Wedding words

Fierce passion — Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 NRSV How wonderful it is when an ancient sacred text speaks with a seemingly contemporary voice. Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many […]

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To Be a We — Jim Burklo, USA

The I I think is what I am Is actually a we The what I am is what you are There is no separate me For I don’t weigh a single pound Nor look a single see I can’t be touched, I can’t be found My body I can’t be And so it is with […]

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Reaffirmation of wedding vows

Do we reaffirm?  Renew?  Re-charge?  Re-ignite? Re-commit? What words can contain gratitude for years of commitment past? What words express our hope of continued love and fidelity for years to come? This service, created by Ana Gobledale for use in London,weaves together words from numerous sources.  It includes vows, blessing of wedding rings, and an […]

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UK legalities for same-sex weddings

There is prescribed wording to follow at two key points in the service – when the couple declare themselves free to marry, and when they take one another as husband or wife. This is a legal requirement  and it is essential to observe it.   To the couple: I ask you, A and C, to […]

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Wedding banquet prayer — Tod Gobledale, UK

Pray with me. Indeed our hearts are overflowing with joy! As we sit at these tables, tables filled with the earth’s bounty for our celebration, we remember and give thanks, Eternal One, for your unnumbered blessings in our lives. We give thanks for family and friends gathered here. We remember loved ones not with us […]

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Hindu Love Poem

For weddings and Valentine’s Day… Yes, we have become partners. I have become yours. Hereafter, I cannot live without you. Do not live without me. Let us share the joys. We are word and meaning, unite. You are thought and I am sound. May the nights be honey-sweet for us. May the plants be honey-sweet […]

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Sonnet XVII, a love poem — Pablo Nerudae

for a wedding and Valentine’s Day… You have become mine forever. I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off. I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. I love you as the plant […]

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Mystery of matrimony: a daughter marries — Ana Gobledale, UK

The mystery of matrimony “Who brings this woman to be married?” We do. To be married To be coupled To be knotted, twisted together Today tomorrow to death Joining a heritage of still-married Great grands through alcoholism and a debilitating stroke The hospital bed at living room centre Year after year Today tomorrow to death […]

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