Christian Wedding Ceremony

Officiants welcoming words:

It is with great pleasure that we gather today to witness the joining of two hands, and two hearts in the marriage of _________and ____________.

These two people 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 ______________families, and friends, represent 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.

(optional passing of the Peace):

Take a moment to exchange a greeting of peace. (guests turn to each other and say, “Peace be with you” (reply) “and also with you”.

(optional—Memorial mention honoring those not present):

At this time, we would also like to honor those who could not be with us today.

We offer a special remembrance of _____________. Although they are not here with us physically, we feel blessed they are with us in spirit on this beautiful day. We bow in silence to honor their memory. You can light a candle near a picture of them or a small can ring for 10 senconds.

First Reading or Poem (optional, see additional poem selection):

Biblical Reading 1Corinthians 1-13

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 loved, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not loved, 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 deliht in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and 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.

Couples Address:

___________and ____________, you are here to publicly declare your devotion to each other. The essence of this commitment is the acceptance of each other in entirety, as lover companion, and friend. A good and balanced relationship is one in which neither person is overpowered nor absorbed by the other, one in which neither person is possessive of the other, one in which both give their love freely and without jealousy.

(optional reading or poem, see additional poem selections)

Cherish every Moment by Leslie A Neilson

Today is the beginning of a dream.

A day where two souls are woven together.

Cherish every moment that life offers.

And celebrate every small pleasure.


Express your love at every chance,

And allow it to unfold gracefully.

Show your devotion and dedicate your lives

To the enrichment of each other.


Strive always for honesty and integrity.

Build upon your marriage daily.

And seek to understand each other.

But above all this…

Draw upon the love you feel today

And forever etch it in your hearts.


Couple Intent to Marry:

Marriage is one that cannot be entered into lightly, each person must be 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, ________and _______ have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in the holy state of matrimony.?

Couple respond: Yes, we have.

Traditional Vows: (see additional vow selection or you may write your own vows)

Please face each other and join your hands, and in so doing, join your hearts.

Groom: Please repeat after me.

I, _________, take you __________, to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, to love and to cherish, for better, or worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, from this day forward, until death do us part.

Bride:

I, _________, take you __________, to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, to love and to cherish, for better, or worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, from this day forward, until death do us part.

Blessing of Rings:

Lord, 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 belong in each other’s heart, in Jesus’ name. Amen

Exchanging of the Rings:

Groom:

My beloved _________, with this ring, I thee wed.

Bride:

My beloved _________, with this ring, I thee wed.

Pronouncement:

_____________and ____________, you have expressed your love and commitment to each other, through your sacred vows and through the giving and receiving of these rings, before these witnesses and in the presence of God.

By the power given to me by the state and by the power of your Love,

I pronounce you Husband and Wife.

Those whom God have joined together may he generously bless forever.

You may now kiss each other.

Final Blessing: (optional, you may also close with a poem or reading)

Apache Wedding Blessing:

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter to the other.

Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no more loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two bodies, but there is only one life before you.

Go now to your dwelling place, to enter into the days of your togetherness,

And may our days be good and long upon the earth. Amen.

Introduction of the new bride and groom:

Ladies and gentleman, it my honor and privilegeto present to you for the first time,

Mr. and Mrs. ____________and ___________________________.
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