02 Nov 2016
Celtic Wedding Ceremony
This is a long ceremony-45 minutes[Officiant] We have come together here in celebration of the joining together of _______and _______. There are many things to say about marriage. Much wisdom concerning the joining together of two souls, has come our way through all paths of belief, and from many cultures. With each union, more knowledge is gained and more wisdom gathered. Though we are unable to give all this knowledge to these two, who stand before us, we can hope to leave with them the knowledge of love and its strengths and the anticipation of the wisdom that comes with time. The law of life is love unto all beings. Without love, life is nothing, without love, death has no redemption. Love is anterior to Life, posterior to Death, initial of Creation and the exponent of Earth.
Presentation of a woman/man
Others would ask, at this time, who gives this woman/man in marriage, but, as a woman/man is not property to be bought and sold, given and taken, I ask simply if she/he comes of their own will and if they have the family’s blessing.
_______, is it true that you come of your own free will and accord? [Woman/Man] Yes, it is true.[Officiant] With whom do you come and whose blessings accompany you. [FATHER] She/he comes with me, her/his father, and is accompanied by all of her/his family’s blessings.
________, I have not the right to bind thee to ________, only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time and place your ring in her/his hand.[1st person] It is my wish. [Officiant] ________, if it be your wish for ________ to be bound to you, place the ring on his/her finger. (places ring on left ring finger)
2nd person, I have not the right to bind thee to ______ only you have this right. If it be your wish, say so at this time and place your ring in his/her hand.[first person] It is my wish. [Officiant] _______, if it be your wish for _______ to be bound to you, place the ring on her/his finger. (places ring on _____ left ring finger)
(to both) Repeat after me:
Today I recognize you, my anam cara
And ask that you become a part of me, in sacred kinship.
With you, I have lost all fear and have found the greatest courage. I have learned to love and let myself be loved.
With you, I have found a rhythm of grace and gracefulness. Love has reawakened in my life; a rebirth; a new beginning. With you my anam cara,
I understood, I am home.
Provided by Reverend Sandy