Welcome, in the
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to this place and this time!
It is our joy to witness and to celebrate the wedding of _______ and
Priest: ____ and __
come to us to become one--not to lose themselves, but to promise a new
life of unity. God IS Love, and it is this Godly Love, shared by
humans, which brings unity! Marriage is a sacred covenant between two
people where they commit to live in that love, and come to know each
other with mutual care and companionship. God is LOVE, and Love brings
joy! Through that joy, husband and wife may share their new life with
others--family, friends and ultimately with the world. We gather here to
support them today and witness their public proclamation of this union.
____ and ___ with our
prayers, and share their joy. The scriptures teach us that the bond and
covenant of marriage is a gift of God, a holy mystery in which man and
woman become one flesh, an image of the union of Christ and the Church.
As this woman and this man give themselves to each other today, we
remember at Cana in Galilee, our Savior Jesus Christ made the wedding
feast a sign of God's reign of Love. Let us enter into this celebration
confident that through the Holy Spirit, Christ is present with us now.
CALL TO PRAYER
O God we gather to
celebrate Your gift of Love and its presence among us here. We rejoice
that two people have chosen to commit themselves to a life of loving
faithfulness to one another. We thank You that we have experienced Your
love through the life-giving love of Jesus, and through the care and
affection of other people. At the same time we remember and confess to
You that we often have failed to be loving. Forgive us, O God. Renew
within us an affectionate spirit. Enrich our lives with the gracious
gift of Your love so that we may embrace others with the same love You
give us. May our participation in this celebration of love and
commitment give to us a new joy and responsiveness to the relationships
we cherish through Jesus Christ, we pray.
Let us join
together now in the words our Savior Himself taught us:
Our Father Who
art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy Will be
done on Earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily
bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who
trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
from evil (for Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory
forever and ever). Amen. Alleluia!
Scripture reading is taken from 1 John 4:7-16.
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God,
and everyone who loves is born of God and
4:8 The person who
does not love
know God, because
God is Love.
4:9 By this the
love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and
only Son into the world so that we may live through him.
this is love: not
we have loved
God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the sacrifice
for our sins.
Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one
another. 4:12 No
one ever has seen God. If we love one another, God lives in us,
and his love is perfected in us.
this we know that we
live in God
and God in us:
in that he has given us of his Spirit.
4:14 And we have seen
and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in
him and he in God.
And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has
Love, and the one who abides in Love abides in God, and God
abides in him.
is the Word of God! Alleluia!
Declaration of Intention by Couple
_________ and ________
before God, (and in the
presence of those here with you,)
I ask you both to affirm your willingness to enter this holy covenant of
marriage, and to share all the joys and sorrows of the new relationship,
whatever the future may
Priest to Groom: ____,
do you come here freely, without reservation, to give yourself in
will you have
_____ to be your wife, and
will you love her faithfully as long as you both shall live?
Priest to Bride: ____,
do you come here freely, and without reservation, to give yourself in
Priest to Bride:
______, will you have
_____ to be your husband, and
will you love him faithfully as long as you both shall live?
support by loved ones present
(addressing relatives and friends): Do you, as the families and friends
of ___ and ___pledge your
support and encouragement to them as they make this covenant commitment
God of our mothers and fathers, hear our pledges encouraging and
supporting this union of _____ and
_____. 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
couple 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.
Profession of Vows
(standard or may be
composed by couple)
____, I give myself to you
to be your wife. I promise to love, honor, and support you in our
covenant of marriage, in sickness and in health, for richer or for
poorer, in joy and in sorrow, as long as we both shall live.
I give myself to you to be your husband. I promise to love, honor, and
support you in our covenant of marriage, in sickness and in health, for
richer or for poorer, in joy and in sorrow, as long as we both shall
Priest: ____ and _____,
you have declared your intent before God and this community here with
you. Share now your vows with each other.
(Hold each other's
hands and repeating after the priest)
I solemnly promise
to love and to trust, to honor and to cherish you each day from this
day forward. I invite you to share my life and I hope to share yours.
I dedicate myself to your happiness and fulfillment as a person, I
devote myself to your salvation in Christ. I will do everything in my
power to preserve and encourage our sacred marital union. I accept
_____ / ______ as my loyal and loving (wife/husband) and I
promise to love you an no other.
Blessing of the Rings
May these rings be a sign of your sacred love, and may you think of one
another each time you look upon them. May the circle of these rings
symbolize the unending love of God reflected in your holy union,
in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Exchange of Rings
with this ring, I
take you as my wife, for as long as we both shall live, in the Name of
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
___, with this ring, I
take you as my husband, for as long as we both shall live, in the Name
of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
_____ and _______, the two lighted candles symbolize your separate
lives, your separate families, and your separate sets of friends. Now,
each of you, take one candle and together light the center candle.
(The couples take
their candles and the priest continues)
The individual candles represented your individual lives before today.
Lighting the center candle symbolizes the joining together of your two
lives to form a married couple, and the joining together of your two
families and sets of friends.
Hand-tying With Priest's Stole
(The couple places
their left hands or both hands together. The priest then wraps
their hands together in a loose knot. The Celtic Blessing is given or
Copyright 1998, Rev. Cait Finnegan
This knotwork of
love that you weave today
Will guide you
through life as you go your way
Should the road
become difficult just stop and say:
"I do take you,
Love, again today."
And these vows,
before God, that you proclaim here,
the bond that you build through the years.
So we witness with
joy, as family or friends,
And rejoice in
these words: real love never ends.
With your hands
clasped together, God's blessing be yours!
With your hearts
weaved together, God's blessing be yours!
With your circle
around you, God's blessing be yours!
We pray that
forever, God's blessing be yours!
And, should the
road become rocky just stop and say:
"I do take you,
Love, again today."
(Putting his/her hands on their
May you be blessed
with unbreakable bonds of Love to one another! May you be bound with
unbreakable bonds of commitment to
this Love. May all your thoughts, words, and actions toward one another
reflect only this Love.
(Priest unties the couple's hands and continues:)
In the presence of
God, before us here, you have made your solemn vows to each other. You
have confirmed your promises by the joining of hands and by the giving
and receiving of rings. Therefore, in the Name of the + Father, the
Son, and the Holy Spirit,
I now pronounce you
husband and wife.
You may exchange your holy kiss.
Priest: ___and ___,
may the grace of Christ attend you, the love of God surround you, and
the Holy Spirit keep you that you may grow in holy love, find delight in
each other always, and remain faithful until your life's end. Go now in
great joy, in the Name of the + Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.