Christian Marriage is the life-long union of a man and woman who share their lives together in such a way that that they mirror the love which Christ has for the Church.
Weddings are the joyful celebration of the beginning of that life together. In a wedding, bride and groom give each other their consent, make solemn vows to one another, and have their union blessed in the presence of God. The service may also, if the couple want, take place in the context of a celebration of the Eucharist, referred to as a nuptial Mass.
You may get married at All Hallows Church if either you or your fiancé(e) live in our parish, or attend our church and are on our electoral roll. You may also be married here if you have a qualifying connection with our church, such as if a member of your family was baptized or married here. You and your fiancé(e) must also not have been married before. If either of you has been married before, All Hallows can offer you the possibility of a blessing after a civil marriage.
Please be in touch with Fr David if you have any questions concerning marriage.
It is a legal requirement that your banns of marriage are published before you get married. This means the Church publishes your intent to marry so that anyone who knows of a genuine legal reason why the union can not happen may lodge an objection. A valid objection must be something recognised in law as prohibiting your ability to marry. It does not mean that someone who wishes to cause trouble, or who is simply not happy with the idea of your wedding can prevent you getting married.
Banns are usually called on three successive Sundays at our 11am Sung Mass within a three month period before the wedding. It is almost unknown for any objection ever to be made. A certificate proving that no objection was made must then be given to the priest officiating at the wedding.
Banns must be called in the Church of England parishes in which both bride and groom are resident. If you both live in the same parish, then banns only need to be published in one parish. Banns should only be published at St Benet’s if you live within the boundaries of our parish.
Please be in touch with usif you would like to have your banns published at All Hallows. There is a standard fee of £40 (as of Jan 2016) required to be charged by all churches for the publication of banns and the issuing of a certificate.