Catholic & Sacramental Marriages

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The Service of Holy Matrimony
for Meg Treon and Chris Coppersmith
Regal McCormick Ranch, Scottdale Arizona
April 18, 1998 at 5:00 PM

Prelude
Processional
First Candle Lightings Of Family Unity (mothers)

Opening Words and The Wedding Ceremony:
The Reverend Peter Edward Lanzillotta, Ph.D.

Welcome everyone. Today we come together in this beautiful setting to witness the precious union of two people in holy matrimony. It is through such a covenant that we can discover the very essence of the human capacity to love, to honor, and to respect another human being.
In marriage, two people turn to one another in search of a greater fulfillment than either can achieve alone. Marriage is a journey, and a transformation for a couple; it will require going from who they are now, to what they can become.
Marriage is one of the most important and a sacred commitment that two people can make during their lives. It is the ultimate intimacy between a man and a woman- a flexible and intimate bonding; a closeness that seeks to maintain the individuality of each partner. For in a marriage of trust and growth, both individuals will need to remain free to seek out their own special gifts and make their personal contributions to our world, and as a part of the connection that strengthens them, share these experiences with one another, supporting and extending each others best interests and efforts.
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Words Of Appreciation To The Parents:

Meg and Chris thank all of you for attending and for sharing in this celebration of their marriage today. They particularly want to acknowledge their parents and thank them for their unconditional love and support throughout the years; to express to them the deep gratitude for the values and principles that have been bestowed on them. Each of you have been instrumental in helping them to arrive here today as happy, healthy, and loving people, and they will always be grateful to you for giving them a foundation and for the good example you have provided for them in throughout their lives.

Words To The Couple:

Meg and Chris, together you will create your own special world of life and love. Today you will profess your love for each other before God, family and friends. I ask that you consider the following words carefully, and that you remember them each day of your lives:
Your responsibilities in marriage are to listen, to talk, and to grow …
To listen comes first, because what the other person has to say matters deeply; To talk, because in expressing yourself, you also share yourself, and offer who you are and how you feel towards one another; To grow, because growing together will help you to achieve your dreams and support your mutual goals as husband and wife.

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Scriptural Readings:
The Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, Chapter 13

Be ambitious for the higher gifts… And I am going to show you a way that is better than any of them… If I have the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing.
If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but am without love, than I am nothing at all.
Love is always patient and kind; it is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offense, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes.
Love does not come to an end.

The Gospel According to St. John Chapter 15

Jesus said to his disciples:
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.
Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in His love.
I have told you this, so that my own joy may be in you, and your joy be complete.
This is my commandment: Love one another, as I have loved you.” This is the Gospel of the Lord.

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Over the centuries and throughout many civilizations, it has been a mother’s special role to carry on their family’s identity and traditions.
As the keepers of their family’s flame, Mrs. Coppersmith and Mrs. Treon will now light the side candles representing the traditions, values and identity of each family….

The Statement of Intention:

Chris, before you exchange wedding vows with Me, and enter into the covenant of holy matrimony, I want to be assured that this act of tours is your free and willing choice. So, now, in front of God, family and friends, I ask you this question: Do you, Chris, choose to be married to Me, and is this an act of your own free will?
IT IS.”

Me, before you exchange wedding vows with Chris, and enter into the covenant of holy matrimony, I want to be assured that this act is you free and willing choice. So, now, in front of God, family and friends, I ask you this question: Do you, Me, choose to be married to Chris, and is this an act of your own free will?
“IT IS.”

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The Wedding Vows:
(Please turn and face one another and hold hands…)

“I, Chris, take you Me, as my wife; to love and respect, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, through the good times and bad times. I promise you my complete devotion, to share my life and my dreams openly, and to speak the truth to you always.”
Do you Chris, pledge these vows before God, family and friends, and do you willingly recognize Meg as your wife?

“I DO”

“I, Me, take you Chris, as my husband; to love and respect, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, through the good times and bad times. I promise you my complete devotion, to share my life and my dreams openly, and to speak the truth to you always.”
Do you Me, pledge these vows before God, family and friends, and do you willingly recognize Chris as your husband?
“I DO”

The Exchange of Rings/ Pastoral Blessing:

Q: What do you offer as a symbol of your love and commitment? “THESE RINGS.” (Clergy receives both rings from best man…)

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The circle is the symbol of the Sun, the Earth, and the universe. It is the image of wholeness, perfection, and peace.
May these rings serve as a reminder of your unbroken and complete circle of love, for love freely given has no beginning and has no end. May these wedding rings also remind you always of the vows you have taken here today.

Chris, please take Meg’s left hand and repeat after me…

“I give you this ring as a symbol of my never ending love for you. Please accept this ring along with my commitment to always be at your side, and to share with you my thoughts, my love, and my life.
Chris slides the ring half way up Meg’s finger…

Me, please repeat these words after me…

“I accept this ring, and I will wear it proudly for all the days of my life. it will serve as a constant reminder of the life we have entered into today, and the future we will share together, from this day forward.”

Me, please take Chris’s left hand and repeat after me…

“I give you this ring as a symbol of my never ending love for you. Please accept this ring along with my commitment to always be at your side, and to share with you my thoughts, my love, and my life.”
Meg slides the ring half way up Chris’s finger…

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Chris, please repeat these words after me…

“I accept this ring, and I will wear it proudly for all the days of my life. it will serve as a constant reminder of the life we have entered into today, and the future we will share together, from this day forward.”

