Marriages, baptisms and burials: guidance for the clergy

This booklet provides guidance to members of the clergy on their role and responsibilities during burials, baptisms and marriages.


Guidance for the clergy

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This booklet provides support and guidance to members of the clergy on their role and responsibilities relating to:

  • burials
  • issuing of a certificate of name given in baptism
  • ensuring that the legal requirements of marriages solemnized in accordance with the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England or Church in Wales are met

You should read it together with the Faculty Office booklet ‘Anglican Marriage in England and Wales. A guide to the law for Clergy’.

Published 16 October 2012
Last updated 28 February 2023 + show all updates
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