banns of marriage

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banns of marriage

in England and Wales, the public pronouncement in church of an intended marriage. Banns are necessary only if the marriage is to take place in the Church of England other than by religious licence or a superintendent registrar's certificate. In 1977 banns were abolished in Scotland, notice to the registrar being submitted in all cases.
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Marriage banns have been posted for 20 couples to wed at the Gretna registration district of Gretna Green, Gretna or Kirkpatrick Fleming on Thursday and they are all from the UK.
Although the term 'banns' is now associated solely with marriage banns, 'a canon law requirement that a marriage could take place only after it had been announced in public on three successive Sundays', it originally meant 'public proclamations' in a much broader sense; the term derives from the Old and Middle English verb 'bannan'.
Janet began by apologising for her sore throat, before proclaiming three sets of marriage banns for Matthew Richard Walker and Nicola Jayne Mellor and David Nixon and Francesca Marie Germain - for the third time - and Elisha Joel Matthew Eric Benjamin and Emma Jane Tattersall, for the first time of asking.
However, one comes away from this volume with a strong sense that while engagement has been announced and the marriage banns posted, the wedding has yet to take place.
Lewes crown court also heard he never asked the organist to play and failed to read out marriage banns in services.
Marriage banns, elaborate ceremonies for commoners, state licenses, family courts, the preoccupation with sexuality, and demands of romantic love, along with a sentimental approach toward childrearing--all these accoutrements of modern marriage have conceptual origins in the Protestant Reformation, but they took centuries to develop and were irregularly practiced until the 19th century.
And the temptation to end that sentence with "of this parish" is huge, since reading of the marriage banns is pretty much the only public airing the word "spinster" gets these days.
TERRIFIED Camilla was at the centre of a security scare last night because the marriage banns revealed her address.
In the marriage banns he had stated he was a bachelor.
Immigration rules mean that for him to marry in the Philippines he would have needed to have posted marriage banns and stayed there for at least three weeks.
It is already considering scrapping the reading of marriage banns, and may end the requirement that the bride and groom should live in the parish where they marry.
The Church of England has also proposed to end the reading of marriage banns in its parishes.
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