GS 2013 – Article 101
3.3. Form for the Solemnization of Marriage:
3.3.1. The recommendation of the SCBP regarding the awkward wording “We pray you” in the prayer of the Form for the Solemnization of Marriage is valid. The recommendation to change this to “We pray that you will grant them your Holy Spirit…” is the sensible solution.
3.3.2. The church at Cloverdale makes a good point regarding the word “maintain” in the vow of the bridegroom regarding his bride. The word “maintain” as it is generally understood today is awkward in this place in the form. The SCBP should be instructed to consider a good alternative as suggested by Cloverdale: “support,” “provide for,” “care for” or something similar in line with a synod-approved translation of Scripture (Ephesians 5:29).
4.3. Form for the Solemnization of Marriage:
4.3.1. To adopt the recommendation of the SCBP to reword the relevant line in the prayer of the form to “We pray that you will grant them ….”
4.3.2. To approve the proposal of the church at Cloverdale to change the word “maintain” in the vow of the bridegroom regarding his bride and to instruct the SCBP to make the necessary change as per the suggestion of Cloverdale.