The Sacrament of Marriage

  Sts. Sergius and Bacchus

“Yes, Lord you love everything that exists, and nothing that you have made disgusts you, since, if you had hated something, you would not have made it. And how could a thing subsist, had you not willed it? Or how be preserved, if not called forth by you?  No, you spare all, since all is yours, Lord, lover of life!”

~ The Book of Wisdom 11:24-26



We affirm and celebrate the essential right of all people to marry.  In marriage a couple’s relationship is not only deepened, but broadened because their union brings into relationship two families whose love, support and encouragement will play a vital role in the life of the new family being formed.  Marriage ceremonies are thus intensely personal, yet profoundly public affairs.  They should be celebrated with respect and reverence, but most of all, joy.

We are especially sensitive to couples who have been alienated from their church of origin, or who find that their marriage is unjustly prohibited in some Christian institutions. This is often the case, for example, among couples who are:

+ Previously divorced;

+ Same-gendered;

+ Inter-religious;

While we take very seriously the possibility that there may at times be genuine impediments to a marriage, we are committed to helping couples arrive at a sense of clarity around their own preparedness whenever necessary.  In all cases, Fr. Vincent works personally with each couple to guide them in creating a dignified ceremony that genuinely expresses the couple’s relationship, commitment and spirituality.  Our ministry to each couple is not only to help them plan their wedding day, but to do so in a way that provides opportunities for reflection on a lifetime of marriage. Any couple wishing either to discuss their wedding plans or to address any initial questions, are encouraged to contact Vincent by clicking here to initiate a conversation.

We look forward to hearing from you, and wish you very warm congratulations as you begin to prepare the celebration of your marriage.

Rev. Vincent Pizzuto, Ph.D.+

New Skellig Celtic Christian Community

The Episcopal Church, Diocese of California

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