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Unformatted text preview: ce of marriage is repeated with one statement. It is God who combines the man and the woman in marriage and for a human being to dissolve the pledge would violate God and His directives. Marriage must be entered with this commitment to permanency. The Archbishop addresses the congregation: Forasmuch as William and Catherine have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth either to other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving of a ring, and by joining of hands; I pronounce that they be man and wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. The wedding vows conclusion blends all previous statements and commitments to reinforce the Solemnization of Marriage. Notice "have consented together" highlight the "I will" statements and the joining of hands. Look further as the vows describe marriage as "holy wedlock." Holiness comes from God and the marriage is directed back to the Supernatural not only as participant but as an eyewitness ("have witnessed") to the event. The conclusion simply reviews the vows ("have given and pledged") an...
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