Colorado Wedding Ministers

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Now and Forever

 

~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 are beautiful words by a 3rd century Hindu poet speak to all of us why we are here today.

 

Party 1 and Party 2, 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/civil union/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.

Party 1, I ask you now as you prepare to make your solemn vow before God/the Universe/these loved ones, is it your sincere desire to take Party 2 as your life’s partner?

Party 1:

It is

Party 2, I also ask you as you prepare to make your solemn vow before God/the Universe/these loved ones, is it your sincere desire to take Party 1 as your life’s partner?

Party 2:

It is

 

(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.

~Vows~

Party 1, please repeat after me:

I, Party 1, pledge to you, Party 2, 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.

 

Party 2, please repeat after me:

I, Party 2, pledge to you, Party 1, 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.   Round these rings are, like the sun, like the eye, like the arms that embrace.   Circle they are; for love that is given comes back ‘round again.   May, therefore, these symbols remind you that your love, like the sun, illuminates;  that your love, like the eye, must see clearly;  and that your love, like the arms which embrace,  is a grace upon this world.

 

Officiant to Party 1:

Party 1, please place this ring on Party 2’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.

 

 

 

Officiant to Party 2:

Party 2, please place this ring on Party 1’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.

Party 1 and Party 2, 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 Party 1 and Party 2 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 the Native tradition:

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!