Blessing over the two hands and rings: Lord, bless and consecrate this couple and their love …
“In Nomine Patri, Fili, and the Spirtus Sancti” ;

The Unity Candle Of Marriage:

Over the centuries, light has always represented life, spirit, and hope. and throughout many civilizations, it has been a mother’s special role to carry on their family’s identity and traditions.
Previously, as the keepers of their family’s flame, Camille Coppersmith and Maryellen Treon will now light the side candles representing the traditions, values and identity of each family….
These candles symbolize the light that can be shared by two people who are in love. In lighting this Unity candle, Meg and Chris express the fusion of their two lives as one and the connection of their two hearts and souls into a united future. (Music)

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Pronouncement:
Meg and Chris have chosen to be married here today in God’s natural surroundings. As we breathe in this moment of happiness, and the awe of the beauty that attends it, may we join together in a silent prayer for their marriage- that it will bring to them a lasting peace, harmony, and heartfelt contentment.
Meg and Chris, you have chosen one another and promised your love and devotion by the exchange of rings. Now, in the recognition of your shared desire to unite your lives together in the witness of God, family, and friends, I happily pronounce that you are husband and wife…
Chris, you may kiss your bride…
Closing Words:

By a mutual commitment to love each other, to work toward creating an atmosphere of caring, consideration and respect; by your willingness to face together all the tensions and anxieties that underlie human life, you can make your wedded life come alive. May this be the beginning of a relationship that will mature and strengthen with each passing year.
The wedding is not over, it has just begun…(Butterflies to be released…
Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce for the very first time, Mr. and Mrs. Coppersmith…
Congratulations, go in peace….

An Inclusive Table Grace

Good and gracious God, the one reality , known by many names, yet present to us all,
We have gathered here and we pause to offer thanks for the start of another loving family in the marriage of Chris and Meg.
We, their family and friends have gathered her to celebrate, to remember, and to acknowledge the gifts of life and love that span and connect the generations.
We ask that Your graces be with this couple as they begin their lives in a special relationship to you, for you are the with them, and your covenant with them is their strength and their guide.
May the prayers and intentions of this marriage remain noble and blessed, and may it serve as a lasting inspiration for all of us. AMEN

The Wedding Service
for
Paulita Gundersen and Patrick Maradei
The Wrigley Mansion Phoenix, Arizona
December 28, 1997 10:30 AM

Opening Words, Welcome, and The Ceremony:
The Reverend Peter Edward Lanzillotta, Ph.D.

This morning, we have gathered here to share in one of the most memorable occasions that any two people can have, their wedding service. For Paulita and Patrick, this time shared with family and friends and before God, is a turning point: it marks both an ending and a new beginning.
In marriage , two people turn to one another in search of a greater fulfillment than either can achieve alone. Marriage is a constant commitment of one’s whole self;
a commitment of body, mind, and spirit, of loyalty and love. It is from such dedication, that a lasting devotion allows their love to unfold and strengthen, blossoming more beautifully through each year of their days together. May Paulita and Patrick have the faith in one another and the confidence in themselves to nurture the new life that they have chosen- as husband and wife.
Today, Paulita and Patrick have stopped thinking of themselves as only individuals, and instead, have started to think of themselves as part of something greater. But this day is not simply about them, or just for them. Each of you, their cherished family and friends, are a vital part of their love and concern. Patrick and Paulita acknowledge and salute each and everyone of you who are here for all that you have given of yourselves over the years. They are deeply honored that you are here, and that you care in the way that you do. Thank You.

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Words To The Couple: A Marriage Homily
This ceremony alone will not unite you in marriage. Only you can do that by sustaining a mutual commitment to love each other and to work toward creating an atmosphere of consideration and respect. This ceremony is the public declaration of the deep bond of love and commitment that exists within your hearts.
A good marriage is built on such a relationship of love. For to love someone is essentially this: to hold one another’s best interests first and foremost in your hearts. It is to live life together, feeling each other’s sorrows and joys as if they were your own. When two people truly love one another, each wishes that the other can become everything that he or she desires to be.
Marriage is a sharing of your lives. As a result of that sharing, a true intimacy is created, and yours becomes one life-together. Within the strength of this togetherness, there is a freedom to maintain your individuality. Only by being true to yourselves, and expressing your individuality can each of you give of yourselves fully to the one whom you love.
We live in times that are beset with difficult problems, and because of this reality, you will need to act as an active support for one another; but remember, that marriage cannot be used as an escape from the world or its responsibilities, but it acts as a source of mutual strength for greater service to our world. Together, in marriage, you shall contribute to our world more fully. In turn, the lessons of love and life, wisdom and caring will bless and enrich you beyond what you thought was possible if you lived alone.

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Patrick and Paulita, I believe that it is no accident that your two souls have been drawn together for this sacred journey through life. Your souls will move toward the loving opportunity that marriage alone can become.
Marriage has within it, a special grace that can only be found in the company of a loved one, and it is sustained each day thereafter by a joint extension of your minds, the ripening of your souls, and the deepening of your heart’s affections. Paulita and Patrick, marriage is a companionship of respect, of a deep and abiding trust, and of a growing spirituality that will be asked of you from this day forward. May this companionship always serve to uplift and bless you.
To summarize the goals and intention of a true marriage, listen to these recommendations:
A good marriage must be created, for in marriage, the little things ARE the big things…
It means that you are never too old to hold hands
It is remembering to say ” I Love You” at least 1X a day
It is never going to sleep angry with one another. It is the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is a sharing of mutual values and holding of common objectives.
It is standing together to face the world. It is forming a circle of love that welcomes and gathers in the whole family and your true friends.
It is speaking words of appreciation and to express or demonstrate gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is giving one another an atmosphere where each other can change and grow.
It is the common search for the good and the beautiful in life and in one another.

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Words for Each Other- The Marriage Vows

I love Patrick’s sense of humor which never ceases to bring me
laughter and joy. His kind understanding and comfort for my most
difficult times , and most of all, the way he makes me feel loved at
all times. The pleasure of my life is in being with him.

