Home Weddings Ceremonies Conversations with God - Wedding

Connect with us

Join Us!

No events found.

don Miguel Ruiz

 

Ceremony by Neale Donald Walsch

OPENING:
Minister: Tom and Katie have not come here today to make a solemn promise or
to exchange a sacred vow.
Tom and Katie have come here to make public their love for each other; to give
notice to their truth; to declare their choice to live and partner and grow together
– out loud and in Your presence, out of their desire that we will all come to feel a
very real and intimate part of their decision, and thus make it even more
powerful.

They’ve also come here today in the further hope that their ritual of bonding
will help bring us all closer together. If you are here today with a spouse or partner,
let this ceremony be a reminder – a re-dedication of your own loving bond.
We’ll begin by asking the question: Why get married? Tom and Katie have
answered this question for themselves, and they’ve told me their answer. Now I
want to ask them one more time, so they can be sure of their answer, certain of
their understanding, and firm in their commitment to the truth they share.

CEREMONY OF ROSES:
[Minister holds two red roses.]
This is the Ceremony of Roses, in which Tom and Katie share their
understandings, and commemorate that sharing.
Tom and Katie, you have told me it is your firm understanding that you are not
entering into this marriage for reasons of security – that the only real security is
not owning or possessing, nor in being owned or possessed – not with demands
or expectations – not even hoping – that what you think you need in life will be
supplied by the other, but rather, in knowing that that everything you need in life –
all the love, all the wisdom, all the insight, all the power, all the knowledge, all the
understanding, all the nurturing, all the compassion and all the truth resides
within you. …that you are not marrying each other in the hope of getting these
things, but in hopes ofgiving these gifts, that your partner might have them in
greater abundance.
Is that your firm understanding today?
[They respond “It is.”]
Minister: Tom and Katie, you have told me it is your firm understanding you are
not entering into this marriage as a means of in any way limiting, controlling,
hindering or restricting each other from any true expression and honest
celebration of that which is the highest and best within you – including your love
of God, your love of life, your love of people, your love of creativity, your love of
work orany aspect of Your being which genuinely represents you and brings you
joy. Is that still your resolute understanding today?
[They say: “It is.”]
Finally, Tom and Katie, you have said to me that you do not see marriage as
producing obligations, but rather as providing opportunities – opportunities for
growth, for full Self-expression, for lifting your lives to their highest potential, for
healing every false thought or small ideas you ever had about yourself, and for
ultimate reunion with God through the communion of your two souls – that this is
truly a Holy Communion – a journey through life with one you love as an equal
partner, sharing equally both the authority and the responsibilities inherent in any
partnership, bearing equally what burdens there may be, basking equally in the
glories.
Is that the vision you wish to enter into now?
I now give you these red roses, symbolizing your individual understanding of the
matters we have just spoken of; that you both know and agree how life will be
within the structure of marriage as you intend it. Give these roses now to each
other as a symbol of your sharing these agreements and understandings, with
love and tenderness.
Now, please take a white rose. [Minister gives each a rose.] It is a symbol of your
larger understandings, of your spiritual nature and your spiritual truth. They
represent the purity of your Real and Highest Self, and of the purity of God’s
Love, which shines upon you now, and always.


VOWS & EXCHANGE OF RINGS:
What symbols do you bring as a reminder of the promises given and received
today?
[Minister holds rings in her hand]
A circle is a symbol of the Sun, and the Earth, and the Universe. It is a symbol of
holiness, and of perfection and peace. It is also the symbol of the eternality of
spiritual truth, love and life – that which has no beginning and no end. And in this
moment, Tom and Katie choose for it to also be a symbol of unity, but not of
possession; of joining, but not of restricting; of encirclement, but not of
entrapment. For love cannot be possessed, nor can it be restricted. For your
souls are eternally free.
Now Tom and Katie, please take these rings you wish to give, one to the other.
[Couple takes each other’s rings.]
Tom, please repeat after me.
I, Tom, ask You ,Katie,
to be my partner, my lover, my friend, and my wife.
I announce and declare my intentions
to give you my deepest friendship and love,
Not only when you are feeling great,
But when you are down
Not only when you remember Who You Really Are,
But when you forget
Not only when you are acting with love
But when you are not.
I further announce,
Before God and those here present,
That I will seek always
To see the Light of Divinity within you
And seek always to share the Light of Divinity within me,
Even, and especially,
In whatever moments of darkness may come.

It is my intention to be with you forever,
In a Holy Partnership of the Soul,
That we may do together God’s work
Sharing all that is good within us
With all those whose lives we touch.
[Minister turns to Katie]
Katie, do you choose to grant Tom’s request that you be his wife?
Katie – “I do.”
Now, Katie, please repeat after me:
I, Katie, ask you, Tom,
to be my partner, my lover, my friend, and my husband.
I announce and declare my intentions
to give you my deepest friendship and love,
Not only when you are feeling great,
But when you are down
Not only when you remember Who You Really Are,
But when you forget
Not only when you are acting with love
But when you are not.
I further announce,
Before God and those here present,
That I will seek always
To see the Light of Divinity within you
And seek always to share the Light of Divinity within me,
Even, and especially,
In whatever moments of darkness may come.
It is my intention to be with you forever,
In a Holy Partnership of the Soul,
That we may do together God’s work
Sharing all that is good within us
With all those whose lives we touch.
[Minister turns to Tom]
Tom, do You choose to grant Katie’s request that you be her husband?
Tom – “I do.”
Please, now take hold of the rings you would give each other, and repeat after
me:
With this ring, I thee wed…I take now the ring you give to me [couple exchanges
rings] and place it upon my hand…[they place the rings on their hands] that all
may see and know… of my love for you.


CLOSING:
We recognize with full awareness that only a couple can administer the
sacrament of marriage to each other, and only a couple can sanctify it. Neither
my church, nor any power vested in me by the State, can grant me the authority
to declare what only two hearts can declare, and what only two souls can make
real.
And so now, inasmuch as you, Katie and You, Tom, have announce the truths
that are already written in your hearts, and have witnessed the same in the
presence of these, your friends, and the One Living Spirit – we observe joyfully
that you have declared yourselves to be …husband and wife.
Let us now join in prayer.
Spirit of Love and Life: out of this whole world, these two souls have found each
other. Their destinies shall now be woven into one design, and their challenges
and their joys shall be known together.
Tom and Katie, may your home be a place of happiness for all who enter it; a
place where the old and the young are renewed in each other’s company, a place
for growing and a place for sharing, a place for music and a place for laughter, a
place for prayer and a place for love.
May those who are nearest to you be constantly enriched by the beauty and the
bounty of your love for one another, may your works be the joys of your life that
serve the world, and may your days be good and long upon the Earth.
Amen, and amen.

 

Latest Blogs

Home Weddings Ceremonies Conversations with God - Wedding