Who in a parish church is authorised to sign the banns
certificates for couples whose banns are read by visiting clergy
during an interregnum?
The banns must be signed by a member of the clergy. The Faculty
Office issues guidance about this: Anglican Marriage in England
and Wales: A guide to the law for clergy.
Section 7.11 states: "Before banns are published for the first
time, the incumbent (or a member of the clergy nominated by the
bishop) must cause the necessary details to be entered in the book,
and the person publishing banns is to read from the book 'and not
from loose papers' (Marriage Act 1949 s.7(3)).
"After each publication the person publishing banns is to sign
the book, or cause it to be done under his/her direction (MA ss.
7(3) and 9(3)). If, during a vacancy, no member of clergy has been
nominated by the bishop then it is recommended that the rural or
area dean be asked to supervise."
Section 7.12 covers certificates of publication, and makes it
clear that the banns certificates must also be signed by a member
of the clergy nominated by the bishop.
(The Revd) Ian Enticott, Accrington
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