Spiritual Script

1. Convocation:

We are gathered here in the presence of God and of this company to join in Holy Marriage _________________and ______________________and to bear witness to the transforming power of love. Love is a quality of spirit and an attitude of the emotions, but a marriage is a life’s work, a spiritual art form. Therefore, this is an occasion of both profound joy and great responsibility and we who partake in it bind ourselves as witnesses to the labor of love that _________________and____________________ are undertaking here. In acknowledgment of this holy purpose and of the power of this occasion, let us pray.

2. The Invocation:

God of Light, who gives us the longing for love and the capability of loving, we give you thanks for __________and ___________ for their open hearts and willing spirits, and for the example of love that they embody here in our presence. Be with them on this joyous occasion of showing their love and making their vows, and be with us, their witnesses that we may all be changed by what is said and witnessed here today.

3. Reading or poem (Optional --see additional Poem selections)

What is Love?

What is Love? No words can define it—

It’s something so great only God could design it.

It grows through the years in sunshine and rain.

In gladness and sadness, in pleasure and pain.

It’s ever enduring and patient and kind—

It judges all things with the heart not the mind.

And love can transform the most commonplace

Into beauty and splendor and sweetness and grace.

For love is unselfish, giving more than it takes.

And no matter what happens, love never forsakes.

It’s faithful and trusting and always believing.

Guileless and honest and never deceiving.

Yes, love is beyond what we can define.

For love is immortal, and God’s gift is divine.

Helen Steiner Rice


4. Adddress: (see additional addresses)

______________________and____________________ you are here because separately and for along time you have each chosen the path of self knowledge. You have paid attention to who you are, what your life means and where you are going. But today, this day of your wedding, is the occasion of the shedding of you solitary journeys in favor of bonding yourself with one another, and your marriage. For it is love after all and before all, that has brought you to this place. Love is the inspiration, the magic and the healing balm of any marriage, no matter how clearly envisioned or powerfully determined its destiny may be. Love is what brought you together, love is what will keep you whole. For love is life’s highest destiny, its greatest purpose, and its finest work.

5. The Consecration:

Dear God, Look mercifully upon your children ______________and_____________________ and be generous with them, so that in the unfolding veils of time, they may truly stand for one another as emblems of the incarnation of your love, Give them a sense of joy, excitement, possibility and challenge about what they are undertaking here today, the ever unfolding and beautiful work of refining their spirits in the presence of each other’s witness, of becoming the bearers of your love.

Give them peace of heart and strength of spirit so they may honor the vows they make here today. And may the promises they make inspire and instruct each one of us who celebrates with them. Amen

6. The Expression of Intent (A public statement of intent)Now that you have heard the high calling of marriage, do you _____________choose __________________to be your honored and cherished wife/husband/partner/ or mate, to live with her and love her in the consecrated state of marriage?

Answer—I do

Now that you have heard the high calling of marriage, do you _____________choose __________________to be your honored and cherished wife/husband/partner/ or mate, to live with him and love him in the consecrated state of marriage?

Answer—I do

7. The Vows (said by bride and groom separately)

(See additional Vow selections )

#1

I_____________ take you____________, to be my wedded wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and In health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.

Or #2

In the name of God, I__________________ take you_________________ To be my beloved wife (husband) to have you and hold you to honor you to treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and in joy to suffer with you and to be transformed, and to love and cherish you always.

I promise you this from my heart, with my soul, for all the days of my life.

8. The Blessing of the Rings (see additional selections)

As God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere, so let the seamless circle of these rings become the symbol of your endless love.

The Exchanging of the Rings:

Beloved _____________I give you this ring as a symbol of my eternal love and as a pledge to honor you with all that I am and all I shall become for my whole life

Beloved _____________I give you this ring as a symbol of my eternal love and as a pledge to honor you with all that I am and all I shall become for my whole life

9. The Pronouncement of Marriage

Now that you ____________________and you_____________________ Have promised to give yourselves to one another and to love each other through your sacred vows and through the giving and receiving of these Rings, By the power vested in me by the state of ______________________ and by the power of your love, I pronounce you husband and wife.

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

You may now Kiss one another.

10. The Benediction: (the officiant’s good wishes and congratulations)

Because you can rest in the comfort of knowing that you are chosen through one another to serve the highest purposes of love, depart in peace, recognizing that what you undertake together will bring you great joy, and that the love you share can truly help to change the world. Now go forth from this place with jubilation in your hearts and gladness in your feet. Amen.

Ladies and Gentlemen it is my proud pleasure to introduce to you for the first time in public

Mr. And Mrs. _____________and______________________________________
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