Sadly Anglican liturgies have given up on the Bible and .This is not Christianity accommodating its language into the terms of today, or being relevant to changing circumstances.This Biblical teaching is reflected throughout the 1662 service, such as in the introduction when the minister enumerates the reasons for marriage as (i) procreation, (ii) remedy against sin (drawn from 1 Corinthians 7 and 1 Thessalonians 4), (iii) companionship.Similarly, the 1662 service emphasizes the Biblical teaching on the differing responsibilities of husband and wife.“All ye that are married, or that intend to take the holy estate of Matrimony upon you, hear what the holy Scripture doth say as touching on the duty of husbands towards their wives, and wives towards their husbands.”’ There follows a sermon addressing first the husband and then the wife, using and reading three passages of scripture (Ephesians 5, Colossians 3 and 1 Peter 3) that differentiate the responsibilities of husbands and wives. Children became the last reason for marriage, not the primary one.Marriage was now about love: a relationship of “a deepening knowledge and love of each other”.It should be obvious that the Bible is the basis for Christian understanding of marriage.It teaches that marriage is a work of God in creation, symbolising our redemption, just as it speaks of the ways to conduct ourselves in marriage in the light of our creation and redemption.
shall contravene any principle of doctrine or worship laid down in such standard”.
Its male and female polarity is God’s intention in creation and reproduction.
Its unity is made by God and maintained by each party being faithful to the promises of their common agreement or covenant.
Worse still they became vacuous – giving each other the “honour due” as wife and husband without explaining what such honour is.
In 1995 the contemporary service of 1978 became the conservative service and a new contemporary service was introduced.