right side of the holy table close to one another during a previous Divine Liturgy. Immediately before the betrothal, the deacon takes the rings from the holy table and places them on a tray, to be brought to the narthex at the appropriate point in the service.

The celebrant and deacon stand in the sanctuary, and the couple who intends to be married wait for them outside the doors that lead from the narthex of the church into the nave,, with the man on the right (that is, on the side with the icon of Our Lord) and the woman on the left (that is, on the side with the icon of the Theotokos).

The deacon opens the holy doors. The celebrant brings out the Gospel book and the cross and places them on the tetrapod. The tetrapod should also have a cup of wine, for the common cup to be shared by the husband and wife.

If the couple has already been betrothed in church, then the service begins at The Rite of Crowning, below.

The Rite of Betrothal

The celebrant and deacon proceed to the narthex and stand facing the couple, to whom they present lighted candles..

The celebrant makes the sign of the cross over the heads of the couple three times. 

Deacon:      Reverend Father, give the blessing.

Celebrant:   Blessed is our God, always, now and ever and forever.

Response:    Amen.


Throughout Pascha, the following is sung:

Celebrant:  Christ is risen from the dead!  By death he trampled Death; and to those in the tombs he granted life.

Response:  Christ is risen from the dead!  By death he trampled Death; and to those in the tombs he granted life.  (Twice)


Deacon:      Let us pray to the Lord.

Response:    Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant:  Lord our God, who betrothed the Church, a pure virgin from among the nations, bless this betrothal and unite and keep these your servants in peace and oneness of mind. For to You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is due all glory, honor, and worship, now and ever, and forever.

Response:    Amen.

The deacon takes the rings from the holy table and brings them to the celebrant.

Facing the couple, the celebrant takes the ring for the man, makes the sign of the cross with it over his head and puts the ring on his right ring finger, saying:

The servant of God, (Name), is betrothed to the servant of God, (Name), in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Then he does the same for the woman, saying:

The servant of God, (Name), is betrothed to the servant of God, (Name), in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Deacon:      Let us pray to the Lord.

Response:    Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant:   Lord our God you accompanied the servant of the Patriarch Abraham to Mesopotamia, when he was sent to seek a wife for his lord Isaac and you revealed Rebekah as the one to be betrothed through the drawing of water. You, O Lord, bless the betrothal of these your servants, (Name) and (Name), and confirm the word spoken by them. Establish them in the holy union which is from you. For from the beginning you made them male and female and through you the woman is united to the man as a helper and for the procreation of the human race. Therefore, Lord our God, you sent forth truth to your inheritance and your covenant upon your servants, our fathers, your chosen ones from every generation. Look upon your servants (Name) and (Name) and confirm their betrothal in faith, and oneness of mind, and truth, and love. For you, O Lord, have shown that a pledge is to be given and confirmed in all things. By a ring authority was given to Joseph in Egypt. By a ring Daniel was glorified in the land of Babylon. By a ring the truthfulness of Tamar was revealed. By a ring our heavenly Father showed mercy to his son saying, “Put a ring on his right hand, kill the fattened calf and let us celebrate with a feast.”

By your own right hand, O Lord, Moses was armed at the Red Sea. By your word of truth the heavens were established and the earth made firm. The right hand of your servants will be blessed by your powerful word, and your upraised arm. Now, O master, bless the putting on of these rings with your heavenly blessing and may your angel go before them all the days of their life.

For you bless and sanctify all things and we give glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

Response:    Amen.

The Rite of Crowning

The celebrant, carrying the censer and incensing as he goes, and the deacon lead the couple from the narthex to the tetrapod while Psalm 127 is sung by the cantor and faithful:

O blessed are those who fear the Lord
and walk in his ways!
By the labor of your hands you shall eat.
You will be happy and prosper;
your wife like a fruitful vine
in the heart of your house;
Your children like shoots of the olive,
around your table.
Indeed thus shall be blessed
the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion,
and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life!
May you see your children's children!
On Israel, peace!

Exchange of consent

The celebrant asks the groom.