I fell in love with Paulita the moment I saw her. Our years together
have been the greatest of my life. Her kindness and the love and
support she gives me is why I’m a very lucky and happy man.
The pleasure of my life is in being with her.

Exchange of Rings/Blessing ( minister receives rings…)

A circle is the symbol of the sun, the earth and the universe; of wholeness, perfection and peace. May these rings be forever the symbol of the unbroken circle of your love.
Love freely given has no beginning and has no end. Love freely given has no giver and has no receiver, for each is the giver, and each is the receiver. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have taken here today.

“With this ring, I thee wed”

“With This ring I thee wed”

Patrick and Paulita, because you have chosen each other, and have promised each other your love and devotion, and have symbolized the same by the exchanging of rings, I now take you hands, bless you, and acknowledge to the world, that you are now husband and wife.

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Now you will feel no rain
for each of you shall be a shelter to the other

Now you will feel no cold
For each shall be warmth to the other

Now there is no loneliness
For each shall be companion for the other

Now you are two bodies
But there is only one life for you

Go now to your dwelling place
to enter into your days of togetherness

And may your days be good, and long upon the earth.

Pastoral Prayer/Closing Words:

Let us pray… Heavenly Father, send your blessings upon Patrick and Paulita, and bless the life that they will build. Keep them close, in mind and in heart. May their days together bring them all of life’s joys. May they grow together, helping each other to become all that each can be. May their marriage promote both security and serenity. And may the spirit of Your life, truth, and love be always theirs.
Holy One, look graciously upon them; strengthen them sufficently so that they might keep their vows and the covenant between them. May they love, honor, and cherish each other always. May the home they build be a haven of patience, a shelter of faithfulness, through Christ Jesus, our Lord. AMEN

Family and friends… I now gladly present to you,
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick C. Maradei…. Congratulations!
YMKTB! Go in Peace….

The Marriage Ceremony for
Ellery Walde and Gerald Schauer
April 25th, 2008
The Unitarian Church in Charleston
The Rev. Fr. Peter Edward Lanzillotta, Ph.D.

Prelude:

Processional

Parental Statement: Q: Who gives this woman to be married to this man? “Her Mother and I do”

Invocation:
+ In The Name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit… Amen

Opening Words:
Blessings and Greetings… We are gathering here today to witness the marriage of Ellery and Gerry; we are here to celebrate their love, and to remember and affirm that this love can live within us all.
In marriage, two people turn to each other in search of a greater fulfillment than either person could achieve alone. Marriage is a going forth; it is a bold step into a united future; marriage is risking who you are for what we can become.
Only by such giving can the mysterious process of personal growth ever take place. Only in loyalty and with a devotion that is freely bestowed on one another can that which is holy and eternal in all of life, emerge, become known, and then shared.
Two people, two who have previously stood apart, now come before us choosing to have one life together. Now, in your presence, and before God, they will declare their love. In this ceremony, we shall celebrate the love that has blossomed for Ellery and Gerry. We, too, can rejoice in that love, for it touches each of us who are here today.
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Acknowledgement: their parents, and those who have gone on before Ellery and Gerry are thrilled to have you all here today witnessing this special event in their lives. They would like to offer a special expression of gratitude to their parents and for the love and gjuidance they have shown them throughout their lives. Additionally, they would also like to lovingly acknowledge those friends and family who have gone before us but who remain in our hearts, and in faith, are here in spirit:
Donald John Schauer Sr., Dr. Peter Hastings, Dr. Jack M. Weiss, Colonel and Mrs. Robert Washburn, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Lightfoot, Mr. Tello Vasquez

Scriptural Readings: Apocrapha Tobit 7 Ashley M. Walde
Your marriage to her has been decided in heaven!
Take your kinswoman; from now on you are her love, and she is your beloved. She is yours today and ever after. And tonight, son, may the Lord of heaven prosper you both. May he grant you mercy and peace.”
“Take her according to the Law; According to the decree written in the Book of Moses, that she is your wife. Take her and bring her back safely to your father. And may the God of heaven grant both of you peace and prosperity.”

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Epistle: Colossians Chapter 3 Quincy L. Walde
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Gospel: Matthew 5
When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

Prayer or Meditation Music – Gift of Love

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Statement of Intention(flowers… Please face one another, and hold hands…)
To Gerry: Will you promise to love and cherish this woman, now and forever; to give your solemn pledge to stay by her side in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, through good times and bad.
Will you promise to love her without reservation, to honor and respect her, to provide for her needs as best you can, to protect her from harm, and to comfort her in times of distress. Will you commit with her to a lifetime of continued love, respect, trust and friendship? “I Will”

To Ellery: Will you promise to love and cherish this man, now and forever; to give your solemn pledge to stay by his side in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, through good times and bad.
Will you promise to love him without reservation, to honor and respect him, to provide for his needs as best you can, to protect him from harm, and to comfort him in times of distress. Will you commit with him to a lifetime of continued love, respect, trust and friendship? “I Will”

Marriage Vows

“I, Ellery, take you Gerry to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish, til death do us part.”

“I, Gerry, take you Ellery to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish, til death do us part.”
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Blessing and Exchanging of Rings:

These rings are an outward symbol of the inner bond you now share. May they forever serve as a unending sign of your love, faith and committment.
May the blessing of marriage give you an abiding sense of security and serenity, placing the good of the relationship above the individual, for in God’s eyes, you are now of one life, one destiny,
to celebrate, affirm, and share… +

Bride and Groom exchange rings repeating this phrase:
“With this ring, I thee wed, and pledge my faithful love.”

