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Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this Congregation, to join together this man and this woman in holy Matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted of God in the time of man’s innocency, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his church; which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with his presence, and first miracle that he wrought, in Cana of Galilee; and is commended of Saint Paul to be honourable among all men: and therefore is not by any to be enterprized, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to satisfy men’s carnal lusts and appetites, like brute beasts that have no understanding; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God; duly considering the causes for which Matrimony was ordained.First, It was ordained for the procreation of children, to be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy name.Secondly, It was ordained for a remedy against sin, and to avoid fornication; that such persons as have not the gift of continency might marry, and keep themselves undefiled members of Christ’s body.Thirdly, It was ordained for the mutual society, help, and comfort, that the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity.The couple used a version of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer's Solemnization of Matrimony.The ceremony began with the traditional wedding march.But the leaders of the Anglican church have no jurisdiction over Westminster Abbey which is unusual among churches in England in being a "Royal Peculiar". Rev Dr John Hall, the Dean of Westminster Abbey, does not answer to the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is a friend, but only to the Queen.Another member of the congregation said: "Peter Cowell has done sterling service at the abbey over the last decade but in view of the upset over the blessing I think he should have the party somewhere else." The Tory MP Sir Patrick Cormack, a prominent Anglican, said: "I would be very tough with them because the service was a flagrant breach of the rules but I think it would be a bit harsh to stop someone who has served the abbey having a farewell party." A spokesman for Westminster Abbey said: "Peter Cowell has written to the Dean to tender his resignation as priest-vicar." Asked if he would be celebrating any more services the spokesman said: "I have not seen his name on any list." He said the Dean was not aware of the party so he could not make any further comment about it." Mr Cowell and Mr Lord were not available for comment.

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Therefore if any man can shew any just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.

It included Latin verse, trumpet fanfares and rose petal confetti.

The service included the familiar greeting that begins: "Dearly beloved, we are gathered together in the sight of God..." Where the original prayer refers to joining "this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony", the words were changed to read "these Men in a holy covenant of love and fidelity".

The answers to these questions will determine the future place of the Church within western society and the kind of pastoral direction and care that the Church can and should offer to a world in which human identity is increasingly categorized in sexual terms.

This series of posts will not attempt to answer all the big questions about marriage and sex.

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