Marriage rites

Published October 1, 2011

A “consensus description” of Anglican theology looking at the rites of marriage is being finalized by the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation (IALC) and will be circulated across the Anglican Communion for comment this fall.

The document, entitled Rites Relating to Marriage: A Working Interim Document, will include guidelines about what cultural symbols can be brought to a Christian marriage rite.

At an August meeting in Canterbury, U.K., the IALC also consulted with the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church in the U.S. on developing rites for the blessing of committed same-gender relationships.

The IALC is the official network for liturgy of the Anglican Communion and is recognized by the Anglican Consultative Council and the Primates’ Meeting.


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