______________ and _________________,
you have consented together to marriage before this company, pledged
your faith and declared your unity by each giving and receiving a ring,
and, as you are now joined together in mutual esteem and devotion, it
is my privilege as an ordained minister to pronounce that you are married,
and to offer you this Benediction of the Apaches: ``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 loneliness for you, 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.''
Congratulations, you may now kiss the bride!
Alternative: Congratulations, you may now kiss one
(Optional:) Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Mr. and Mrs. (or first
names of bride and groom)_______________________________.
Alternative Declarations of Marriage & Benedictions
Declaration: Because _________ and __________ have
exchanged these vows of love in our presence, we now recognize them
as husband and wife.
Benediction: Give to one another new experiences of
joy. Challenge one another so that you may grow. May the love you hold
for each other, now sealed in marriage, continue to mature with the
passing years. May you never take each other for granted, but always
experience the wonder of your union. Be slow to anger, quick to forgive,
leaving no tracks of resentment behind each day. May your love consist
not only in gazing into each other's eyes, but in looking outward in
the same direction. May your life together be a source of strength and
inspiration to yourselves, your families, your friends, and to all whose
lives you touch.
Declaration and Benediction From the Book of Common Worship:
For as much as _______________ and ______________ have consented together
to holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and before this
company, I pronounce that they are Husband and Wife, in the name of
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. What God has joined
together, let not man put asunder. Let us pray. May God the Father,
God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, bless, preserve and keep you; the
Lord mercifully with His favor look upon you, and fill you with all
spiritual benediction and grace; that you may so live together in this
life, that in the world to come you may have life everlasting. Amen.
May the Lord bless you and keep you. And may the Lord make His face
to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. May God give you His peace
in your going out and in your coming in, in your lying down and in your
rising up, in your labor and in your leisure, in your laughter and in
your tears, until that day when you come to stand before Jesus in that
day in which there is no sunset and no dawning. Amen.