Pronouncement:
In as much as Ellery and gerry have come before us today, and professed their love and caring, loyaty and devotion to one another in the sight of friends, family and God, I now convey upon them the priviledges of marriage. Be the priviledge entrusted to me by the Holy Spirit, and by the State of Southj Carolina, I not pronounce that you are husband and wife…
YMKB… Congraulations… Go in peace…
Recessional Sonata in D

Scriptural Readings: Apocrapha Tobit 7 Ashley M. Walde
Your marriage to her has been decided in heaven!
Take your kinswoman; from now on, you are her love, and she is your beloved. She is yours today and ever after.
And tonight, son, may the Lord of heaven prosper you both! May he grant you mercy and peace.”
“Take her according to the Law; According to the decree written in the Book of Moses, that she is your wife. Take her, and bring her back safely to your father. And may the God of heaven grant both of you peace and prosperity.”

Epistle: Colossians Chapter 3 Quincy L. Walde
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience… Bearing with one another and forgiving one another… If one has a grievance against another, as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also forgive.
And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. Let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called, in one body.
And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, and as in all wisdom, teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

The Wedding Service
For
Meggan Slack and Christopher Lynch
September 12, 2004 1:00 PM
Pequot Chapel, New London, CT

Prelude
Processional
First Candle Lighting of Family Unity (All Parents)

Opening Words and The Wedding Ceremony:
The Reverend Peter Edward Lanzillotta, Ph.D.

Words of Appreciation and Affirmation:

Meggan and Christopher wanted me to thank all of you for coming here today, to share in their celebration. The history you bring for this couple, as their friends and family members, defines much of who they are as individuals, and what they can become as a couple. Each of you has unselfishly given of yourselves. You have helped them arrive here today as happy, healthy and loving people; people willing and ready to share their lives together. They are grateful for the values that have been bestowed and the examples that have been given to them from those who have loved and nurtured them all along life’s way.
Let us, in the midst of hope for this couple’s future, also lovingly acknowledge the memory of those who could not be present, but whose spirit and effects remain with us. Their lives and the values they have instilled will always be cherished. Meggan and Christopher believe and know that they would be pleased and are watching over all of us today.

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Words To the Couple:

Selected Readings:
The Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, Chapter 13
(Read by Meggan’s Brothers Jeffrey and Gregory Slack)

Be ambitious for the higher gifts… And I am going to show you a way that is better than any of them… If I have the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. If I have the gift of prophesy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but am without love, than I am nothing at all.
Love is always patient and kind; it is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offense, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes.
Love does not come to an end.

Poem (Read by Meggan’s Sister-in-laws Elizabeth Brizzolara & Holly Slack)

The Gospel According to St. John, Chapter 15 (Read by Fr. Peter)

Jesus said to his disciples:
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in His love.
I have told you this, so that my own joy may be in you, and your joy be complete.
This is my commandment: Love one another, as I have loved you.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

The Statement of Intention:
Christopher, before you exchange wedding vows with Meggan, and enter into the covenant of holy matrimony, I want to be assured that this act of your is your free and willing choice. So, now, in front of God, family and friends, I ask you this question: Do you, Christopher, choose to be married to Meggan, and is this an act of your own free will?
“It is.”

Meggan, before you exchange wedding vows with Christopher, and enter into the covenant of holy matrimony, I want to be assured that this act of your is your free and willing choice. So, now, in front of God, family and friends, I ask you this question: Do you, Meggan, choose to be married to Christopher, and is this an act of your own free will?
“It is.”

(Please turn and face on another and hold hands…)

“I Christopher, take you Meggan, as my wife; to love and respect, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, through the good times and bad times. I promise you my complete devotion, to share my life and my dreams openly, and to speak the truth to you always.”
Do you Christopher, pledge these vows before God, family and friends, and do you willingly recognize Meggan as your Wife?
“I DO”

“I Meggan, take you Christopher, as my husband; to love and respect, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, through the good times and bad times. I promise you my complete devotion, to share my life and my dreams openly, and to speak the truth to you always.”
Do you Meggan, pledge these vows before God, family and friends, and do you willingly recognize Christopher as your Husband?
“I DO”

The Exchange of Rings/Pastoral Blessing:
Q: What do you offer as a symbol of your love and commitment?
“These Rings” (Fr. Peter Receives both rings from best man…)

The circle is the symbol of the Sun, the Earth, and the universe. It is the image of wholeness, perfection, and peace. May these rings serve as a reminder of your unbroken and complete circle of love, for love freely given has no beginning and has no end. May these wedding rings also remind you always of the vows you have taken here today.

Christopher, please take Meggan’s left hand and repeat after me…
“I give you this ring as a symbol of my never ending love for you. Please accept this ring along with my commitment to always be at your side, and to share with you’re my thoughts, my love, and my life”
Christopher slides the ring half way up Meggan’s finger…

Meggan, please repeat these words after me…
“I accept this ring, and I will wear it proudly for all the days of my life. It will serve as a constant reminder of the life we have entered into today, and the future we will share together, from this day forward.”

Meggan, please take Christopher’s left hand and repeat after me…

“I give you this ring as a symbol of my never ending love for you. Please accept this ring along with my commitment to always be at your side, and to share with you’re my thoughts, my love, and my life”
Meggan slides the ring half way up Christopher’s finger…

Christopher, please repeat these words after me…

“I accept this ring, and I will wear it proudly for all the days of my life. It will serve as a constant reminder of the life we have entered into today, and the future we will share together, from this day forward.”

Blessing over the two hands and rings:
Lord, bless and consecrate this couple and their love…
“In Nomine Patri, Filli, and the Spirtus Sancti”

The Lighting of the Unity Candle:
Earlier in the service, the parents of Christopher and Meggan lit candles that signify the tradition, heritage, and generations of the family that are being united at this wedding ceremony. Each marriage represents a blending and unifying of families, and the light of these two candles represents the gifts and graces that these two families can now give and share with each other, and offer to the new generation to come. Now Meggan and Christopher will light the candle of unity in marriage. This act symbolizes the spirit and the future of a new family that they begin here tonight.
As a unity candle, it represents the strength that each has received from their own families and the promise of light and love and compassion and caring they now bring and share with one another.

