About the Celebration

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All you need to know for a celebration

Our Celebrant Rev Eric & Rev Yvonne

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Eric Michel, Authorization Code # 35908 from Quebec Justice Ministry
Marie Yvonne Authorization Code # 52933 from Quebec Justice Ministry

Holy Matrimony is a sacrament of the Church, and for that reason, a marriage can only grow spiritually with a couple’s deliberate life together as Christians even is a
civil wedding. We are a religious organization our main celebration is a Marriage Service within a Celebration of Holy Communion including Civil Wedding Formula for the Province of Quebec.

(Canon 201408 Liturgy 61). Also, our mandate is to serve our community. We offer civilian ceremony as well.

CORE COMPETENCIES FOR EMMI CLERGY

The core competencies for EMMI clergy is meeting the needs of people we serve.
We have the ability to structure meaningful responses to diverse needs in dedication
service, baptism, wedding ceremony, or funeral service.

The Wedding Ministry of Eric Michel Ministries International
Have Christian voluntary with specific emphasis on non-stipendiary ministers

Canon 020.26 The Holy Matrimony 
Canon 020.26.1 The Holy Matrimony is understood by the Chaplaincy to be a religious ceremony. While the registration of civil marriage or civil partnership may be necessary to give legal standing to the union of two persons, such ceremony cannot by its nature constitute marriage as that services is understood by the Chaplaincy in religious terms. The policy of the Chaplaincy is that two consenting persons may proceed to the Spiritual Service of Holy Matrimony provided that such a service is permitted by law in the jurisdiction concerned and all legal requirements have been complied with.

Canon 020.26.2 Marriage/ Union is not to be undertaken lightly. The clergyperson should in each case satisfy him or herself that the couple is fully aware of the solemn and lifelong nature of the promises which they are to make, and of the duties of a Methodist family life, particularly with regard to the upbringing of children.

Canon 020.26.3 Clergy must ensure that the parties concerned have registered correctly with the Registrar and that all legal formalities in the country concerned have been followed.
Canon 020.26.4 The Chaplaincy will bless ceremonies of civil marriage or civil partnership between members of the same or the opposite sex.
Canon 020.26.5 The Chaplaincy will admit divorced and remarried persons and those whose previous civil partnerships have been dissolved to these ceremonies provided that the minister concerned is satisfied that the moral intentions of the couple concerned are in keeping with the nature of IUM matrimony or partnership.

Canon 020.26.6 Clergy celebrating same-gender marriages and blessings of the civil partnership if they wish and if permitted by law in the jurisdiction concerned. In the event that they do not wish to accept an invitation, they shall refer it to their Ordinary for redistribution to another clergy member if possible.

Canon 020.26.7 Certificates must be issued for all baptisms blessings, Marriages and Holy Orders. Clergy must issue the certificates and maintain a record of these in a register. A copy of each certificate should also be available to the House of Bishops or the official Chaplaincy registrar acting on their behalf to be kept in the Chaplaincy records.

The essential elements of this mystery are: 

  1. The intention of the couple that they are united
  2. The espousal ceremony
  3. The crowning ceremony, in which the union is blessed.

The actual ministers of the service are the couple; the celebrant witnesses the marriage on behalf of the Chaplaincy and blesses the union, which elevates it from a merely legal to a spiritual estate. The celebrant must be a bishop or a Minister. The sex of the couple is irrelevant to the Chaplaincy.
In order to help prepare those who seek the spiritual service of Holy Matrimony, all couple must undergo at least four one hour sessions with a Minister or counsellor before the wedding can take place. These sessions should focus on what the marital relationship will entail as well as discern any defects that could hamper the marital union.
This requirement can be set aside by the local Bishop or the Synod Bishop on a case by case basis. The setting aside of the requirements of counseling is not to become a norm but rather should be used in cases when it is considered to be of little use to the couple contracting marriage (ie. those who have previously been married, those that have no discernible defects or in the case of the Minister or Bishop having in-depth insight into the couple’s relationship).

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