Will you be writing your own marriage vows, or will you be using one of these romantic, beautiful religious marriage vows?
In this article you will read about some of the most beautiful religious marriage vows out there. They can be a good starting point for you if you wish to write your own vows.
It can be a great way to incorporate traditional wedding vows into your non-traditional wedding. So here it is, a list of religious marriage vows for your inspiration and information.
Protestant wedding vow
One of the most well-known wedding vows is the protestant vow. You have probably heard it in movies where the happy couple is finally getting married in the end.
“I, ___, take thee, ___, to be my wedded husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith to you.”
Lutheran wedding vow
“I, ______, take you, ______, to be my wife/husband, and these things I promise you: I will be faithful to you and honest with you; I will respect, trust, help, and care for you; I will share my life with you; I will forgive you as we have been forgiven; and I will try with you better to understand ourselves, the world and God; through the best and worst of what is to come, until death parts us.”
Hindu wedding vow
“Let us take the first step to provide for our household a nourishing and pure diet, avoiding those foods injurious to healthy living.
“Let us take the second step to develop physical, mental and spiritual powers.
“Let us take the third step to increase our wealth by righteous means and proper use.
“Let us take the fourth step to acquire knowledge, happiness and harmony by mutual love and trust.
“Let us take the fifth step so that we are blessed with strong, virtuous and heroic children.
“Let us take the sixth step for self-restraint and longevity.
“Finally, let us take the seventh step and be true companions and remain lifelong partners by this wedlock.
Roman Catholic wedding vow
“ I, ____, take you, ____, to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life. ___, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Muslim wedding vow
For most Muslims it is uncommon to recite vows. Instead they pay heed to the words of the imam, who speaks about the meaning of marriage and the newlyweds responsibilities to Allah and each other. At the end of this ritual the couple consents to become husband and wife before they are blessed by the congregation.
In the case that the Muslim groom and bride do recite a vow it goes something like this:
Bride: “I, ___, offer you myself in marriage in accordance with the instructions of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him. I pledge, in honesty and with sincerity, to be for you an obedient and faithful wife.”
Groom: “I pledge, in honesty and sincerity, to be for you a faithful and helpful husband.”
Jewish wedding vow
“Behold, you are consecrated to me with this ring according to the laws of Moses and Israel. I betroth you to myself forever; I betroth you to myself in righteousness and in justice, in love and in mercy; I betroth you to myself in faithfulness, and you shall know G-d”
Traditional secular wedding vow
“I, ____, commit myself to you, ____, as wife/husband to learn and grow with, to explore and adventure with, to respect you in everything as an equal partner, in the foreknowledge of joy and pain, strength and weariness, direction and doubt, for all the risings and settings of the sun. We tie these knots to symbolize our connection to one another. They represent our trust in each other and our combined strength together.”
Nondenominational wedding vow
“______, I take you as my wife/husband, with your faults and your strengths, as I offer myself to you with my faults and my strengths. I will help you when you need help, and turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.”
Enough Food for thought?
So now that you have read these inspirational religious marriage vows, what will your vow be? You can borrow from these ancient, traditional vows, or you use them as inspiration for a more progressive vow with traditional hints.