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ceremony blessings and readings

Updated: Jan 31, 2021

Marriage ceremonies sometimes have blessings, like this Old Irish Blessing: ... ๐’Ž๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚, ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ณ๐˜ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฑ๐˜€ ... Your choice, your ceremony, your story. Together, we can co-create a unique script and program that will make your ceremony meaningful and memorable.

optional to choose a blessing, reading, or a personal letter for your marriage ceremony
Lauretta Wright, Celebrant loves the Old Irish Blessing for wedding ceremony

Marriage ceremonies sometimes have readings. One that I adapted from Robert Fulghum's work, is called โ€œUnionโ€ and follows:

"You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way.

All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks all those conversations that began with, โ€œWhen weโ€™re marriedโ€, and continued with โ€œI willโ€ and โ€œyou willโ€ and โ€œwe willโ€; โ€œall those late night talks that included โ€œsomedayโ€ and โ€œsomehowโ€ and โ€œmaybeโ€; and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, โ€œYou know all those things that weโ€™ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed? ... well, I meant it all, every word."

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another โ€œacquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, parents, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.

For after today you shall say to the world: This is my husband. This is my wife."

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