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Pacific Yearly Meeting

of the

Religious Society of Friends

a guide to quaker discipline in the experience of pacific yearly meeting of the religious society of friends.
published 2001



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6B: Marriage Certificate

preface
pym in context
quaker faith & spiritual practice
testimony & experience of friends
organization of the society
procedures
activities & organization of the YM
glossary
bibligraphy
appendices
sources of quotations
index of sources
subject index

We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Friends who have permitted us to use material for this Faith and Practice.

 

 Whereas, A.B., of ______ , son/daughter of C.B. and of E.F., and D.D., of ______ , daughter/son of H.I. and J.K., having declared their intentions of marriage with each other to ______ Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends,held at ______ according to the good order used among them, and [having the consent of parents (or guardians),] their proposed marriage was allowed by that Meeting.

Now these are to certify to whom it may concern, that for the accomplishment of their intentions, this ______ day of the ______ month, in the year of our Lord ______ , they, A.B. and D.D., appeared in a Meeting for Worship of the Religious Society of Friends held at ______, and A.B. taking D.D. by the hand, did, on this solemn occasion, declare that he/she took him/her, D.D. to be his/her wife/husband/partner, promising,with Divine assistance, to be unto him/her a loving and faithful wife/husband/partner so long as they both shall live (or words to that effect); and then, in the same assembly, D.D did in like manner declare that he/she took him/her, A.B., to be his/her wife/husband/partner promising, with Divine assistance, to be unto him/her a loving and faithful wife/husband/ partner so long as they both shall live (or words to that effect).

And moreover they, A.B. and D.D., according to the custom of marriage, as a further confirmation thereof, then and there to these presents set their hands.

A.B. D.D.

And we, having been present at the marriage, have as witnesses set our hands the day and year above written.

Certificates in this form may be hand printed on parchment or good paper.

Variations on the traditional certificate may be prepared by the couple in consultation with the Marriage Committee, or preprinted traditional forms may be ordered from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Office, 1515 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102.