state of matrimony

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Perfect amicability being thus restored, a dialogue naturally ensued upon the number and nature of the garments which would be indispensable for Miss Price's entrance into the holy state of matrimony, when Miss Squeers clearly showed that a great many more than the miller could, or would, afford, were absolutely necessary, and could not decently be dispensed with.
Sheikh Zayed, who is often referred to as "the father of the nation", had already noticed the spiralling costs of getting married and decided that the government would step in, where required, to underpin the state of matrimony, generally regarded as one of the essential pillars of a healthy society, by offering a grant in the form of a loan to help pay for the ceremony and all the incidental costs.
O God, who hast taught us that it should never be lawful to put asunder those whom thou by Matrimony hadst made one, and hast consecrated the state of Matrimony to such an excellent mystery, that in it is signified and represented the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt Christ and his Church: look mercifully upon these thy servants, that both this man may love his wife, according to thy Word, (as Christ did love his spouse the Church, who gave himself for it, loving and cherishing it even as his own flesh), and also that this woman may be loving and amiable, and faithful to her husband, and in all quietness, sobriety, and peace, be a follower of holy and godly matrons.
They blame the double-barrel woes of a national recession and the ebbing interest in the holy state of matrimony.
MORE musings on the state of matrimony, following our item last week.
Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, using Jan de Hartog's play ``The Fourposter'' as its inspiration, have basically dumped all their young and fresh ruminations about the state of matrimony into their score.
Some wondered if the voyeuristic, visceral nature of "Scenes" repelled conservative viewers and corporate underwriters who didn't know what to make of such a truthful (and strangely poetic) dissection of the state of matrimony.
Bob Geldof examines the state of matrimony in the UK in Geldof on Marriage (Channel 4, Monday, 8pm), while Dad's Army: The Men Who Stormed The Palace (Channel 4, Monday, 9pm) looks at controversial group Fathers4Justice.
In granting the petition, Federal Judge Ana Morozowski wrote: 'Although they are of the same sex, the authors of the petition live in a state of matrimony, a fact which extends, to Mr Harrad, the right of permanent residence.
James Earl Evans, will you have Andrea to be your wedded wife, to live together in the holy state of matrimony, will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, keeping all only unto her so long as you both shall live?
This can cast a heavy shadow over a woman's preparations for entry into the blissful state of matrimony and can cause unbearable emotional stress for a newly married couple.
The proposed insanity whereby "sodomite unions" would be equal in law to the holy state of matrimony, constitutes not only an insult but also an injustice to those men and women who, throughout centuries, have sacrificed so much in order to raise, love, and educate children.