(Name), have you a sound and free will and a firm intention to take as your wife (Name) whom you see here before you?

And the groom answers:

I have, reverend Father.

The celebrant asks:

Have you promised yourself to any other woman?

And he answers:

I have not, reverend Father.

The celebrant asks the bride;

(Name), have you a sound and free will and a firm intention to take as your husband (Name) whom you see here before you?

And the bride answers:

I have, reverend Father.

The celebrant asks:

Have you promised yourself to any other man?

And the bride answers:

I have not, reverend Father.

Opening blessing and litany

The celebrant stands on the solea facing east, with the deacon at his right side.

The deacon intones:

Deacon:      Reverend Father, give the blessing.

Celebrant:   Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

Response:    Amen.


Throughout Pascha, the following is sung:

Celebrant:  Christ is risen from the dead!  By death he trampled Death; and to those in the tombs he granted life.

Response:  Christ is risen from the dead!  By death he trampled Death; and to those in the tombs he granted life.  (Twice)


Deacon:      In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Response:    Lord, have mercy.
(The same response is given to each following petition:)

–   For peace from on high and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

–   For peace in the whole world, for the stability of the holy Churches of God, and for the union of all, let us pray to the Lord.

–   For this holy church and for all who enter it with faith, reverence, and fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

–   For our holy father (Name), pope of Rome, let us pray to the Lord.

–   For our most reverend metropolitan (Name), for our God-loving bishop (Name), for the venerable presbyterate, the diaconate in Christ, and all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.

–   For our government and for all in the service of our country, let us pray to the Lord.

–   For the servants of God (Name) and (Name) now to be joined to one another in the common life of marriage and for their salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

–   That this marriage be blessed as was the marriage in Cana of Galilee, let us pray to the Lord.

–   That a chaste life and devoted children be granted to them, let us pray to the Lord.

–   That they rejoice at the sight of their sons and daughters, let us pray to the Lord.

–   That they be given good children and a life above reproach, let us pray to the Lord.

–   That they and we be given the petitions that are helpful to our salvation, let us pray to the Lord.

–   That they and we be delivered from all affliction, wrath, and need let us pray to the Lord.

–   Protect us, save us, have mercy on us, and preserve us, O God, by your grace.

Deacon:      Commemorating our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary with all the saints, let us commit ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

Response:    To you, O Lord.

Celebrant or Concelebrant:For to you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is due all glory honor, and worship, now and ever and forever.

Response:    Amen.

Prayers for the couple to be married

Deacon:      Let us pray to the Lord.

Response:    Lord, have mercy.
                                                             
Celebrant:God most pure, author of all creation, you, in your love for us, transformed the rib of our forefather Adam into a woman, and blessed them saying: “Increase and multiply and subdue the earth.” Through marriage you made two into one; that is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh. What God has joined together, no one must separate.

You blessed your servant Abraham; and, making Sarah fertile, you made him the father of a multitude of nations. You gave Isaac to Rebekah and blessed her childbearing. You joined Jacob to Rachel and from him brought forth the twelve patriarchs. You united Joseph to Asenath and gave them Ephraim and Manasseh as the fruit of their procreation and, accepting Zechariah and Elizabeth, you brought forth their child the Forerunner. From the root of Jesse you made the ever-virgin spring forth according to the flesh and from her you took flesh and were born for the salvation of the human race.

In your ineffable gift and great goodness you came to Cana in Galilee, and blessed the wedding there. Thus you revealed that it is your will that there should be lawful marriage and from it the procreation of children. Now, most holy Master, hear the supplication of us, your servants. As you were there, so also be here with your invisible presence; and bless this wedding, and grant to your servants (Name) and (Name) a peaceful life and length of days, chastity, love for one another in the bond of peace, a long-lived posterity, happiness in their children, and the unfading crown of glory. Make them worthy to see their children's children. Keep their married life above reproach, and give them dew from heaven and the abundance of the earth. Fill their homes with wheat, wine and oil, and everything that is good, that they may give to those in need. Grant also to those here present with them all those petitions which are for salvation.

