Post # 1
Here are our vows:
(Name), today I take you to be my (wife/husband). I promise to love you without reservation, comfort you in times of distress, encourage you to achieve all of your goals, laugh with you and cry with you, grow with you in mind, and spirit, always be open and honest with you, and to love you as you are and not as I want you to be. With every beat of my heart, I will love you. This is my solemn vow.
Is a solemn vow religious? I looked this up and it looked like a Catholic term. We want to keep this secular. How should we word this?
Post # 2
Jw1724: I wouldn’t say that the word itself is religious no… The origins of the word are roman catholic yes, but the two words separate don’t mean anything religious… a “solemn vow” is a religious vow taken in the roman catholic church, but a “solemn” “vow” is a formal or dignified promise…. Basically, it’s up to you two if it feels too religious, but personally I don’t think it would matter to me (raised very religious but grew out of that quick like).
Post # 3
BeckyS0: This is what I was thinking. I feel like it moreso means a very serious, formal vow. I actually never knew its origins until Fiance asked me and I googled it tonight!
Post # 4
Jw1724: I think you can safely use this in a secular way. It sounds nice.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
“Solemn vow” or equivalents are found in a lot of cultures, not just Roman Catholicism. Use it as you wish!