A Sample Ceremony

Processional

Bride enters

Mothers light individual unity candles when escorted in by ushers

Welcome Family and friends.

It is our joy to witness and celebrate the wedding of GROOM and BRIDE in the name of our God who is Love. They come to us today as individuals. They come to us to become one - not to lose themselves, but to promise a new life of unity and love.

Call To Prayer:
Out of affection for GROOM and BRIDE we have gathered together this day to witness and bless their mutual vows, which will unite them in marriage. To this moment they bring the fullness of their hearts as a treasure to share with one another. They bring dreams, which bind them together. They bring that particular personality and spirit out of which will grow the reality of their lives together. In this marriage they are all joined into a family.

Reading #1 - Blessing For A Marriage

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding. May you always need one another -- not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete. The valley does not make the mountain less, but more. And the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it.
So let it be with you and you:
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all-important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!”
If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery that is the awareness of one another's presence -- no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.
May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.”

Reading #2

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Brothers and Sisters:

Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.
But I shall show you a still more excellent way.
If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love,
I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.
And if I have the gift of prophesy,
and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;
if I have all faith, so as to move mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give away everything I own,
and if I hand my body over so that I may boast,
but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind;
It is not jealous, is not pompous;
it is not inflated, it is not rude.
It does not seek its own interests;
it is not quick tempered;
it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.

Statements of Intention

We are gathered here in the sight of God
to witness and celebrate the joining of GROOM and BRIDE in marriage.
Through their love for one another,
their lives have become richer and fuller
and they are both made stronger.

Having found one another and established their relationship,
they have come here to sanctify it
and give it special significance by celebrating it here with you,
their dearest friends.

As GROOM and BRIDE proclaim their love
and commitment before us,
their family and friends,
let us make our commitment to be loving and supportive of them.

Let us ask God's blessing on them and offer to them our blessings too.

(Pause for silent prayer)

Pledge of Support:
Do you, as people of God,
pledge your support and encouragement to the covenant commitment
that GROOM and BRIDE are making together?

People: We do.

David:
God of our mothers and fathers,
hear our pledges encouraging and supporting the union of GROOM and BRIDE.

Bless us as we offer our prayerful and loving support to their marriage.

Bless them as they pledge their lives to each other.
With faith in you and in each other,
may this BRIDE and GROOM always bear witness to the reality of the love we witness this day.

May their love continue to grow,
and may it be a true reflection of your love for us all, through Jesus Christ.
All: Amen!

Exchange Of Vows

Personal statements are exchanged at this time

GROOM
I, GROOM, take you,
BRIDE, to be my wife,
to have and to hold,
from this day forward,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and cherish always.

BRIDE
I, BRIDE, take you,
GROOM to be my husband,
to have and to hold,
from this day forward,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and cherish always.
Exchange Of Rings

Exchange Of Rings

These rings, in their shape, a circle,
symbolize the Oneness of GROOM and BRIDE,
without beginning or end, without separation.

In their substance, gold,
they symbolize the purity of Love between them.

May these rings always be a remembrance of the blessing of Love.
May they always represent to you the commitment
that you are making today.

And through this commitment,
may your relationship serve as an inspiration to your family, and to Life.
SO we place the ring on our left hand because it is closest to our heart
And the left ring finger
because it has the vein of love connect to our heart

GROOM To BRIDE,
Please accept this ring as a symbol of my unconditional love and commitment

BRIDE To GROOM,
Please accept this ring as a symbol of my unconditional love and commitment

Lighting of the Unity Candle

Music during lighting of the candle
The two outside candles have been lighted
to represent both your lives in this moment.
They are two distinct lights,
each capable of going their separate ways.
To bring bliss and happiness to your home,
there must be the merging of these two lights into one light.
This is what the Lord meant when He said,
“On this account a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife and the two shall be one flesh.”

From now on your thoughts shall be for each other
rather than your individual selves.
Your plans shall be mutual,
your joys and sorrows shall be shared alike.
As you each take a candle and together light the center one,
you will extinguish your own candles,
thus letting the center candle
represent the union of your lives into one flesh.

As this one light cannot be divided,
neither shall your lives be divided
but a united testimony in a Christian home.
May the radiance of this one light be a testimony of your unity
in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessing of the Hands

These are the hands of your best friend,
young and strong and full of Love for you,
that are holding yours on your wedding day,
as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

 These are the hands that will work alongside yours,
as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you
and cherish you through the years,
and with the slightest touch,
will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you
when fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe
the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.

These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged,
will still be reaching for yours, still giving
you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

Final Blessing

May your marriage bring you all
the happiness a marriage should bring.
And may God grant you also,
patience, tolerance and understanding.
May you always need one another-
Not so much as to fulfill your emptiness,
as to help you know your fullness.

May you have happiness,
and may you find it in making one another happy!
May you have love,
and may you find it in loving one another!
Thank you God,
for Your presence here with us,
and for your blessing on this marriage.
Amen.

Announcement of Marriage

Before God, your family and friends you have declared your love for one another
and have made solemn vows to each other.
So it is our honor in behalf of all friends and family
To pronounce you husband and wife
Kiss
Best man will announce the couple

Recessional

 

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