The Anglican Parish of St. Mark and St. Philip

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1802 33rd Ave. SW Calgary, AB
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As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

John 15: 9-12

We at St. Mark & St. Philip’s want your wedding to be a happy and memorable occasion that reflects both the long tradition of Christian marriage and also your personal hopes and desires. Here are some of the things you may want to know.

Who may be married at St. Mark & St. Philip’s?

Couples desiring a Christian ceremony in the Anglican tradition are welcome to be married at St. Mark & St. Philip’s. Either the bride or the groom should be a baptized Christian (though not necessarily an Anglican) and preferably an active member in the church. If not, we ask that you attend worship on a Sunday morning to get the feel of our congregational life, though you will not be required to join the parish.

Couples who live out of town may also be married here provided they are willing to participate in marriage preparation where they live. Verification in the form of a certificate from a recognized marriage preparation program, or a letter of reference from a local priest or pastor, is required.

Where one partner is an active member of another church or faith community, arrangements can be made for an interdenominational or interfaith ceremony with the clergy from that community participating. Generally, we do not permit couples to bring their own clergy to preside at a wedding without the involvement of one of our own clergy.

What preparation is required?

Anglican marriage guidelines require that a couple be prepared to enter into marriage. Ordinarily this means participation in a church-sponsored marriage preparation program. Such programs deal with communications, conflict resolution, personality differences, intimacy, and spiritual dimensions of relationships.

Alternatively, where participation in such a program is not possible, a couple may seek one-on-one pre-marriage counseling from a qualified counselor.

In the case of remarriage after divorce, a couple is required to apply to the diocesan Marriage Commission for permission to marry. This ensures that all legal and emotional issues arising from the previous marriage(s) have been addressed. We supply the application form and guide the couple through the application process.

In all cases a couple must supply the officiating minister with a valid marriage license procured from an authorized licensing bureau. This should be in our possession, if possible several weeks before the wedding takes place.

What general guidelines are offered for the wedding service?

St. Mark & St. Philip’s offers the marriage ceremony according to the Anglican liturgy from either of the two prayer books authorized for use in the Anglican Church of Canada, that is, the Book of Common Prayer (1959) or the Book of Alternative Services (1985). In most cases we will recommend the use of a contemporary rite because of its simplicity and accessibility. Couples may personalize the service with their own statements of intention, but the vows ordinarily will be those found in either prayer book.

While a wedding at St. Mark & St. Philip’s should respect and reflect the ethos of the Anglican tradition, considerable latitude exists to make personal choices. These choices include: the music, readings, prayers, decoration of the church., and personalized statements such as a specially designed pew bulletin or the lighting of a unity candle.

We encourage participation by members of the couples family and by their friends.  They may do so in the presentation of the reading of scripture, the prayers for the couple or in various other aspects of the service.
Professional photographers - both still and video - are welcome to record the service as long as proper decorum is observed. In order to minimize all distractions, the use of flash photography is limited to the bridal procession, the signing of the register, and the recessional at the conclusion of the service. Discreet non-flash pictures may be taken at other times in the service.

Photographers are required to consult with the officiating minister prior to the service. The use of confetti and rice is discouraged entirely, and birdseed, bubbles, etc. are restricted to outdoors.

How much will it cost?

The marriage ceremony is a sacrament of the church and, as such, is offered without charge. It is customary, however, to make a donation to the church at the time of the wedding and to pay the officiating minister an honorarium. There are also various people who may be hired through the church to play a supportive role in the ceremony, for instance, the organist, wedding coordinator, and caretaker.

All donations and fees should be paid before the day of the ceremony, usually at the time of the rehearsal, or when the marriage license is being dropped off. This reduces the number of details to be attended to on the day itself.

The following schedule of donations and fees is subject to change. This does not include such discretionary expenses as flowers, pew bows, candles, etc.

  • Donation to St. Mark & St. Philip’s - $150
  • Honorarium for the Minister - $200
  • Organist - $150 ($200 if rehearsal with a soloist is required)

Where to go from here?

If you are not already associated with St. Mark & St. Philip’s please plan to attend a Sunday worship service. Then contact the church office to arrange an appointment with one of the clergy. After an initial meeting to discuss your plans, the date and time of your wedding will be booked.