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The Historical Development of the Book of Church Order

Chapter 59 : The Solemnization of Marriage


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PCUS 1925, DfW, XIII-7 [§361]
PCUS 1894, DfW, XII-7

Marriage must always be performed before a competent number of witnesses, and it is recommended that it be not on the Lord's day. And the Minister is to give a certificate of the marriage when required.

PCUSA 1789, DfW, XI, Section VII
Marriage must always be performed before a competent number of witnesses; and at any time except on a day of public humiliation.
And we advise that it be not on the Lord's day. And the minister is to give a certificate of the marriage when required.

UPCNA 1912, Book of Government and Worship, XX-§398

Ordinarily marriage should not be solemnized on the Sabbath.

RPCES, Directory for Worship, XIV-6

All ministers who are requested to marry divorced persons should exercise great care lest they join together those whose marriage the Church cannot sanction. In case a minister be in doubt as to the propriety of a proposed remarriage, he may seek the advice of the Presbytery through its Moderator or through a committee appointed for that purpose. (Chapter XXIV of the Confession of Faith should be carefully studied.
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