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Unformatted text preview: d produce pause when attempting to act against the pledge. For others, it indicates an existing obligation. The promise stated indicates the desire of the couple to share their "body" and "worldly goods" and not dishonor the marriage commitment. The ring symbolizes purity, eternality and value. The congregation remains standing as the couple kneels. The Archbishop says: Let us pray. O Eternal God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind, giver of all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life: send thy blessing upon these thy servants, this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy name; that, living faithfully together, they may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, whereof this ring given and received is a token and pledge; and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together, and live according to thy laws; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Archbishop joins their right hands together and says: Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder. 5 The permanen...
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- Spring '14