For you are a merciful, kind, and loving God and we give glory to you with your eternal Father, and your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and forever.

Response:    Amen.

Deacon:      Let us pray to the Lord.

Response:    Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant or Concelebrant:  Blessed are you, O Lord our God, priest of mystical and pure marriage, and the lawgiver of bodily marriage, guardian of incorruption, and good provider of the needs of life; O Master, in the beginning you created man, and appointed him as the king of creation, and said, “It is not good for the man to be alone on earth. I will make a suitable partner for him”; and, taking one of his ribs, you fashioned woman. Seeing her, Adam said, “This one at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one shall be called woman for out of her man this one has been taken.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body. What God has joined together no one must separate.

Now, O Master, Lord our God, send down your heavenly grace upon these your servants, (Name) and (Name), that they may live according to your will. Bless them, O Lord our God, as you blessed Abraham and Sarah. Bless them O Lord our God as you blessed Isaac and Rebekah. Bless them, O Lord our God, as you blessed Jacob, and all the Patriarchs. Bless them, O Lord our God, as you blessed Joseph and Asenath. Bless them, O Lord our God, as you blessed Moses and Zipporah. Bless them, O Lord our God, as you blessed Joachim and Anna. Bless them, O Lord our God, as you blessed Zechariah and Elizabeth.

Protect them, O Lord our God, as you protected Noah in the ark. Protect them, O Lord our God, as you protected Jonah in the belly of the whale. Protect them, O Lord our God, as You protected the three holy children from the fire, sending down upon them dew from heaven; and let the joy that the blessed Helen had when she found the precious Cross come upon them.

Remember them, O Lord our God, as you remembered Enoch, Shem, and Elijah. Remember them, O Lord our God, as you remembered your Holy Forty Martyrs, sending down upon them crowns from heaven. Remember, O God, the parents who have nurtured them; for the prayers of parents make firm the foundations of homes. Remember, O Lord our God, the wedding party who has come together in this joy. Remember, O Lord our God, your servant, (Name) and Your servant (Name), and bless them. Give them fruit of the womb, beautiful children, and oneness of soul and body. Raise them up as the cedars of Lebanon and as a well-cultured vine. Give them a rich abundance having complete self-sufficiency overflowing into every good work well-pleasing to you. May they see their children’s children as newly-planted olive trees around their table. Having been well-pleasing before you, may they shine in you, our Lord, like stars in heaven. For with you are glory, power, honor and worship with your eternal Father and your life-creating Spirit, now and ever and forever.

Response:    Amen.

Deacon:      Let us pray to the Lord.

Response:    Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant:   Holy God, you formed man out of dust and from his rib you fashioned woman and joined her to him as a helpmate, for it pleased your greatness that man should not be alone upon the earth. Now, O Master, do stretch forth your hand from your holy dwelling place and join your servant (Name) and your servant (Name), for you alone join woman to man. Join them in oneness of mind, crown them in love, unite them in one flesh, give them fruit of the womb and the enjoyment of good children. For yours is the might; and yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

Response:    Amen.

The crowning

The celebrant and deacon go to the tetrapod, where the couple is standing. Then the groom and bride join their right hands, and the celebrant wraps their hands with the epitrachelion in the form of a cross, then places his hand over theirs.

The groom says aloud:

I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my wife and I promise you love, fidelity and honor in marriage and I will never leave you until death, so help me God, one in the Holy Trinity, and all the saints.

Then the bride says aloud:

I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my husband and I promise you love, fidelity, honor and obedience in marriage and I will never leave you until death, so help me God, one in the Holy Trinity, and all the saints.

The celebrant removes the epitrachelion and the groom and bride separate their hands. The celebrant now blesses them with the sign of the cross saying:

What God has joined together no one must separate.

The celebrant takes a crown and signs the groom and signs the bride with it in the form of a cross. He offers the groom the crown to kiss and places it on the head of the groom, saying:

The servant of God, (Name), receives as his crown the servant of God, (Name), in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The celebrant takes another crown and signs the bride and signs the groom with it in the form of a cross. He offers the bride the crown to kiss and places it on the head of the bride, saying:

The servant of God, (Name), receives as her crown the servant of God, (Name), in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

And blessing the couple three times with his hand, the celebrant intones each time:

Lord, our God, crown + them with glory and honor.

