Wedding Ceremony

The Bard

THE ORDER OF SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGE (GENERAL)

The Altar shall be dressed with a white cloth, with a Cup, and an
unsheathed Sword. A small lectern should be provided to the
Minister,that he may hold the Sword and read the ceremony. One candle
shall be unlit upon the altar, and two lit candles shall
be provided, to either side.

Smaller candles shall be provided to at least the wedding party, and to
the whole congregation, if possible.

Ministers take Altar
Groom and attendants take altar

Processional music starts
Bridesmaids process
Bride and father process
Bride and father take altar

MINISTER: Dearly beloved, today you are surrounded by your family, your
friends, and your loved ones, all of whom have
gathered here today in the sight of the ONE to share your joy and
witness your marriage. Who gives this woman to be wed?

FATHER: I do.

  (the Bride's father shall give the Bride's hand to the Groom, and then
take his seat)

MINISTER 2: This most sacred of bonds is not to be entered into lightly,
but soberly and advisedly, with openness and
honesty. I require and charge you both now, upon your honors, to
disclose any reason or impediment why you may not be
lawfully joined his day.

BRIDE/GROOM: By our honors, there are none.

(The Minister shall turn to the congregation and say:)

MINISTER: Likewise, I charge all of you now, upon your honors, that if
any know a reason that these two may not be lawfully
joined this day, to speak now or forever hold your peace.

(There shall be a short pause for any response)

MINISTER: (__Bride & Groom's Names__), life has no singular meaning so much as it is
made up of many meaningful events, some of which may
be specified and planned for. One of these is Marriage. As you know, no
minister, no priest, no rabbi, no public official can
marry you; you can only marry yourselves. By a mutual commitment to love
each other and to create an atmosphere of
consideration and respect, you can make your marriage come to life.

On this, the day of your marriage, you stand somewhat apart
from all other human beings. You stand within the
charmed Circle of your love, and this is as it should be, b u t love is
not meant to be the possession of two people alone. Rather
it should serve as a source of common energy, a form in which you can
find the strength to live your lives with courage. From
this day onward, you must come closer together than ever before, yet
your love should give you the strength to stand apart; to
seek out your own unique destinies, and to make your own special
contribution to that which is always a part of us, and more
than us.

A marriage that lasts is one which is continually developing,
in which each person is continually developing while
growing in understanding of the other. Deep knowledge of another is not
something that can be achieved in a short time. Real
understanding can only develop fully with years of intimacy. This
wonderful knowledge of another grows out of really caring for
the other so much, that one wants to understand as completely as
possible the intricacies of the other.

May you be blessed with this deep knowledge of each other
through all the days of your lives. Would you now
give your vows?

BRIDE/GROOM: We will.

MINISTER: What tokens do you give that you will keep these vows?

BRIDE/GROOM: We give these rings.

(The rings shall be given to the Minister, who shall take them in hand.)

MINISTER : The ring is used in this ceremony because the Circle is our
symbol for Spirit; that which was in the Beginning, is
now, and ever shall Be, Love, without end. In this ceremony, it is that
love which is deathless and eternal.

MINISTER: We ask now the Blessing of the One upon these rings. They are
bands of silver with the Tree of Life cast in relief
upon their surfaces. Let the bands represent eternity, love without end,
and let the trees represent the nurturement you will share
in that Love, now and always.

BOTH: And so it is.

(The Rings shall be taken by the Minister.)

(And if it is a Swordfasting, then the Minister shall take up the Sword,
and flourish it aloft, and then place it point-down in front
of him.)

(The Bride and Groom shall face each other, and place their hands upon
the Sword's pommel, with the Ministers placing his/her
hands over the Bride and Groom's.)

(the Minister #2 shall turn to the Groom, and say:)

MINISTER 2: (N), repeat after me:

GROOM, I take you as my wife. I pledge to share my life openly with you To
speak the truth to you in love And to honor and
cherish you all the days of our lives. I promise to love and tenderly
care for you For better and for worse For richer and for
poorer In sickness and in health In all storms and fair days we may
weather together For as long as we both shall live.I promise
to respect your needs, To support you in your endeavors And encourage
you as an individual Through all the changes of our
lives. With these words, I pledge my love.

(The Groom shall take the Ring)

And with this ring I seal my vows Now and forever.

(The Groom shall place the Ring upon the Bride's finger.)

(The Minister shall then turn to the Bride, and say:)

MINISTER: (Bride's Name), repeat after me:

BRIDE, I take you as my husband. I pledge to share my life openly with you
To speak the truth to you in love And to honor and
cherish you all the days of our lives. I promise to love and tenderly
care for you For better and for worse For richer and for
poorer In sickness and in health In all storms and fair days we may
weather together For as long as we both shall live. I
promise to respect your needs, To support you in your endeavors And
encourage you as an individual Through all the changes
of our lives. With these words, I pledge my love.

(The Bride shall take the Ring)

And with this ring I seal my vows Now and forever.

(The Bride shall place the Ring upon the Groom's finger.)

(Both Ministers shall then say:)

MINISTER: May you never hunger. May you never thirst.

(Here there may be an interlude of music)

MINISTER : At this time, I would like to speak of some of the things
that many of us wish for you. First, we wish for you a
Love that makes you both better people, That continues always to give
you joy And a zest for living, And provides you with the
energy to face the responsibilities of life.

We wish for you a Home, not a place of stone or wood, but an island of
serenity and sanity. We hope that this Home is not just
a place of private joy and retreat, But rather serves as a Castle
wherein the values of your life and family are generated and
upheld.

We hope your home stands as a symbol of humans living together in Love
and peace, Seeking Truth and nurturement through
each other.

We hope that it has within it the elements of Simplicity, Exuberance,
Beauty, Silence, Color and a concordance with the
Rhythms of Life.

We wish for you a Home with Books, Poetry and Music, For a home with all
the things that represent the highest strivings Of
men and women.

Finally, we wish that your lives be blessed with Spiritual Abundance,
and that your spiritual involvement be enhanced through
This marriage.

(The Minister shall turn to the congregation, and shall say)

MINISTER: Let us all stand together for the closing benediction, and the
passing of the Light.

(The congregation shall stand. The Bride and Groom to the Altar and
light the single candle from their and then shall light their
attendant's candles, and light the candles of the first person in each
row of the congregation. They shall then return to the altar,
and extinguish their candles, placing them on the altar, and return to
their place before the Ministers.)

May we all recognize that the Presence of the One has
already blessed you with the presence of each other.
Keep in remembrance the sacredness of this trust and the love knows no
end. May that Peace, which passes all human
understanding abide with you now, and for always.

BOTH: And so it is.

MINISTER: And for as much as (Bride) and (Groom) have expressed their desire to
be husband and wife, and showing their love and
affection by joining hands, and have made promises of faith and
devotion, each to the other, and have sealed these promises by the
giving and receiving of rings:

MINISTER: In the presence of this company of witnesses, by virtue of my
sacred stewardship and the power vested in me by
the State of __Your State__, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife. You may kiss
the Bride.

(The Bride and Groom shall then recess from the altar, followed by their
attendants. The congregation shall be released by rows.)




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