Weddings and Handfastings
                  

EXAMPLE OF HANDFASTING CEREMONY:

Welcome family and friends!
We are here today to celebrate one of life's greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of true love, and to cherish the words that will unite ____ and ___ in marriage.
(Who presents _____ to be married today?)
____ and ____, in the days ahead of you, ther will be times of sadness and times of joy. Harmony will be your reward if you follow this advice..
Let your love be stronger than your anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend  than to break. Look for the best in your partner and ask for help when youu need it. Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship. Give your partner the same courtesies and kindness you bestow on your friends. Say "I love you" everyday. 
Blessing of the elements:

Powers of air, weave tightly the bonds of  Heart, Spirit, and Love between _____and ____. Let none undo the fabric of their love.
Powers of fire, ignite the passion and love for ___and___, ever burning yet never one consuming the other.
Powers of water, bless ____ and ____ with love as deep as any ocean.
Powers of Earth, bless ____ and ____ with strength and wisdom as long as life and love lasts.
Consecration:

Father and Mother God, of all this wonder, we pray that your love and your joy may flow through us at this time. Shine you light upon ____and ____ so that they may give each other total joy.
Nourish their minds with your wisdom.
Enrich their hearts with your love.
Feed their marriage with your presence.
Give them courage and inspiration to honor the vows they make here today.
May they be supported and encouraged in their union, and be eternally blessed. Amen.
Vows:
____ and ____, please face each other and join hands.
I remind you that commitment is a precious gift; a lifelong dedication and a daily challenge to love one another more fully and more freely.
With this understanding, do you ___ take ____, to be your partner and live together in marriage?
Do you promise to be a tender, faithful partner? Do you promise to love, honor, and comfort --- in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better or worse, from this day forward?
With this understanding, do you ___ take ____, to be your partner and live together in marriage?
Do you promise to be a tender, faithful partner? Do you promise to love, honor, and comfort --- in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better or worse, from this day forward?
Rings:

These rings, a token of your love for one another, serve as a reminder that all in life is a cycle;  all comes to pass and passes away, and comes to pass again.
May the elemental of Air bless these rings. Air is the beginning of all things, there direction of East, and the dawning of a new day, May your lives, through the reminder of these rings, be blessed with continuing renewal of love.
May the element of Fire bless these rings. Fire is the passion within your love, the spark of love itself the heat of anger the warmth of compassion. It is the direction of the South, the heat of midday. May your lives, through the reminder of these rings, be blessed with continual warmth.
May the element of Water bless these rings, Water nourishes and replenishes us; the waters of emotion and harmony pour vitality into our lives, It is the direction of West, the afternoon and evening, May your lives, through the reminder of these rings, be blessed with fulfillment and contentment.
May the element of Earth bless these rings, All life springs from Earth and returns to the earth, the direction of North, the nighttime, May your lives, through the reminder of these rings, be blessed with strength and solidity.
Statement of rings

The circle is a perfect figure, without beginning, without end, with no area of weakness. It is a symbol of the cycle of life:  of birth, death and rebirth. This shall serve as a physical reminder of your vow, and that all things begin and end and begin again, as the Gods so decree. These rings shall serve to remind you that life goes on, that these moments pass. When you are engulfed in anger or in sadness, look to your hand, and remember that the Wheel turns forever onward, and it is love that turns the wheel.
____, Place the ring you have chosen on ____finger, and say to them these words: This ring a gift for you | symbolizes ny eternal love and commitment, | All that I am | and all that I have| I offer you love and joy.
____, Place the ring you have chosen on ____finger, and say to them these words: This ring a gift for you | symbolizes ny eternal love and commitment, | All that I am | and all that I have| I offer you love and joy.
Let these rings serve as locks, binding you together, and as keys, unlocking the secrets of your love, and this bringing you closer together.
Unity Candle:

These two candles before you are yourselves. Each of you is a whole and complete human being. Together, light the third candle in the center but do bot extinguish the first two. For in life partnership, you do not lose yourself; You add something new, a relationship, the capacity to merge into one another without losing sight of your individual self.
May the brightness of these flames shine throughout you lives. May they give you courage and reassurance in the darkness, warmth and safety in the cold, and strong joy in your bodies, minds and spirits. May your union be forever blessed.
Binding

____, Place your right hand, palm up in ____'s right hand. ____ place your left hand, palm up in___'s left hand.
These are the hands of your best friend. They 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 hold you when fear or greif overtakes your mind.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
May these hands always reach out with love tenderness and respect.
May these hands cintinue eo build a loving relationship that lasts a lifetime.

Please keep your hands crossed, and hold them tightly.Holding your hands this way creates the figure 8, the symbol for infinity.

May the cord draw your hands together in love, never to be used in anger.
May the vows you have spoken never grow bitter in your mouths.
May you be blessed with health and prosperity. For remember, what one may not provide the other may. So you are bound, each to the other, unto all of your days.
Heart to thee, soul to thee, body to thee, forever and always. So mote it be.
Closing:
To be loved is to know joy and happiness. To love is to know the joy of sharing oneself, and it is through the miracle that love that we discover the fullness of life.
May Mother and Father God always be with you, love you, and guide you both, now and forever.
May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash your worries.
May the breeze blow new strength into your being.
May you walk gently through the world and know it is beauty all the days of your life.
And may you live those days in peace, love, and happiness.
Pronouncement
____ and ____ in the binding of yourselves, you have created a life anew. Step forth, therefore, into that new life, and rejoice in your love. I am happ to pronounce you life partners.
You may seal your vows with a kiss!
Presentation
It is my honor to present Mr. and Mrs.________!

 


                      
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