Colorado Wedding Ministers

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Now and Forever

Welcome

Hello and welcome!

Look to this day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence: The bliss of growth, The glory of action, The splendor of beauty; For yesterday is but a dream, And tomorrow is only a vision; But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.

These beautiful words spoken by a 3rd century Hindu poet tells us why we are here today.

 

Name and Name, your family and friends are here with you today to celebrate and affirm the love you share and to witness the commitment you have chosen to make to one another in this act of religious ritual. The marriage/holy union ceremony affirms your sacred bond with one another, a bond created by loving purpose and kept by abiding will. The essence of this bonding is the taking of the other in her entirety as lover, companion, and best friend. It is, therefore, a decision not to be made lightly, but reverently, thoughtfully, and in the knowledge that love is both an achievement of effort and dedication, and a precious gift of life. It is into this state that you come before us today to be joined.

 

(Optional)
Whenever a family gathers to celebrate an important milestone in the lives of loved ones, there are those who, for a variety of reasons, cannot be present. Today is no exception. There are those we would wish to be here who are not. We all know that they wish could be here today to share in joy of today. Let us take a moment to honor those who have traveled down the corridors of time without us.

Marriage is a commitment in life, where two people can find and bring out the very best in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal, a physical and emotional joining that has the promise of a lifetime. Seeing that no moment is without meaning, we ask that you take this marriage as a beginning of your lives together. Today signifies the creation of a new home and a new family for you both. May you be fulfilled by each other’s love and friendship. May you be overjoyed by the promises you are about to make and the life together you will create.
Remember that in every marriage, there are good times and bad, times of joy and times of sorrow. Marriage is a journey – a time of adventure and excitement enhanced by the love, trust, dedication and faith you share in one another.
May the promises you make to one another today, be lived out to the end of your lives. Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys, but today is the day it all begins.

Vows
In just a moment you will promise to each other in the  presence of these witnesses, to stay by each others sides, in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow.
As well as through the good times and the bad. You are about to promise to love each other without reservation, to comfort each other in times of distress.
Encourage each other to achieve all of your goals, laugh and cry together. Grow and grow old with each other in mind and spirit.
Always be open and honest and cherish each other for as long as you both shall live. There are no ties on earth so sweet, none so tender as those you are about to assume. There are no vows so solemn as those you are about to make. There is no institution of earth so sacred as that of the union you will form, for the true home is not only the place in which you will live, but is also the dwelling place where each lives in the heart and mind of the other. .

Name, will you take this person standing before you, whose hands you hold, choosing her/him alone to be your wedded wife/husband/partner? Will you live with her/him in the state of true matrimony? Will you love her/him, comfort her/him, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, honor her/him at all times, and be faithful to her/him?
Name
I will
Name, please repeat after me:
I pledge to you, Name, A life of giving and hoping, a life of growing and loving. I shall share with you, both my work and my play. I shall be with you, in your tears and in your laughter. Just as I will bring my own sorrows, and my own joys to you. I accept you as my companion and pledge to you honor, faith, and love.

Name, will you take this person standing before you, whose hands you hold, choosing her/him alone to be your wedded wife/husband/partner? Will you live with her/him in the state of true matrimony? Will you love her/him, comfort her/him, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, honor her/him at all times, and be faithful to her/him?
Name
I will
Name, please repeat after me:
I pledge to you, Name, A life of giving and hoping, a life of growing and loving. I shall share with you, both my work and my play. I shall be with you, in your tears and in your laughter. Just as I will bring my own sorrows, and my own joys to you. I accept you as my companion and pledge to you honor, faith, and love.

Rings

The ring is an ancient symbol, blessed and simple. The ring, a circle, is one of nature’s simplest forms. The arc of the rainbow, the halo of the moon and the smallest of raindrops simulate the circle. When a stone is cast upon a pond, it generates waves in ever expanding circles. Consider this marriage as being two stones striking the water simultaneously. The ensuing waves interlock, and the growth of the enlarging circles show the combined energies of the lives of you both. The interlocking of your two lives will be symbolized in the exchange of these rings.

 

Name, please place this ring on Name's finger and repeat after me:

Not as a bond, but as a pledge, I give you this ring. May it encircle your finger, as my love does your heart.

 

Name, please place this ring on Name's finger and repeat after me:

Not as a bond, but as a pledge, I give you this ring. May it encircle your finger, as my love does your heart.

Name and Name, you have vowed to be loyal and loving to each other, formalizing with this ceremony in our presence and that of God the bond that exists between you. Therefore, I declare that you are joined in marriage/civil union/holy union and with all present as your witnesses, rejoice in recognizing the love you share.

(Optional)
Let us pause a moment in prayer: Spirit of love and promise, we invoke your gentle blessings upon all true lovers, and especially upon Name and Name who have taken these vows of marriage/civil union/holy union. Grant them a clear sense of the solemnity of this hour, and of the responsibilities to each other which they now assume. May they have the grace and understanding to fulfill these pledges by their life's devotion. May the happiness which they have brought to this day never lose its freshness, but ripen into fuller flower and deepen until it mingles with the very roots of their being. May they grow ever closer from this day forward, in work and in play, in hope and in counsel, in laughter and in tears. May they, in all the changes and chances of life, be true helpers, each to the other. Hand in hand, and heart with heart, may they go forth on their journey in such confidence and trust and affection that no suffering or sorrow or loss can blight nor diminish the strength and joy of their sacred bond. So may it be.
Amen.

Blessing
Our benediction for this wonderful ceremony is a blessing from 
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.   Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.  Now there is no more loneliness.   Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. Go to your dwelling to enter the days of your life together.   And may your days be good, and long upon the earth.

So in accordance with the great and beautiful state of Colorado, it is with much great pleasure to announce this couple now married!