The readings

Immediately the deacon intones:

Deacon:      Wisdom!

The following prokeimenon is chanted by the cantor and faithful. The lector or cantor chants the prokeimenon verse.

Prokeimenon, Tone 8 (Ps. 20:4,5). You have set on their heads crowns of precious stones; they asked you for life and this you have given to them.
v. You have granted your blessings to them forever. You have made them rejoice with the joy of your presence.

As the prokeimenon is being chanted, the clergy enter the sanctuary and go to their customary places for the apostolic reading.

Deacon:      Wisdom!

Lector:        A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians.

Deacon:      Let us be attentive!

The lector reads the Epistle (Ephesians 5:20-33).

Brothers and sisters: give thanks to God the Father always and for everything in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Defer to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be submissive to their husbands as if to the Lord because the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of his body the church, as well as its savior. As the church submits to Christ, so wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church. He gave himself up for her to make her holy, purifying her in the bath of water by the power of the word, to present to himself a glorious church, holy and immaculate, without stain or wrinkle or anything of that sort. Husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. Observe that no one ever hates his own flesh: no, he nourishes it and takes care of it as Christ cares for the church — for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cling to his wife, and the two shall be made into one.” This is a great foreshadowing; I mean that it refers to Christ and the Church. In any case, each one should love his wife as he loves himself, the wife for her part showing respect for her husband.

Celebrant:   Peace be to you, reader.

Deacon:      Wisdom! Be attentive!

The deacon incenses in preparation for the Holy Gospel as the Alleluia is sung by the cantor and faithful. The lector or cantor chants the Alleluia verse.

Alleluia, Tone 5 (Ps. 11:8). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
v.You, O Lord, will keep us and preserve us forever from this generation.

Deacon:      Wisdom, let us stand and listen to the Holy Gospel.

Celebrant:   Peace be to all!

Response:    And to your spirit.

Celebrant:   A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.

Response:    Glory to you, O Lord, glory to you.

Deacon:      Let us be attentive!

The celebrant reads the Gospel (John 2:1-11); it is the Gospel for Monday of the second week of Pascha. The priest reads the Gospel even if a deacon is present.

At that time, there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had likewise been invited to the celebration. At a certain point the wine ran out, and Jesus' mother told him, “They have no more wine.” Jesus replied, “Woman, how does this concern of yours involve me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother instructed those waiting on table, “Do whatever He tells you.” As prescribed for Jewish ceremonial washings, there were at hand six stone water jars, each one holding fifteen to twenty-five gallons. “Fill those jars with water,” Jesus ordered, at which they filled them to the brim. “Now,” He said, “draw some out and take it to the waiter in charge.” They did as He instructed them. The waiter in charge tasted the water made wine, without knowing where it had come from; only the waiters knew, since they had drawn the water. Then the waiter in charge called the groom over and remarked to him: “People usually serve the choice wine first; then when the guests have been drinking a while, a lesser vintage. What you have done is keep the choice wine until now.” Jesus performed this first of his signs at Cana in Galilee. Thus did He reveal his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

Response:    Glory to you, O Lord, glory to you.

Litanies for the newly-married couple and for those gathered together

The deacon intones the following litany from his customary place. The celebrant stands before the holy table, and, if there is no deacon, intones the litany from there.

Deacon:      Let us all say with our whole soul and with our whole mind, let us say:

Response:    Lord, have mercy.

Deacon:      O Lord almighty, God of our fathers, we pray you, hear and have mercy.

Response:    Lord, have mercy.

Deacon:      Have mercy on us, O God, according to your great mercy, we pray you, hear and have mercy.

Response:    Lord, have mercy. (Three times)

Deacon:      Again we pray for the servants of God (Name) and (Name) now united to one another, for their health and salvation.

