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The Christian church have always held that universal institution of marriage has a special place in God’s purpose for all human life.

Christian Court Marriage

According to the constitution of the united church of Northern India, Marriage is a sacred institution and it has been blessed by God and it is a natural thing. It is a religious sacrament in which man and woman are bound for ill or well.

Christian Marriage Procedure In India

The Christians in India selects their marriage partners in three important ways :

  • Parents selecting life partners for their children;
  • Boys and girls selecting their life partners by themselves;
  • Parents and children together selecting life partners.

Due to the impact of modern civilization and values, the present day Christians in India prefer to give freedom to the younger ones to select their life-partners. Most of the times parents and children together finalize the selection process.

Christian community in India stresses on certain precautions to be taken by the young boys and girls before they finalize the selection of their life-partners.

  • Blood relatives are to be avoided.
  • Social status of the partner is to be taken into consideration.
  • The social status and the socio-religious background of the families to be considered.
  • The level of education and the strength of the character of the persons to be taken note of.
  • Finally, the physical fitness, that is, physical and mental health of the persons is to be given due weightage.
  • Age of the groom must be 21 and bride 18.
  • Any person who is Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs can perform Arya Samaj Marriage.
  • Any person who is not Muslims, Christians, Parsis or Jews can also perform Arya Samaj Marriage.
  • Inter-Caste Marriages and Inter-Religious Marriages can also be performed in an Arya Samaj Marriage provided none of the marrying persons are Muslims, Christians, Parsis or Jews.
  • If a non-Hindu couple would like to perform the marriage, the Samaj allows them to get converted through a process called Shuddhi. Muslims, Christians, Parsis or Jews, if, out of their free will and consent are ready to convert and embrace Hindu Religion, the Arya Samaj Mandir perform a ritual called shuddhi meaning purification for such conversion, and thereafter, such a convert can perform Arya Samaj Marriage.

Among the Christians, the “engagement ceremony” or the “betrothal ceremony” is normally arranged soon after the process of the selection of the life-partner is over. The engagement ceremony normally takes place at the bride’s house where the boy gives a ring to the girl. Occasionally, if not invariably, the girl also gives a ring to the boy in exchange for the one she receives. After this engagement the formalities of marriage begin. These formalities include the following conditions.

  • Bride and the bridegroom must provide a certificate of their membership of the church.
  • They must provide a certificate relating to their character.
  • Application for the marriage should be submitted to the church at least three weeks before the date of marriage

After the fulfillment of these conditions, the churches of the bride and the bridegroom invite written objections, if any, against the marriage from the concerned. If no objection is received in a specified period, the marriage is held on the day fixed for it. The Clergyman performs the marriage ceremony on the specified day in the presence of certain witnesses. Even if the boy and the girl are getting married in a Civil Court, they are required to go to the church to receive the blessings of the Clergyman.

Normally, marriage ceremony takes place in the church of which the girl happens to be the member. The Christian priest asks the bride and the bridegroom whether they accept each other as husband and wife. Depending upon their consent he solemnizes the marriage by asking the couple to declare in the presence of the witnesses that “I (name), in the presence of the Almighty God and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, do take thee (name), to be my lawful wedded wife / husband.”

The Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872 covers various aspects of Christian marriage. Several aspects such as — who should perform marriage, the place where it is to be performed [in which church], the time of performance, the relative age of the boy and the girl concerned, etc., are all dealt with by this legislation.