GUIDELINES FOR HOLY UNION OR SAME SEX WEDDING OF THE LGBTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH INC.
WHAT IS THE RITE OF HOLY UNION?
The Rite of the Holy Union is one of the Five Rites of the LGBTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH in Quezon City.
THE RITE OF HOLY UNION is the spiritual joining of two persons in a manner fitting and proper by a duly authorized Pastor. After both persons have been counseled and apprised of their responsibilities one toward the other, this rite of conferring God’s blessing may be performed by the Pastor or Associate Pastor of the LGBTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Usually the venue is at the Bahay Beki or House church in Proj 8 Quezon City otherwise in a place the couple chooses to held the wedding.
The essence of the Rite of Holy Union is the vow, the pledging of deepest fidelity of each other. It is the spiritual joining of two persons regardless of sexes, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. It is a celebration of love, commitment and promise, witness and affirmed by their friends, family, and the Church.
LEGAL OR NOT IT HAPPENED IN QUEZON CITY and in the PHILIPPINES
The difference of Holy Union and Matrimony is that Matrimony has its legal entity while the Holy Union is a Rite. Unfortunately, the Philippines have no Marriage Equality Law or the Same-Sex Marriage Law yet. LGBTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH advocates for the Right To Marry and Form a Family, thus we support marriage equality bill pass into law in the Philippines if there is any. We are organizing the Marriage Equality Philippines as the primary organization that will lead this advocacy. All couples are expected to be actively participate in this elite group.
Furthermore, the weddings conducted in the Philippines are recognized but not guaranteed in some countries which have Domestic Partnership, Civil Union, Same Sex Marriage or Marriage Equality Law in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Sweden, some states in the USA, to name a few.
IS THE RITE OF HOLY UNION ILLEGAL?
The Philippine Constitution guarantees that the Freedom of Religion is protected, in Article III, Section 5 of the Bill of Rights states that..
“No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights”
THE EXCHANGE OF VOW IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE WEDDING
The heart and soul of the Rite of Holy Union or the Same Sex Holy Union Wedding is the Exchanging of the Vows of two loving person that promise to be together for the rest of their lives with of without legal papers. This is a private or public ceremony to be conducted for the celebration of love.
CHURCH REQUIREMENTS FROM THE COUPLE ARE
- Birth Certificate (Xerox only) or any Official ID.
- LGBTS Christian Church Holy Union Registration Form Fully Signed
- Passport (Xerox Only) for Foreigner only.
- Picture together of the Couple
WEDDING COUNSELLING CON ORIENTATION
- Wedding counseling is Important
- No wedding counseling, No Holy Union Rite. Wedding Counseling Is Important
- No wedding on Sunday afternoon from 6PM till 8PM unless very special.
- We need the names of the witnesses (ninongs at ninangs) for the Certificate of Holy Union.
HOLY UNION FEE
7,500 if within Metro Manila plus transpo fare.
10,000 if outside Metro Manila plus transpo fare and hotel accommodation.
7,500 if at the Women Center in 3 Marunong St., Brgy.Central, Quezon City. If with fresh flowers arrangements and bridal bouquet, additional 5,000 pesos.
THINGS NEEDED DURING THE WEDDING CEREMONY
ring, veil, cord, arras, bible, unity candles (1 big, 2 small)
For more info:
Rev.Ceejay Agbayani, MDiv.
Mobile Number : +639164260481
Flower arrangements and bridal bouquet is Php 5,000