Response:    Lord, have mercy. (Three times)

Deacon:      Again we pray for the people here present in this holy church who await your great and abundant mercy, for those who show us mercy, for all our brothers and sisters and for all Christians of the true faith, for their health and salvation.

Response:    Lord, have mercy. (Three times)

Celebrant or Concelebrant:  For you are a merciful and loving God, and we give glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

Response:    Amen.

Deacon:      Let us pray to the Lord.

Response:    Lord, have mercy.

And the celebrant prays:

Celebrant:   Lord our God, in your saving providence you saw fit in Cana of Galilee to manifest that marriage is honorable by your presence. Now preserve in peace and oneness of mind your servants, (Name) and (Name), whom it pleased you to unite. Show their marriage to be honorable, keep their marriage bed undefiled, grant their life together to be blameless, and allow them to reach a ripe old age, observing your commandments with a pure heart. For you are our God, a God of mercy and salvation, and we give glory to you, with your eternal Father and your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and forever.

Response:    Amen.

The deacon intones the following litany from his customary place. The celebrant stands before the holy table, and, if there is no deacon, intones the litany from there.

Deacon:      Protect us, save us, have mercy on us, and preserve us, O God, by your grace.

Response:    Lord, have mercy.

Deacon:      That this whole day [or evening] be perfect, holy, peaceful, and without sin, let us beseech the Lord.

Response:    Grant this, O Lord.

Deacon:      For an angel of peace, a faithful guide and guardian of our souls and bodies, let us beseech the Lord.

Response:    Grant this, O Lord.

Deacon:      For the pardon and remission of our sins and offenses, let us beseech the Lord.

Response:    Grant this, O Lord.

Deacon:      For what is good and beneficial to our souls and for peace in the world, let us beseech the Lord.

Response:    Grant this, O Lord.

Deacon:      That we may spend the rest of our life in peace and repentance, let us beseech the Lord.

Response:    Grant this, O Lord.

Deacon:      For a Christian, painless, unashamed, peaceful end of our life, and for a good account before the fearsome judgment-seat of Christ, let us beseech the Lord.

Response:    Grant this, O Lord.

Deacon:      Asking for unity in the faith and for communion of the Holy Spirit, let us commit ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.

Response:    To you, O Lord.

Celebrant:   And make us worthy, O Master, that we may with confidence and without condemnation dare call you “Father,” God of heaven, and say:

The celebrant elevates his hands and prays the Lord’s Prayer together with the faithful:

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.

The celebrant or a concelebrant intones:

Celebrant or Concelebrant: For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

Response:    Amen.

The procession around the tetrapod, removal of crowns, and Holy Communion (optional)

The celebrant and deacon return to the tetrapod, where the couple is standing. Immediately the celebrant takes the couple by their joined right hands, holding their hands with epitrachilion in his left hand while holding up the hand cross in his right hand. He leads them around the tetrapod three times, once during the singing of each of the following.

Irmos, Tone 5. Rejoice, O Isaiah! * The Virgin was with child * and bore a Son, Emmanuel. * He is God and Man. * His name is Rising of the Sun. * By extolling him, * we bless the Virgin.

Troparion, Tone 7. O holy martyrs, * you have struggled courageously * and have received your crowns. * Pray to the Lord to have mercy on our souls.

Troparion, Tone 7. Glory to you, O Christ our God, * boast of the apostles * and joy of the martyrs * who proclaimed the Trinity, one in essence.

Removing the crown from the groom the celebrant says:

Be exalted, O bridegroom, as Abraham; and be blessed as Isaac; and multiply like Jacob, walking in peace and keeping the commandments of God in righteousness.

Removing the crown from the bride the celebrant says:

And you, O bride, be exalted as Sarah and be happy as Rebekah; and multiply like Rachel, rejoicing in your husband and observing the prescriptions of the law, for this is well-pleasing to God.

If the couple have not received Holy Communion, and are prepared to receive, they may do so now. The presanctified gifts are taken from their place and, after the antimension is opened, they are put into a chalice of wine on the holy table.

If Holy Communion is not given, continue with the prayer, “God, our God, you came to Cana ...”

