Lorgues with Fayence in the Var

Part of the Anglican Mission of the Diocese in Europe

Wedding blessings

 

Thinking of getting Married in Provence ?  

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In France, only the Civil Wedding performed by the Maire, or his Adjoint, at the Mairie, is legally binding, Church ceremonies are totally optional.  If you wish to get married under French law, at least one of the couple must have resided in the commune in which they wish to be married, for a minimum of 40 days before the wedding and the banns are displayed outside the Mairie ten days before the marriage. On the whole expatriates prefer to have the civil (legal) ceremony elsewhere due to French inheritance laws.

 

imageWedding blessings however are possible here in the Var and are similar in content to a Marriage service. Preparation for this service is important as a Marriage is a life-long commitment so whoever you choose to officiate at your wedding, do allow plenty of time for this to take place and to make all the necessary arrangements the celebrant, church, chapel or other venue.

If you need more advice or someone to take your wedding blessing do please  contact the Pastor.

Salt of the Earth Day 6

Aimages long as God's people are divided, and Christians are estranged from one another, we are like Jesus in Samaria, strangers in a foreign land, without safety, without refreshment and without a place of rest.

The people of Israel longed for a place of safety where they could worship the Lord. Isaiah tells us of the Lord's mighty act: he posted sentinels on the walls of Jerusalem so that his people could worship him in safety day and night.
In this Week of Prayer our churches and chapels become places of safety, rest and refreshment for people to join in prayer. The challenge from this week is to create more places and protected times of prayer, because as we pray together, we become one people.
This reflection comes out of the experience of an ecumenical prayer chapel in the centre of the small town, Madona.

The chapel grew out of the experience of praying through the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity together. The group represents Lutheran, Catholic and Orthodox traditions. They continue to join in round the clock prayer. As long as God's people are divided, and Christians are estranged from one another, we are like Jesus in Samaria, strangers in a foreign land, without safety, refreshment or a place of rest. Isaiah tells us of the Lord's mighty act: he posted sentinels on the walls of Jerusalem so that his people could worship him in safety day and night. In the Week of Prayer our churches and chapels become places of safety, rest and refreshment for people to join in prayer. The challenge from this week is to create more places and protected times of prayer, because as we pray together, we become one people.


DAY 6 Reflectionimage


This is the one week when, as you encircle the church with prayer you become, all too briefly, one people. Persist in this prayer. Persevere, watchful as the sentinels upon the walls of Jerusalem. Be not silent. Take no rest. Give the Lord no respite until, at last, he binds you together and to himself: one people, one mission, one God, that the world may believe.


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