THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE AT ST. PETER'S CATHEDRAL
The Sacrament of Marriage at the Cathedral is open to all members of the Cathedral congregation and their immediate families. Marriage is one of the most significant moments in our lives. For this reason, we consider it a great privilege to be involved in the lives and preparation of couples desiring to commit themselves to one another through this sacrament. The need for such preparation is especially essential today in the face of the many challenges couples encounter as they strive to honor God and their vows for a lifelong union.
The social understanding of Marriage is very much in flux in our society today, as we recognize that human love is expressed in a variety of ways within our social experience. As a result, the traditional sacramental expression of marriage within the church has become caught up in this social human expression. At The Cathedral, we welcome all of God’s children into an uplifting and transformational experience of worship and fellowship, regardless of gender understanding, as we seek, together, a closer relationship with God through Christ. In regards to marriage, our Dean and Rector, adheres to the traditional and historic understanding of sacramental marriage and is thus able to perform this sacrament solely within the context of that traditional understanding of a lifelong union between a man and a woman. He also, however, recognizes that there are a number of faithful members who embrace a different understanding of marriage. Because of this, and since it is now allowed by the national church Canons and our Bishop, he will make available to these members other clergy at the Cathedral who are willing to perform weddings at the Cathedral within this expanded understanding.
Our overriding goal at the Cathedral is to faithfully draw near to God and to be informed and then transformed into the likeness of God, so that we can share his love and truth within our lives.
For a complete understanding of the requirements for marriage in the Episcopal Church and at St. Peter's Cathedral, please contact Dean Scott Anderson.