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What do the traditional vows of marriage say?

What do the traditional vows of marriage say?

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Forester Answered:

There are actually several versions of the “traditional” wedding vows. The Catholic Church has two basic versions, and those are the ones you hear on TV. But Protestants have their own version of “traditional” vows too, and each denomination has taken that a step further and come up with their own adaptations. The portion of the vows that are most traditional goes: “I, [name], take thee, [spouse’s name], 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,” but from there you get a lot of different endings depending on denomination.

DiegoM Answered:

Traditional vows vary in the exact wording, but basically you are promising to forsake all others to remain true to your partner, to love and cherish them in good times and in bad times and that you will stay together until one of you dies. The Lutheran vows include forgiving one another as god has forgiven us, and trying to understand your partner as well as yourself, the world and God. Jewish vows are similar. Muslim vows promise to be a faithful and helpful/obedient spouse. Hindus do not take vows but have 7 steps they follow.

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