Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant performed in the presence of God. In the Episcopal Church, it is required that one, at least, of the parties be a baptized Christian; that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses; and that the marriage conform to the laws of the State of Michigan and Canons of the Episcopal Church. In addition, at least one of the parties must be a member of the Episcopal Church or the couple must indicate the intention of becoming members of the Church. The couple must then arrange times for pre-marital counseling with the Rector. If either has been married to a former spouse still living, permission for remarriage must be obtained from the Episcopal Bishop of Michigan after consulting with and upon petition from the Rector. Marriage ceremonies conform to the rite set forth in the Book of Common Prayer rather than the customs or preferences of secular and social customs. Weddings will not be scheduled during the season of Lent or Holy Week.