Weddings at St. Sarkis
1. The Wedding Sacrament must be performed according to the canons of the Armenian Apostolic Church. IT IS NOT ALLOWED TO HOLD A WEDDING CEREMONY OUTSIDE OF THE CHURCH.
2. Secure a date for the wedding by calling the church office (718-224-2275) as soon as possible. In the event that another wedding has been scheduled for the same day, it may be possible to adjust the time of each wedding to accommodate both parties.
3. Complete and return the attached questionnaire to the church office promptly. Leave blank any questions that you are unsure about.
4. Couples who are seeking to receive the Sacrament of Wedding at St. Sarkis Church must go through a pre-marital preparation program provided and directed by the pastor.
5. If one of the marrying couple is coming from protestant denominations, needs to be confirmed by the church he or she will marry in.
6. The best man needs to be a member of the Armenian Church. In case of non-Armenian, if he is coming from protestant denominations, needs to be confirmed. A non Christian cannot be the best man for a wedding.
7. The marrying couple should arrange to receive their marriage license from the County Court of their residence. This license should be given to the officiating clergyman a week before the wedding. Without this license the priest cannot administer the sacrament.
8. Photographs and videos may be taken at any time during the ceremony. The photographer may not at any time, ascend the steps of the altar or be on the altar.
9. At the end of the Wedding Ceremony the Bride and Groom CANNOT kiss each other in front of the Altar. It is absolutely forbidden. Also, after the ceremony, there will be NO spontaneous clapping or cheering in church.
10. Photographs of the bridal party in front of the bema (lower altar) should be limited to no more than 30 minutes after the ceremony.
THE WEDDING SERVICE
- Processianal to the Front of the Chancel
- The Lord’s Prayer
- Exchange of Vows
- Hymn: Aysor Yergnayink (Today The Celectials Rejoice)
- Joining of the Right Hands and Heads
- Hynn: Naya ee Mez (Look Upon Us)
- Prayer and Introit
- Processional into the Chancel
- Hymn: Oorakh Ler (Rejoice,O Holy Church)
- The Trisagion
- Litany of the Faithful
- Epistls of St. Paul: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
- The Gospel according to Matthew: 19:3-9
- Blessing of the Crowns and Crowning
- Hymn: Tak Bardzanats (O Glorious Crown)
- Prayer of Crowning
- Hymn: Ov Yeranelit (O Thou Blessed of All)
- Removal of Crowns
- Blessing of the Cup of Wine
The prayer of dismissal
- The Lords prayer
- The recessional
Holy Matrimony is a Sacrament of the Armenian Church in which a man and a woman solemnly vow before Christ, the priest and the congregation to love, respect and cherish each other for life. Their union is blessed by Christ through the Church. The marriage ceremony of the Armenian Church is steeped in ritual and symbolism.
The Blessing of the Rings
After being blessed by the priest, rings are exchanged between the bridge and the groom, giving expression of the fact that the spouses in marriage will be constantly complementing each other. Each will be enriched by the union.
The Exchange of Vows
During the exchange of vows and altar in the service, the right hands of the bride and groom are joined to symbolize the oneness of the couple.
The Rite of Crowning
The rite of crowning is the climax of the wedding service. The crowns are the sign of the glory and honor with which God crowns the bride and groom during the Sacrament. They are crowned as the king and queen of their own little kingdom, the home, which they will rule with wisdom, justice, and integrity.
The Blessing of the Common Cup
A glass of wine is blessed in remembrance of the marriage of Cana of Galilee, which was blessed by Christ’s presence. The drinking of wine from the common cup serves to impress upon the couple that from that moment on they will share everything in life, joys as well as sorrows.
The priest blesses the couple, asking Christ to protect them under the shadow of Thy holy and honorable cross in peace. Thus Gods grace is imparted to them to live together in His love, mutually fulfilling.