Saint Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles is a worshiping community of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. As such, all Celebrations and Blessings of a Marriage that take place here take place within the Episcopal tradition, with the Book of Common Prayer as our guide. Those who wish to be celebrate their marriage here need not be Episcopalian, but at least one of the couple must be a baptized Christian. This is because Holy Matrimony is understood as a Christian marriage, in which two enter a life-long union, make their vows before God and the Church, and receive the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows.
We would be delighted to walk with you as you prepare to enter your new life together. Canon law in the Episcopal Church permits the marriage of any two adults, regardless of sexual orientation, so long as they affirm that their marriage “is to be unconditional, mutual, exclusive, faithful, and lifelong.”
If you would like to inquire about celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony at Saint Paul’s, the first step is to request a “Guide to the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage” from the church office at 612-377-1273. According to canon law, a couple must consult the clergy at least 30 days prior to the proposed wedding date (90 days if either party is divorced, when the bishop’s approval is required). Premarital counseling is required of all couples seeking the Sacrament of Marriage.
Making plans much further in advance is strongly advised in order to ensure scheduling flexibility.
You can explore the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony in the Book of Common Prayer, pages 422-432.