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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Banns of marriage, for the second time of asking, were read by Tina, for John Stuart Bailey and Karen Nichol, for their wedding in Lindley on February 14.
Philip proclaimed banns of marriage for Peter James Fawcett and Nicola Kerry Simpson, for the third time, and then Linda concluded the service with a prayer and a blessing for all present.
Communion, and individual blessings followed and the final song I Danced In The Morningresounded around the church and Jim reannounced the three Banns of Marriage of last week, for the second time of asking, together with another set for the first time for Simon Edward Cotterill and Victoria Louise Fish.