Introduction to the Ceremony
Greetings Friends and Family
We are gathered here today
And in the face of this company,
To join together John and Kathryn in holy matrimony;
It is not to be
Entered into unadvisedly,
But reverently and soberly.
Into this Holy Estate,
These two persons present
Come now to be joined.
If any one can show just cause
Why they may not be lawfully
Joined together, let them
Speak now or forever hold their peace.
I require, and charge you both,
That if either of you know any
Impediment, why you may not
Be lawfully joined together in
matrimony, you confess it now.
Please welcome Kathryns Grandmother in a Bible Reading
Wedding Prayer :: 1 Corinthians 13 4-7
“Love is patient, Love is kind
No eyes of envy, true love is blind
Love is humble, it knows no pride
No selfish motives hidden inside
Love is gentle, makes no demands
Despite all wrong, true love still stands
Love is holy, love is pure
It lasts forever, it will endure
Love is loyal, believes the best
It loves the truth, love stands the test
Love is GOD sent in His Son
Love forgives all we have done
In this world where hatred seems to grow
True love goes against the flow
And becomes so hard to show
In this world where push turns into shove
We have strength to rise above
Through the power of His love
Lord, we need to know the power of Your love
This is the day you have chosen to become husband and wife.
We are here, not only to witness your commitment to each other,
but also to wish you every happiness in your future life together.
Within its framework of commitment, and loyalty,
marriage enables the establishment of a home,
where through trust,—– patience and respect,
the love and affection which you have for each other
may develop into a deep and lasting relationship.
We, who are witnessing your marriage,
hope that despite the stresses inevitable in any life,
your Love, Respect for each other,
your trust and understanding of each other will increase
your contentment and heighten your joy in living.
Please welcome Bill Blais for an Irish Blessing.
Irish Wedding Blessing
May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow
May the soft winds freshen your spirit
May the sunshine brighten your heart
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again my friend
May God hold you in the hollow (palm) of his hand
May God be with you and bless you
May you see your children’s children
May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in Blessings
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
May the joys of today
Be those of tomorrow.
Will you please, as an expression that your hearts are joined together in love, now join your hands.
Johns Personalized Vow
I choose you, and Rachel, to be my family.
I promise to honour & respect you, and to provide for you to the best of my ability.
I promise to make our home a haven where trust, love, kindness, and laughter are abundant.
I make these promises to you, lovingly, and freely, and vow to honour them all the days of my life.
John, do you take Kathryn to be your lawfully wedded wife, to live together in marriage. Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor and keep her For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health And forsaking all others, be faithful only to her. So long as you both shall live?
John: I do
Kates Personalized Vow
I cannot promise to always be rational.
I cannot promise to always be strong.
I cannot promise to be faultless.
I cannot promise to always be the same.
I cannot promise not to hurt your feelings sometimes.
I promise to share my thoughts with you.
I promise to be supportive of you.
I promise to be honest with you.
I promise to help you achieve your goals.
I promise to understand you.
I promise to love you
Kathryn, do you take John to be your lawfully wedded husband, to live together in marriage. Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor and keep him For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health And forsaking all others, be faithful only to him. So long as you both shall live?
Kathryn: I do
Exchange of the Rings
These rings are a symbol of the unbroken circle of love. Love freely given has no beginning and no end, no giver and no receiver for each is the giver and each is the receiver. May these rings always remind you of the vows you have taken.
John: Kate, with this ring, I thee wed. Take it and wear it as a symbol of all we shall share.
Kathryn: John, with this ring, I thee wed. Take it and wear it as a symbol of all we shall share.
Declaration of Marriage
Forasmuch as John and Kathryn have pledged to each other their fidelity, lifelong commitment, and love in the sight of God and their friends and family, I therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the state of Massachusetts, pronounce them to be husband and wife.
Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder.
John, You may now kiss your bride!