Pronouncement:

Meggan and Christopher have chosen to be married here today. As we breathe in this moment of happiness, and the awe of the beauty that attends it, may we join together in a silent prayer for their marriage – that it will bring to them a lasting peace, harmony and heartfelt contentment.
Meggan and Christopher, you have chosen one another and promised your love and devotion by the exchange of rings. Now, in the recognition of your shared desire to unite your lives together in the witness of God, family, and friends, I happily pronounce that you are husband and wife…
Christopher, you may kiss your bride…

Closing Words:

By a mutual commitment to love each other, to work toward creating an atmosphere of caring, consideration and respect; by your willingness to face together all the tensions and anxieties that underlie human life, you can make your wedded life come alive. May this be the beginning of a relationship that will mature and strengthen with each passing year.
The wedding is not over, it has just begun…
Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce for the very first time, Mr. and Mrs. Lynch…
Congratulations, go in peace…

The Service of Holy Matrimony for
Katherine Frances Dean and Christopher Wayne Dusse’
The Westchase Golf Club
October 28, 2000 3:00 PM
Prelude:
Processional: Watermark – ENYA Canon in ‘D’ — Pachelbel

Opening Words and the Ceremony:
The Reverend Father Peter Edward Lanzillotta, OSB, Ph.D.
+ (In the Name of…) Welcome, to all the friends of the Spirit, the holy and universal presence that in us and with us and that blesses each of us who are gathered here this afternoon….…
Today, Katherine and Christopher come before their families and friends to acknowledge and publicly declare the beginning of their lives together. Through marriage, this very special and precious union, Katherine and Christopher will commit to sharing the triumphs and challenges they will face together for the rest of their lives.
They wish to thank all of you for coming here today – the history all of you bring together for them, as friends and members of their families, defines much of who they are as individuals, and what they can and will become as a couple. You have helped them to arrive here today as happy, healthy, and loving people; two individuals who are willing and ready to share their lives together. For that love and encouragement all along life’s way, they say “thank you” with all their hearts.

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Thanks to Parents
A parent’s love is like no other… It represents years of unselfish caring, guidance, discipline and maybe more than anything else, giving them a lasting example of what it means to be a loving couple. Because of this example, they have set for both Katherine and Christopher, they would like to offer them a special token of their love and gratitude….
Selected Reading #1 : “The Greatest Thing”
The Epistle to the Corinthians I:13
“Love is patient. Love is kind, and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited or rude, never selfish, nor quick to take offense. Love keeps no score of wrongs – does not gloat of other’s sins, but delights only in the truth. There is nothing that love cannot face: There is no limit to its faith, hope or endurance.
In a word, there are three things that will last forever: faith, hope and love; but the greatest of these is love.”

Selected Reading #2: Make Not a Bond of Love- Kahlil Gibran
The Christian and mystical poet, Kahlil Gibran used these words to describe the essence of marriage and relationships when he said:
“Love one another, but make not a bond of love; rather let it be like a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Give your hearts, but not into one another’s keeping, for only the land of the living can hold your hearts. Laugh, Sing, and Dance together, but also let each other be alone, just as the strings of a violin or a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

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Be together, but not too close together, for the pillars of a temple stand apart so that they can hold up, and the oak and the cypress do not grow in each other’s shadows.

“Remain in My Love”
+ Reading From the Gospel according to St. John 15: 9-12
Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father has loved me so I have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Words to the Couple:
Matrimony symbolizes the ultimate intimacy between a man and a woman. Yet the closeness from this union should not diminish, but strengthen the individuality of each partner. For it is our uniqueness and our individual identity that transcends our short existence here and therefore must be preserved.
The commitment of marriage sometimes demands going beyond the boundaries of the self alone; it means giving up one’s personal desires for the needs of the other or for the good of the relationship. Yet there is the necessity of always maintaining a delicate but resilient balance, so that neither partner feels overpowered or absorbed by the other. Out of respect or both the value of their union and the value of their separateness, a mature and healthy love is born and will always thrive.

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The Wedding Vows/Statement of Intention:
Katherine and Christopher, please turn, face one another and hold hands. Recognize that the hand offered by each of you is an extension of yourself, which now links your mutual love.
Cherish its touch, for you have touched each other’s hearts and lives. Be sensitive to its pulse, as it is your hearts beating together.

Q: Katherine and Christopher will you take one another as husband and wife? Will you love, cherish and respect one another? Will you trust one another always? Will you stand by one another and face whatever may come with strength, patience and love?
“We Will.”
Please now repeat these words after me:

Katherine — “From this day forward, I, Katherine, take you, Christopher Wayne, to be my lawfully wedded husband; to have and to hold, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.”

Christopher — “From this day forward, I, Christopher, take you, Katherine Frances, to be my lawfully wedded wife; to have and to hold, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.”

What do you offer as a sign of your love and fidelity?
“These Rings”

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The ring is a symbol for unity, wholeness, perfection and peace. May these rings be forever the symbol of the unbroken circle of your love.
Love freely given has no beginning and has no end. Love freely given has no giver and no receiver, for each is the giver and receiver.
May these rings remind you always of the gifts of love and the vows you have exchanged here today.
We ask that a special blessing be placed upon these rings so that this couple will be ever conscious of the love they are capable of holding and nurturing in each other.
Priest blesses the rings with holy oil ….

