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Bishops propose prayers of thanksgiving, dedication and for God’s blessing for same-sex couples
For the first time, under historic plans outlined today, same-sex couples will be able to come to church to give thanks for their civil marriage or civil partnership and receive God’s blessing.
Draft prayers of thanksgiving, dedication and for God’s blessing for same-sex couples published
Prayers asking for God’s blessing on same-sex couples as they give thanks for their civil marriage or civil partnership published
Prayers and Thanksgivings
Prayers and Thanksgivings, from The Book of Common Prayer (1662). Cambridge University Press, 2006 edition.
- Book of Common Prayer
Prayers for God’s blessing for same-sex couples take step forward after Synod debate
The Church of England’s General Synod has called on the bishops to take the next step to issue prayers which would enable same-sex couples to come to church after a civil marriage or civil partnership to give thanks, dedicate their relationship to God and receive God’s blessing.
Safeguarding news and releases
Read safeguarding news and views from the National Safeguarding Team.
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As well as a christening, there is a special, simple service of thanksgiving, which is a lovely time when you can be with friends and family, ask for God’s blessing and pray for your baby.
Dedication Festival from Common Worship: Festivals The Church of England.
- Common Worship
8 A Song of God’s Blessing
Canticles from Common Worship: Daily Prayer by The Church of England.
- Common Worship