The Ceremony for the Wedding of ____________ and _____________ __________________________

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The Ceremony for the Wedding of ____________ and _____________ __________________________ ___________, 19__ If it were possible to begin this ceremony by gathering all our wishes of happiness for ________ and _______ from all present here... if we could gather together those precious wishes of affection and our very fondest hopes and turn them into music, we would be listening now to a most inspiring anthem, where it would be composed of the most harmonious notes possible to produce. Even though this is not possible, just speaking of it should assure _______ and _______ that our hearts are attuned to theirs in these moments so meaningful to all of us for "what greater thing is there for two souls than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen each other in all labor, to minister to each other in all sorrow, to share with each other in all gladness." Marriage is an act of faith and a personal commitment as well as a moral and physical union between the parties. Marriage has been described as the best and most important relationship that can exist between two human beings; the construction of their love and trust into a single growing energy of spiritual life, it is a moral commitment that requires and deserves daily attention since no earthly happiness exceeds that of reciprocal satisfaction in the conjugal state. Marriage should be a life-long consecration to the ideal of loving kindness, backed by the will to make it last. Who presents this bride to us? [Optional!] _______, will you take _______ to be your wedded wife, to love, to cherish, to continually bestow upon her your heart's deepest devotion? and _______, will you take _______, to be your wedded husband, to love, to cherish, to continually bestow upon him your heart's deepest devotion? Please join hands. _______, repeat after me: "_______, you are consecrated to me now as my wife this day forward, to love, to cherish, and to have and to hold, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, in sadness and in joy, to care and share together as long as we both shall live." And _______: "_______, you are consecrated to me now as my husband this day forward, to love, to cherish, and to have and to hold, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, in sadness and in joy, to care and share together as long as we both shall live." What tokens of your devotion do you offer your beloved? May these rings be blessed as the symbol of this affectionate unity. These two lives are now joined in one unbroken circle. Wherever they go, may they always return to one another in their togetherness. May these two in turn find in each other the love for which all men and women yearn. May they grow in understanding and in compassion. May the home they establish together be such a place of sanctuary that many will find there a friend. May these rings, on their fingers, symbolize the touch of the spirit of love in the heart. _______, in placing this ring on _______'s finger, repeat after me "_______, I give you this ring as the pledge of my love and as the symbol of our unity". _______, in placing this ring on _____'s finger, repeat after me "_______, I give you this ring as the pledge of my love and as the symbol of our unity". Inasmuch as _______ and _______ have consented together in marriage before this company, have pledged their faith and declared their unity by each giving and receiving a ring -- and are now joined in mutual esteem and devotion; I, by the authority vested in me by God and in accordance with the laws of the State of ---------, do now pronounce that they are husband and wife together -- and offer them this Benediction: "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 lonliness for you. Now there is no more lonliness. 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 your days be good and long upon the earth!" Would you like to kiss your bride?... Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present Mr. and Mrs. ___________________

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