Bride and Groom alternate saying…
“With This Ring, I Thee Wed”

Blessing and Presentation of the rings….. +

Pastoral Charge to the Couple:
The excitement of the future lies in the mystery it holds, and its beauty is in having someone with whom to explore and discover it. When you look into each other’s eyes, may you not only see the love you have for one another, but all your hopes and dreams of tomorrow, and may you find something to treasure in every moment you are together.
Only you two can truly marry yourselves. And you can achieve this by your mutual commitment to love each other and to work toward creating an atmosphere of caring, consideration and respect – and by your willingness to face the tensions and anxieties that underlie human life…
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Katherine and Christopher, one of the greatest blessings you can give to one another is the willingness to support each other’s growth – growth in values, character, and in services to one another and to our world. A vital part of this commitment is the willingness to forgive and to accept that each of you is an unfinished, growing person whose love grows as their ego and fears diminish.
Pronouncement:
May Katherine and Christopher, now married, keep this covenant with God and with one another which they have made. May they be a blessing and a comfort to each other; share each other’s joys, counsel each other through times of sorrow, and help each other in all aspects of their lives. May they encourage each other in whatever they set out to achieve. Yet may they not only accept and give affection between themselves, but together have affection and consideration for others.
In recognition of your desire to unite your hearts and lives in mutual love and affection, and by the power and authority that is vested in me, I gladly pronounce that you are now husband and wife.

Congratulations! You may kiss the bride.

Ladies and Gentleman, it is my privilege to introduce for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Wayne Dusse’.

Benediction: Go in Peace…

Recessional….

Lorson – Ramos Wedding Ceremony
Saybrook Point Inn
Saybrook, Connecticut
Sunday, September 21, 2003

Musical Prelude: The Sanders Trio Musical ensemble
Processional: Sanders Trio
Opening Words by Fr. Peter
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here together in the sight of God, and of these much-loved family members and friends, to join together Eduardo and Jennifer in holy matrimony, and to celebrate with them their union. To marry the person you have your heart set upon is a joy unparalleled in human life. These two are truly blessed.
As his servant, I am merely His representative in this ceremony. God is the true Priest who will unite you as husband and wife. And as your true Priest, He will be with you as you greet the joys and challenges that each day of your new life together will bring. So, I encourage you to take full advantage of His loving and guiding presence.

Giving Away of the Bride
Fr. Peter: Who gives Jennifer to be united with Eduardo?

Dad: Her mother and I (places Jenny’s hand in Fr. Peter’s).

Fr. Peter: Mr. and Mrs. Lorson, Mrs. Ramos, are you willing now and always to support and strengthen this marriage by upholding Jennifer and Eduardo with your support and concern?
Mom and Dad and Mrs. Ramos: We do.

Fr. Peter: Please be seated.

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Opening Prayer by Fr. Peter
Lord, we come to you as your children, as one, and ask that your Holy Spirit be felt by all those present today. We worship You, Lord, and ask that You bless this service. This we all pray in the name of the Father, of the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings:
Reading 1: A reading from the Apostle Paul, the first Letter to the Corinthians
(1 Corinthians 13:4-10)
Reader TBD
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophesies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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Reading 2 “You Were Born Together” by Kahlil Gibran
Reader TBD
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness. And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. …

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Love one another but make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one
another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, even as
the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the land of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together, for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

Reading 3 “Con Ella” by Pablo Neruda
Reader: Ricardo Ramos Tremolada
Como es duro este tiempo, espérame: vamos a vivirlo con ganas.
Dame tu pequeñita mano: vamos a subir y sufrir, vamos a sentir y saltar.
Somos de nuevo la pareja que vivió en lugares hirsutos, en nidos ásperos de roca.
Como es largo este tiempo, espérame con una cesta, con tu pala, con tus zapatos y tu ropa. Ahora no necisitamos no sólo para los claveles, no sólo para buscar miel:
necisitamos nuestras manos para lavar y hacer el fuego, y que se atreva el tiempo duro
a desafiar el infinito de cuatro manos y cuatro ojos.

Reading 4 “With Her” by Pablo Neruda
Reader: Cristiaan Lorson

This time is difficult. Wait for me. We will live it out vividly. Give me your small hand:
we will rise and suffer, we will feel, we will rejoice. We are once more the pair who lived in bristling places, in harsh nests in the rock.
This time is difficult. Wait for me with a basket, with a shovel, with your shoes and your clothes.
Now we need each other, not only for the carnations’ sake, not only to look for honey-
we need our hands to wash with, to make fire. So let our difficult time stand up to infinity with four hands and four eyes.
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Gospel Reading: Fr. Peter + This is a reading from The Gospel According to St. John (15:12 –16)
This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Fr. Peter: This is the word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

Statement of Intent:
Fr. Peter: Jennifer, is your true desire and intent to be united each to the other, at this time and in this company, as partners in life and love? As Eduardo’s wife, will you cherish, encourage, and support him in whatever life may bring you? If so answer, “I will.”
Jenny: I will.

Fr. Peter: Eduardo, is your true desire and intent to be united each to the other, in this time and in this company, as partners in life and love? As Jennifer’s husband, will you cherish, encourage, and support her in whatever life may bring you? If so answer, “I will.”

Eduardo: I will.

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Wedding Vows
Fr. Peter: Let us pray for this man and this woman as they make their marriage vows.

Father, as Eduardo and Jennifer have chosen each other, help them and bless them, that their love may be pure, and their vows may be true. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Vow Exchanges
Jenny: I come here today, Eduardo, to join my life to yours before this gathering. In their presence, I pledge to be true and faithful to you, to respect you, and to grow with you through the years. Time may pass, fortune may smile, trials may test us; whatever we encounter together, I vow here that this love will be my only love, and that you will be my one true companion for life. I will make my home in your heart from this day forward.

Eduardo: Today, Jenny, I join my life to yours not only as your husband,
but also as your confidant and your best friend. I pledge to you my love, respect, and fidelity. Let me be the shoulder you lean on, the rock on which you rest, the one true companion of your life. With you I will walk my path from this day forward.

