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Who invented this?

Posted by David FG on March 16, 2006

In Reply to: Who invented this? posted by Mark on March 16, 2006

: I wonder who invented this :

: "Repeat after me:
: I, x
: take thee, x
: to be my lawful wedded wife/husband,
: to have and to hold from this day forth,
: for better and worse,
: for richer and poorer,
: forsaking all others till death us do part,
: and hereto I plight my troth."

It (or something like it) appears in the Book of Common Prayer - the standard work of religious services used (no longer exclusively) by the protestant reformed Church of England. As such, it was the work of a committee of Anglican theologians in the 16th Century, though drawing heavily on the Catholic breviary.