Today, you are crossing a threshold, publicly claiming your new status as married. May this be the first of many celebratory moments in that marriage. And there will certainly be more challenges. Through it all, may you continue to treat each other with the same love and respect that has guided you to this moment and may your friendship grow ever stronger with the passing of the years….
Please join hands. Look carefully upon them because
These are the hands of your best friend…
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, together as you build your future.
These are the hands that will love you and cherish you through the years.
These are the hands that will hold you when you are fearful and comfort you when grief fills your mind.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe away your tears whether from sorrow, or from joy.
These are the hands that will cradle your children.
These are the hands that will help you to hold your family together as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
May we have the ring?
The ancient Egyptians originated the tradition of exchanging wedding rings. The first rings were woven from the grasses found along the banks of the River Nile, considered by the ancients to be the very source of all life.
The wedding ring is a symbol for eternity, an unbroken circle with no beginning and no end, encompassing infinite space. The circle has always had magical connotations. It is the strongest and most natural shape; it is the shape of the very earth itself. It is the shape of the sun that holds us in its warm and it is the path of the spinning universe. And so too, our lives move in unbroken circles of day and night, life and death and rebirth and the return of the seasons.
So Jordan, as you offer this wedding ring to Marisa, be reminded that it is a universal symbol of constancy, of wholeness and of homecoming.
Man to Woman:
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and devotion and my desire to move through the circle of life with you by my side and in my heart. May we always find shelter in each other and be stronger because of our union.
Woman to Man:
I will wear this ring in honor of my pledge to stand beside you in life, to love you unconditionally and to build a partnership that is rooted in a deep respect for our individuality and nurtured by our love for each other.
With this exchange of rings, you have sealed your promise of marriage to one another.
Let me honor your promise with a beautiful Native American ceremonial poem….
“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 will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.
May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.”
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