Ring Blessing
Fr. Peter: (Fr. Peter gets the bride’s ring from the best man)

The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. It is a seal of the vows Eduardo and Jennifer have made to one another. Lord, please bless these rings, that Jennifer and Eduardo, who give them, and who wear them, may ever abide in thy peace, and may live together in unity, love and happiness for the rest of their lives.

Ring Exchanges
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Eduardo: With this ring, I thee wed.
Jenny: With this ring, I thee wed.
Fr. Peter: Let us pray.
Father, we pray for all married people, that they may continue to give, be able to forgive, and experience more of the joy of the Lord with each passing day. And especially for Eduardo and Jennifer, now beginning their married life together, that they may have divine assistance, the constant support of family and friends, and a long life with good health. May your fullest blessing come upon Jennifer and her husband Eduardo, from this day forward, for ever and ever, Amen.

May Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, always be at the center of the new lives you will now build together, that you may know the ways of true love and kindness. May the Lord bless you both all the days of your lives and fill you with His joy. Amen.
(Fr. Peter joins their right hands together)
Those, whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder. In so much as Eduardo and Jennifer have consented together in holy matrimony, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, having given and pledged each to the other, and having exchanged rings, I now pronounce them husband and wife.

Now seal the promises that you have made to each other with a kiss.
Ladies and gentleman, I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Ramos Tremolada.

Now let us pray as Jesus taught us:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us, And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Closing Words / Benediction
We thank you, Lord, for this beautiful day, and ask that your blessings be bestowed upon this couple from this day forth, as they begin their new life together. Amen. +

The Service of Holy Matrimony
For
Jennifer Williams and Christopher Cadoret
March 17, 2001
Satellite Beach, Florida

Prelude
Processional

Opening Words and the Wedding Ceremony:

Welcome Everyone. Today we come together in this beautiful setting to witness the union of two people in holy matrimony. It is through such a covenant that we can discover the very essence of the human capacity to love, to honor, and to respect another human being.

In marriage, two people turn to one another in search of greater fulfillment than either can achieve alone. Marriage is a journey, and a transformation for a couple; it will require going from who they are now, to what they can become.

Words of Appreciation to the Parents:

Christopher and Jennifer thank all of you for attending and for sharing in this celebration of their marriage today. They particularly want to acknowledge their parents and thank them for their unconditional love and support throughout the years; to express to them the deep gratitude for the values and principles that have been bestowed on them. Each of you have been instrumental in helping them arrive here today as happy, healthy and loving people, and they will always be grateful to you for giving them a foundation and for the good example you have provided for them throughout their lives.

Words to the Couple:

Christopher and Jennifer, together you will create your own special world of life and love. Today you will profess your love for each other before God, family and friends. I ask that you consider the following words carefully, and that you remember them each day of your lives:
Your responsibilities in marriage are to listen, to talk and to grow…
To listen comes first, because what the other person has to say matters deeply; To talk, because in expressing yourself, you also share yourself, and offer who you are and how you feel towards one another; To grow, because growing together will help you to achieve your dreams and support mutual goals as husband and wife.

Scriptural Readings:

read by Carrie Barczewski

Gospel reading: John 17

The Statement of Intention:

Christopher, before you exchange vows with Jennifer, and enter into the covenant of holy matrimony, I want to be assured that this act is your free and willing choice. So, now, in front of God, family, and friends, I ask you this question: Do you, Christopher, choose to be married to Jennifer, and is this an act of your own free will?

IT IS

Jennifer, before you exchange vows with Christopher, and enter into the covenant of holy matrimony, I want to be assured that this act is your free and willing choice. So, now, in front of God, family, and friends, I ask you this question: Do you, Jennifer, choose to be married to Christopher, and is this an act of your own free will?

IT IS

The Wedding Vows: (Please turn to face one another and hold hands…)

“I, Christopher, take you Jennifer, to be my wife from this day forward, to join with you and share all that is to come, and I promise to be faithful to you until death parts us.”

Do you Christopher, pledge these vows before God, family and friends?

I DO

“I, Jennifer, take you Christopher, to be my husband from this day forward, to join with you and share all that is to come, and I promise to be faithful to you until death parts us.”
Do you Jennifer, pledge these vows before God, family and friends?
I DO

The Exchange of Rings/Pastoral Blessing

What do you offer as a symbol of your love and commitment

THESE RINGS (clergy receives both rings from best man)

The circle is the symbol of the Sun, the Earth and the universe. It is the image of wholeness, perfection and peace. May these rings serve as a reminder of your unbroken and complete circle of love, for love freely given has no beginning and no end. May these wedding rings also remind you always of the vows you have taken here today.

Christopher, please take Jennifer’s left hand and repeat after me…

“As a symbol of my love for you my commitment to you throughout our lives, I give you this ring in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

Jennifer, please take Christopher’s left hand and repeat after me…

“As a symbol of my love for you my commitment to you throughout our lives, I give you this ring in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

Blessing over the two hands and rings;
Lord, bless and consecrate this couple and their love
“In Nomine Patri, Fili, and the Spirtus Sancti”

Pronouncement:
Jennifer and Christopher have chosen to be married here today in God’s natural surroundings. As we breathe in this moment of happiness, and the awe of the beauty that attends it, may we join together in a silent prayer for the their marriage – that it will bring them a lasting peace, harmony, and heartfelt contentment.
Jennifer and Christopher, you have chosen one another and promised your love and devotion by the exchange of rings. Now, in the recognition of your shared desire to unite your lives together in the witness of God, family and friends, I happily pronounce that you are husband and wife…
Christopher, you may kiss your bride.

Closing Words:

The wedding is not over, it has just begun.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce for the very first time,
Mr and Mrs. Cadoret.

