Posted by: johnrichmanjr | August 2, 2011

Traditional Ceremony

Presentation of the Bride

Who offers their blessing for the union of _______ and _______?

(Wait for response from Father of the Bride or other important chosen family member.)

Welcoming Words

It is with great pleasure that we gather today to witness the joining of two hands,

and two hearts in holy matrimony.These two people, _______ and _______, have

fallen in love so deeply, so completely, that today, they make a bond, a sacred

covenant before God, whereby their hearts, their bodies, and their souls shall be

united as one in marriage for the rest of their days.

_______ and _______’s respective families, together with their friends, each represent

a circle of love. A circle of love where members care for, and nurture each other,

in times of joy and in times of sorrow.Today, _______ and _______ join their lives

together to make a new circle of love, one that overlaps with, and is made

stronger by those from which it has emerged. You have been invited here

because of their special relationship with you, to witness the creation of this

sacred bond.

Biblical Reading : 1 Corinthians 13

Love.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a

resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can

fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move

mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and

surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It

is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of

wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always

protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Declaration of Intent to Marry

The covenant of marriage is one that can be entered into only by persons who are both legally and spiritually free to offer themselves to each

other. Therefore, in the presence of God and in the presence of all of the

witnesses here, I will ask _______ and _______ to state their intention. _______and

_______, have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to

each other in the holy state of matrimony?

(They respond:“Yes” or “We have.”)

Vows

(To Groom)

Please repeat after me: I love you. You are my best friend. Today I give myself to you in marriage. I promise to encourage and inspire you,

to laugh with you, and to comfort you in

times of sorrow and struggle.

I promise to love you in good times and in

bad, when life seems easy and when it

seems hard, when our love is simple,

and when it is an effort.

I promise to cherish you, and to always

hold you in highest regard.

These things I give to you today,

and all the days of our life.

(To Bride)

Please repeat after me: I love you. You are my best friend. Today I give myself to you in marriage. I promise to encourage and inspire you,

to laugh with you, and to comfort you in

times of sorrow and struggle.

I promise to love you in good times and in

bad, when life seems easy and when it

seems hard, when our love is simple,

and when it is an effort.

I promise to cherish you, and to always

hold you in highest regard.

These things I give to you today,

and all the days of our life.

Officiant: Do we have the rings?

Officiant: Lord, please bless these rings that _______ and _______ are about to exchange. May these rings forever remind them of their covenant with one

another, as well as the circle of love they have publicly created here today. May

their compassion and kindness for one another always be like these rings, with no

beginning and no end. May the precious metal remind them of their precious

commitment, and if either begins to tarnish, may they joyfully undertake the

sacred duty to make it shine brightly again. May their relationship always be like

these rings, separate but close, simple but beautiful. May these rings always

belong to their hands, and their love always belongs in each other’s hearts.

Amen

Exchange of Rings

This ring represents my affection for you, and my commitment to you.

It shows the world I will always love you, cherish you and honor you, for all the days of my life.

With this ring, I thee wed. (Groom places ring on Bride’s finger.)

This ring represents my affection for you, and my commitment to you.

It shows the world I will always love you, cherish you and honor you, for all the days of my life.

With this ring, I thee wed.(Bride places ring on Groom’s finger.)

Pronouncement of Marriage

Because, ________ and ________, you have expressed your love and commitment, and promised each other the joy of all your days, before God and this company, it gives me great honor and pleasure to pronounce you husband and wife. Kiss You may now kiss the bride.

Marriage Blessing


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