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What are the original marriage vows?


What are the original marriage vows?

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Bradon Answered:

There are many traditional marriage vows that are quoted, adjusted and personalized according to each couple’s beliefs and preferences. If you’re looking for one main example, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Every religious sect has its own version of wedding vows, and they all vary slightly from one another. The Catholic faith has two different versions, and for Protestants there are separate examples from each denomination, including Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran versions of the traditional wedding vows. If you aren’t sure what to use as a starting point for your vows, you can check with your clergy or wedding officiate.

Stargazer Answered:

The oldest traditional wedding vows can be traced back to the manuals of the medieval church. Upon agreement to marry, the Church offered couples the choice to promise each other to "love and cherish" or, alternatively, the groom promises to "love, cherish, and worship", and the bride to "love, cherish, and obey".

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