Make their life together a sign of Christ’s love to this sinful and broken world, that unity may overcome estrangement, forgiveness heal guilt and joy conquer despair. People: Amen
Bestow on them, if it is your will, the gift and heritage of children and the grace to bring them up to know you, to love you and to serve you. (People: Amen)
Give them such fulfillment of their mutual affection that they may reach out in love and concern for others. People: Amen
Grant that all married persons who have witnessed these vows may find their lives strengthened and their loyalties confirmed. (People: Amen)
Grant that the bonds of our common humanity, by which all your children are united one to another and the living to the dead, may be so transformed by your grace, that your will may be done on earth as it is in heaven; where, O Father, with your Son and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign in perfect unity, now and for ever. (People: Amen)
Most gracious God, we give you thanks for your tender love in sending Jesus Christ to come among us, to be born of a human mother and to make the way of the cross to be the way of life. We thank you, also, for consecrating the union of man and woman in his name. By the power of your Holy Spirit, pour out the abundance of your blessing upon this man and this woman. Defend them from every enemy. Lead them into all peace. Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantel about their shoulders and a crown upon their foreheads. Bless them in their work and in their joys and in their sorrows; in their life and in their death. Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that table where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.” (People: Amen)
I now present Mr. and Mrs. ____________. You may kiss the bride.
The Civil Ceremony in the Judge's Office
A Longer Longer Civil Ceremony
A Basic Christian Ceremony
A Longer Christian Ceremony
A Wine Ceremony
The Seven Steps
An Interfaith Ceremony
A Super Short Ceremony
A WINE CEREMONY
Or perhaps you want something completely different from such a traditional ceremony.
Here is an offbeat rite fromFrance’s wine country, adapted by J.K. Schwehm who says that this was originally used to join two vineyard owners in marriage.
In this brief ceremony, red wine and white wine in two small carafes are placed next to an empty carafe with a wineglass on a small table near the couple. The center carafe, called the Marriage Carafe is sometimes a bit larger than the two outside “individual” carafes. If the individual carafes are carried in the Wedding Processional the Marriage Carafe or Wine Glass is already sitting on the table and only the two individual filled carafes are carried forth.
First, the Bride walks in carrying the white wine. The Groom carries the red wine. They or their attendants place their carafes on the stand where the empty carafe and glass are waiting. (A variation has both the Bride and Groom carrying in empty carafes which they place next to the large empty carafe. After the three carafes have been placed, the parents of the couple step forward with bottles of wine. The Groom’s parents pour red wine into one carafe, the Bride’s parents, white.)