Congratulations, go in peace.

The Wedding Ceremony for
Amy Christine Langholdt and Charles Curtis Coughlin
The Grace Inn @ Ahwatukee, Arizona
August 23, 1997 5:00 PM

Opening Words and The Ceremony:
The Reverend Peter Edward Lanzillotta, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Wedding ceremony for Amy and Curtis…

Q: Who gives permission and their blessing to their daughter for this wedding service?
A: “Her Mother and I Do.”

Amy and Curtis would first like to acknowledge their parents, Dennis and Mary Kay, Ron and Cathy… You have given them the affection and the encouragement to arrive here today in peace, ready and willing to follow your loving examples. You have provided them with your caring support, everlasting guidance, constant strength, and your openhearted understanding. From you, they have learned how to love, and for this they will be forever grateful…
( Bride and groom offer flowers to their parents…)

Amy and Curtis also wanted me to thank all of you for coming here today to share in their celebration. The history you bring to this moment, as their friends and family members, defines much of who they are as individuals, and what they can become as a couple. Each of you have unselfishly given of yourselves. You have helped them to arrive here, today, as happy and healthy, loving people. Thank you.

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Words To The Couple:
Amy and Curtis, many paths have led you to this destination; to this special time and place where you will soon pledge that you belong to each other. Your travels and travails, with all of its twists and turns, have brought you to a place, and has prepared to begin a shared journey together, for the rest of your lives.
Your dreams are something you have never compromised, and the dream of having a relationship that is special, loving, and fulfilling has never been more true or real than it is today. On this day of your marriage, you stand within the charmed circle of your love, and this is as it should be.
Now, as you are ready to make your promises to one another, we all hope and wish that this day will become the beginning of a relationship that will grow and deepen, expand and mature with each passing year. For it will be your love for one another that will make the latter days warmer and more wonderful than the first.

Selected Readings: St. Paul On Love- 1 Cor. 13
Love is patient, love is kind and envies no one. Love is neither boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful. Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but only delights itself in the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Three things abide forever: Faith, Hope and Love. And the greatest of these is Love.
from 1 Cor. 13 NEB; NRSV

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The Promises of Marriage
Marriage is the promise of companionship, of having someone to share all of life’s experiences.
Marriage does not promise that there will not be any
rough times, just the assurance that there will always be someone who cares and will help you through to better times.
Marriage does not promise you eternal romance, just eternal love and commitment.
Marriage can’t prevent disappointments, disillusionment, or grief; but it can offer hope, acceptance, and comfort.
Marriage can’t protect you from making individual choices, or shelter you from the world. But it will help to reassure you that there is someone by your side who truly cares.
When the world hurts you and makes you feel vulnerable, marriage offers the promise that there will be someone waiting to listen, to console and inspire.
Marriage is the joining of two people who share the promise that only marriage can make- to share the sunshine and the shadows, and to experience a richer, more fulfilling life because of it. Bettie Meeks

The Wedding Vows (the couple follow the clergyman up on the platform …)
Amy and Curtis, please turn, face one another and hold hands… ( Bride passes her flowers to her maid of honor… )
The hands offered by the two of you are extensions of yourselves… in their touch, they link and connect your mutual love. Cherish their touch, for when you touch hands, you can touch another’s heart another’s soul as well. Be sensitive to its pulse. Seek always to understand its flow and respect its rhythms.

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Amy and Curtis, when you take one another as husband and wife, you must love and respect each other. You must trust one another always, and be worthy of the trust that another person and another heart places in you. You will need to stand by each other, and be willing to face whatever may come into your lives with strength, patience, fortitude and open to learning the lessons of faith and grace.

Bride: I, Amy, take you, Curtis, to be my wedded husband. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until death do us part.

Groom: I, Curtis, take you, Amy, to be my wedded wife. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until death do us part.

The Ring Prayer and The Exchange of Rings
Q: What do you offer as a symbol of your love and fidelity?
A: ” These Rings ” ( Clergy receives the rings from the best man… )

The circle is the symbol of the sun and the earth and the universe. It is a sign for wholeness, perfection and peace. May these rings be forever the symbol of the unbroken circle of your love.
Love freely given has no beginning and has no end. Love freely given has no giver and has no receiver, for each is the giver and each is the receiver. May these rings remind you always of the vows you have taken here today.

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Bride: With this ring, I thee wed, and pledge my faithful love …

Groom: With this ring, I thee wed, and pledge my faithful love …

Clergy now blesses the rings… “In nomini Patri, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti… Amen”

The Lighting Of The Unity Candle
The Bride and groom step over to the candles…
Light has always symbolized life, spirit, and hope. This candle symbolizes the inner light that can be shared by two people who love. In the lighting of the unity candle, Amy and Curtis express the merging of their two families, and their two families as one. In this act, we acknowledge the connection of two hearts and the entry of two souls into a united and shared future.

A Love Poem Of Togetherness ( from the Apache wedding ceremony)
Now you will feel no rain, for each shall be shelter to the other.
Now you shall feel no cold, for each shall be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness, for each shall be a companion to the other
Now there are two bodies, but there is only one life between you.
Go, now to your dwelling place, to enter into the days of your togetherness, and may your days be good and long upon the earth.

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The Pronouncement, Benediction, and Introduction

Amy and Curtis, because you have chosen each other and have promised each other love and devotion, and have symbolized this covenant by accepting these wedding rings, by the authority invested in me by God, the State, and in the witness of your family and friends, I gladly pronounce, that you are now, husband and wife. Congratulations!
Curtis, you may kiss your bride…

“Yaw kole Adonai barak shamar…” May the Lord Bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his peace to shine upon you. May he life up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you, for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Curtis Coughlin Congratulations, and go in peace…

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