The celebrant leads the couple in the prayer of preparation for Communion:

O Lord, I believe and profess that you are truly Christ, the Son of the living God, who came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the first. Accept me today as a partaker of your mystical supper, O Son of God, for I will not reveal your mystery to your enemies, nor will I give you a kiss as did Judas, but like the thief I profess you:

Remember me, O Lord, when you come in your kingdom.
Remember me, O Master, when you come in your kingdom.
Remember me, O Holy One, when you come in your kingdom.

May the partaking of your holy mysteries, O Lord, be not for my judgment or condemnation but for the healing of soul and body.

O Lord, I also believe and profess that this, which I am about to receive, is truly your most precious body and your life-giving blood, which, I pray, make me worthy to receive for the remission of all my sins and for life everlasting. Amen.

O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
O God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me.
O Lord, forgive me for I have sinned without number.

The deacon bows once, takes the chalice from the celebrant and, turning toward the faithful, intones from within the holy doors:

Deacon:      Approach with fear of God and with faith.

Response:    Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. The Lord is God and has revealed himself to us.

The celebrant takes the chalice back from the deacon. The bride and groom come forward to receive communion from the celebrant. After Communion, the chalice is returned to the table of preparation, and the antimension is refolded.

Blessing of the newly-married couple

Then the celebrant and deacon stand on the solea, facing east.

Deacon:      Let us pray to the Lord.

Response:    Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant:   God, our God, you came to Cana of Galilee and blessed the marriage there; also bless these your servants who through your providence are united in the common life of marriage. Bless their comings and goings, fill their life with good things, accept their crowns in your kingdom, keeping them pure, blameless, and above reproach forever.

Response:   Amen.

The celebrant turns to bless the faithful, intoning:

Celebrant:   Peace be to all.

Response:    And to your spirit

Deacon:      Bow your heads to the Lord.

Response:    To you, O Lord.

Celebrant:   May the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the all-holy, consubstantial, and life-originating Trinity, one Divinity and Kingdom, bless you and grant you a long life, good children, advancement in life and in faith and fill you with an abundance of all the good things of the earth. May he make you worthy of enjoying the promised blessings through the prayers of the holy Theotokos and of all the saints.

Response:  Amen.

The celebrant holds the common cup of wine and blesses it, saying this prayer:

Deacon:      Let us pray to the Lord.

Response:    Lord, have mercy.

Celebrant:  O God, you made all things by your might. You made the world firm and adorned the crown of all that you made. Bless with your spiritual blessing this common cup which you give to those who have united themselves in the common life of marriage. For blessed is your Name and glorified is your kingdom, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever.

Response:    Amen.

The celebrant gives the cup first to the groom and then to the bride. This is done three times, so that the entire cup of wine is consumed.

Dismissal

Deacon:      Wisdom!

Response:    More honorable than the cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim; who, a virgin, gave birth to God the Word, you, truly the Theotokos, we magnify.


Throughout Pascha, the following is sung in place of “More honorable.

Response:  Shine in splendor, O new Jerusalem, for the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. O Zion, now dance and be glad; and you, pure Theotokos, rejoice in the resurrection of your Son.


Celebrant:   Glory to you, O Christ God, our hope, glory to you.

Response:    Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Give the blessing.


Throughout Pascha, the following is sung in place of “Glory to the Father.”

Response:    Christ is risen from the dead!  By death he trampled Death; and to those in the tombs he granted life.  Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.  Give the blessing.


Celebrant:   May Christ our true God, who by his presence in Cana of Galilee showed marriage to be honorable, have mercy on us and save us through the prayers of his most pure Mother; and of the holy, glorious, and illustrious apostles; of the holy God-crowned sovereigns and equals to the apostles, Constantine and Helen; of the holy great martyr Procopius; and of all the saints; for Christ is good and loves us all.

Response:    Amen.

Celebrant:   To your newly-wed servants, (Name) and (Name), grant, O Lord, many years.

Response:    God grant them many years. God grant them many years. God grant them many blessed years. In health and happiness, in health and happiness, God grant them many blessed years.