Love never gives up.Love cares more for others than for self.Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.Love doesn’t strut,Doesn’t have a swelled head,Doesn’t force itself on others,Isn’t always “me first,”Doesn’t fly off the handle,Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,Doesn’t revel when others grovel,Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,Puts up with anything,Always looks for the best,Never looks back,But keeps going to the end.
By Kenneth L. Patton:
May these two find happiness in their union. May they live faithfully together, performing the vow and covenant they have made between them; and may they ever remain in sympathy and understanding: That their years may be rich in the joys of life, and their days good, and long upon the earth.
Prayer: “Our Father”:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
By David A. Johnson:
Out of this tangled world, two souls have come together, drawn by mutual love and respect. May their days and years yet unborn deepen the joy of their choice and make it abidingly true
Apache Wedding Blessing:
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years, May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.
By Angeline E.M. Theisen:
______________ and _______________, in presenting yourselves here today to be joined in holy union, you perform an act of faith. This faith can grow and mature and endure, but only if you both determine to make it so. A lasting and growing love is never automatic, nor guaranteed by any ceremony. Devotion, joy and love can grow only if you nurture them together. Stand fast in that hope and confidence, believing in your shared future just as strongly as you believe in yourselves and in each other today. Only in this spirit, can you create a partnership that will strengthen and sustain you all the days of your lives.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 - 12 (TLB):
9Two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better. 10If one falls, the other pulls him up; but if a man falls when he is alone, he’s in trouble. 11Also, on a cold night, two under the same blanket gain warmth from each other, but how can one be warm alone? 12And one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer...
God in heaven above please protect the ones we love.We honour all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives together. We honour mother-earth - and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons;We honour fire - and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts; We honour wind - and ask we sail though life safe and calm as in our father's arms; We honour water - to clean and soothe our relationship - that it may never thirsts for love; With all the forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony and true happiness as we forever grow young together.
By John Corrado:
This is a moment of celebration. Let is also be a moment of dedication. The world does a good job of reminding us how fragile we are. Individuals are fragile; relationships are fragile too.Every marriage needs the love, nurture and support of a network of friends and family. On this wedding day I ask you not only to be friends of ___________ or ____________ but friends of ___________ and ____________ together, friends of the relationship. In the moment of silence that follows, I ask each of you, in your own way, to confer a silent prayer, blessing, wish or hope upon this couple.[The officiant pauses for a moment of silence.]Blessing:May the love you have found grow in meaning and strength until its beauty is shown in a common devotion to all that is compassionate and life-giving. May the flow of your love help brighten the face of the earth. May the source of all love touch and bless us and grace our lives with color and courage.
By Kenneth W. Phifer:
____________ and _____________, you have now affirmed before your families and friends your love and your caring for each other. You have come from different backgrounds. You have walked different paths. You are different individuals. Your love has transcended these differences. In the years before you may the richness of the traditions that have nurtured you enhance and brighten your lives as you help to create and shape the future.May the challenges of your life together be met with courage and optimism. May you learn from your failures and grow in your achievements. May life bless you with children, friends and family in a wide network of mutual support and enjoyment. May you face pain, toil and trouble with a stout but light heart. May you share with others the radiance of your seasons of joy and pleasure. May you always remember that laughter is the medicine of… (God).May the spirit of love be ever a part of your lives so that the union we here celebrate this day be worthy of continued celebration tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.
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Blessing of Rings:
The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. It is a seal of the vows [Groom's name] and [Bride's name] have made to one another. Bless O God these rings, that [Bride's name] and [Groom's name], who give them, and who wear them, may ever abide in thy peace. Living together in unity, love and happiness for the rest of their lives.
Breaking of the Wine Glass:
The breaking of the wineglass is, among other things, a symbol of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem; a representation of the fragility of human relationships, and a reminder that marriage changes the lives of individuals forever. Modern interpretations include the fragility of human relationships, the beginning of a new life, and the dismissal of prejudice and ignorance. It is also the official signal to shout “Mazel Tov“!
Before the ceremony begins, the officiant asks the guests to observe a moment of silence in memory of ____________ (name of deceased given along with relationship to bride or groom).A long stem rose may also be placed in an empty chair as an option.
Jumping the Broom:
The jumping of the broom is a symbol of the sweeping away of the old and the welcoming of the new, or a symbol of a new beginning. As we celebrate the joining together of these two lives and the need for support of the marriage from the entire community of family and friends, please join me in counting to three and shouting jump!
Long stem presentation roses can be ordered from your florist. They are usually red but can be any color. Some couples also present roses to grandmothers or other special people in their lives.)(As the couple starts the recessional, they both go to the bride’s mother to present a long stem rose and then to the groom’s mother and do the same. Often the bride and groom will switch mothers and give them a hug, kiss, and whisper something from their heart into the mother’s ear.)
As the Indian legend goes, if anyone desires a wish to come true they must capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it. Since they make no sound, they can’t tell the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit. So by making the wish and releasing the butterfly, it will be taken to the heavens and be granted. Today this couple has chosen to keep this tradition by performing this unique form of Indian celebration. Please join them in their wish!
Often marriage is viewed as the union of two persons. In reality, marriage is much broader. It is always a joining of families. We are, in fact, all members of one family. As part of the family nature of this marriage we recognize ___________ and (his/her/their) importance in this new family relationship.By presentation of (this/these) tokens (small gift to child: ring, bracelet, necklace, etc.) we pledge to you, _______________, our continuing love even as we surround you with our arms of support....(Optional presentation at end of ceremony):Introduction of the Family: It is my pleasure to present to you _____________ and _____________ in their new relationship as husband and wife and their child(ren) ____________________.
And now may the blessing of light be with you always. Light within and light without. May the sun shine upon you and warm your heart until it glows like a great fire, so that others might see your love for one another and for the whole of creation.
Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand into one, representing you, ____________ and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, ____________ and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.
Cord & Veil:
The cord & veil are a part of the ceremony to symbolize unity, a large loop of rosary beads is placed in a figure eight shape around the necks of the couple after they have exchanged their vows. A veil is then placed over the couple. The symbolism of the cord & veil is to show the union and protection of marriage. At the end of the ceremony, the items are removed by the couple which placed them on the couple. The cord & veil are given to the bride as a memento of her becoming the mistress of the groom's heart and home and shows their promise to always be together side-by-side.
Blessing of the Coins:
The Blessing of the coins originated thousand of years ago in Rome. The thirteen coins symbolize Christ and His twelve disciples. The coins represent wishes for prosperity. (Coin bearer gives bag to minister.) We have God’s promise that our lives will prosper as we follow His Holy Word. The groom now takes the bag of coins, and pours them into the bride’s cupped hands. By so doing, the groom recognizes his responsibility to provide, support, and care for his new wife. By receiving the coins, the bride pledges her unconditional trust and confidence with total dedication and prudence. The gold coins now become a family keepsake and are passed down from generation to generation. It also symbolizes that in hard times the couple will never be without.
As you began your new journey as husband and wife, let this pair of doves symbolize the love and devotion that will grow through your years together.The memory of these two creatures of nature, who bond together for life, will serve as inspiration as you both go forth – traveling a path started by two, and combined as one, with a never ending love for one another.
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