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Ceremony with Unity Ceremony

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______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Welcome family and friends! (Groom) and (Bride) have asked you, those who are special and important to them, to join here today to witness and celebrate their union in marriage. Through their time together, they have come to realize that their personal dreams, hopes, and goals are more attainable and more meaningful through the combined effort and mutual support provided in love, commitment, and family; and so they have decided to live together as husband and wife. Holy Matrimony is an honorable estate, instituted by God and therefore is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly; but reverently, advisedly, soberly. (Groom) and (Bride), are you ready to be joined in marriage? Let's begin in prayer. God, for the joy of this occasion we thank you. For the significance of this wedding day we thank you. For this important moment in an ever-growing relationship we thank you. For your presence here and now and for your presence at all times, we thank you. In Christ’s holy name we pray. Amen. 1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-8a - Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends. (Groom) and (Bride), today you enter as individuals, but you will leave here as husband and wife, blending your lives, expanding your family ties, and embarking upon the grandest adventure of life. The story of your life together is still yours to write. No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take. Both of you come to this day with the deep realization that the contract of marriage is sacred as are all of its obligations and responsibilities. Marriage is a commitment to life ... to the best that the two people can find and bring out of each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth no other human relationship can equal, a physical and emotional joining that’s promised for a lifetime. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life's most important relationships. A spouse is your best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, commitments are stronger, even pain is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly. Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life. When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential, made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfill. Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.  A good marriage must be created.  In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things.  It is never being too old to hold hands.  It is remembering to say, “I love you”. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years.  It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.  It is standing together facing the world.  It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the family.  It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.  It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.  It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.  It is not looking for perfection in each other.  It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.  It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.  It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.  It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner. (Groom), do you take (Bride) to be your lawfully wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Will you love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her forsaking all others, keeping only unto her, so long as you both shall live? (Bride), do you take (Groom) to be your lawfully wedded husband, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor, and keep forsaking all others, keeping only unto him, so long as you both shall live? As an expression that your hearts are joined together in love will you please face each other and hold hands, so you may feel the gift that you are to one another. These are the hands of your best friend, 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 help you to hold your unit as one. 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.   Please repeat after me. I, (Groom), take thee (Bride) to be my Wife, 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 us do part. I, (Bride), take thee (Groom) to be my 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 us do part. SAND CEREMONY Today your relationship will be symbolized through the pouring of two individual containers of sand; each representing all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. Like the two of you, each container of sand holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without the need of anything else. When the two are blended together they represent an entirely new relationship. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination. You may now blend the sand together symbolizing the uniting of the bride and groom into one. …and the two become one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be. Wedding rings are made precious by our wearing them. Your rings say that even in your uniqueness you have chosen to be bound together. The wedding ring has no beginning and no ending, which symbolizes that the love between you will never cease. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have taken here today. (Groom), please place your ring on (Bride)’s finger and repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed. (Bride), please place your ring on (Groom)’s finger and repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed. May you establish a home of warmth and understanding; may your lives be filled with peace and beauty; may you always exhibit to one another truth, sympathy and love, and may the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you; may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace this day and forever more. FORASMUCH as (Groom) and (Bride) have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a ring, and by joining hands; I pronounce that they are Man and Wife. Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder. (Groom), you may kiss your bride.
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